Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Of course for me, it was another day of work, with major wind and rain this morning. I mean pouring rain and fierce winds. Not bad for some, but for us anti-umbrella Seattleites, it wasn't so great. Despite a mad dash to the car after checking out the garden, and running to the bus, not to mention the run from the bus to work, I thought I was ok. I got to my desk after getting coffee, got situatated, and then my boss gets there from Portland. I say hi, talk for a bit, then go wash my hands in the rest room. When I look in the mirror, to my shock and horror, my hair is plastered to my forehead and looks horrible. Wonderful impression, hehe.
Well, you could care less about my hair. What happened to the garden? Well, my hoop covers held up well. A few of the clips came off in the wind, but otherwise they held firm. Unfortunately, the tomatoes didn't fair so well. The cages were actually a detriment I think. When I dashed into the garden this morning, this what I saw.
The cages are bent, the tarp is nowhere to be found, but the cages couldn't be ripped out because they're attached to the bed with tarps and binder clips. Needless to say they were quickly removed and set aside for bending back into place later. The tomatoes took their chances with the weather for the rest of the day. Thankfully the storm subsided and the sun came out. I think they'll be fine.
As for the other SWC in the garden area. The result was the same.
However, it was a different story over by the potatoes. Recall that I put a garbage bag over the tomato cages. Well, what I didn't consider is that the hoops at the top are not solid surfaces. Therefore the rain puddled in the middle and actually created a 5 inch deep swimming pool at the top of the cage. Then the wind bent the top-heavy cage 90 degrees. It would have come clean off except it was well attached to the SWC lid. I was in a hurry and getting soaked, so I didn't take a picture of the comedy of errors. Instead, when I got home I took this picture of the plants.
Notice the lower branches of the tomato plant on the right? Dead. The top branches are drooping like crazy. I sure hope they bounce back. This is not a good start to their permanent existance...
Everything else looked good, though my poor magnolia tree has lost almost all of its flowers to the wind. Darn and it was so pretty. My wife is disappointed.
Enjoy your garden.