We didn’t lose power…

We didn't lose power (like much of the Chicago area), and we didn't get flattened (as some Midwest houses did), but yesterday's storm was pretty damn dramatic. The sky went almost black, the trees were whipping around like mad; I called the kids over to the front parlor windows to watch. I almost didn't take them to preschool because I was worried about driving even ten blocks through that weather, but after about ten minutes it eased up enough that it seeemd safe enough. After work, here's what I came home to in my front yard:

Dude. It was not easy to drag that thing to the curb, let me tell you that. And after at least an hour of picking up sticks, there are still more sticks to go. Despite that, we had basically no actual damage, not even to plants, which is sort of astonishing. I spent a while cleaning up this morning, then this afternoon, finally managed to plant the hostas that Rachel B. gave me.

I'm really liking this whole neighborhood thing -- I found Rachel on the Oak Park village gardening forum, and she'd volunteered up some hostas she was dividing, which I gratefully accepted. I went over Friday morning with a spade, which it turned out I didn't need, because she had a forged spading fork, which was a much better tool for the job of digging perennials, shrubs, small trees out of the ground. I don't need one yet, but someday, when I have an established perennial garden, I will want one. She basically dug them out for me, though I did help. And I came home with four big hostas -- two solid dark green, two with a white stripe on the outside.

This afternoon, I planted them, while Anand hung out with me. Eventually, Kev and Kavi came out and helped me clear some more storm debris. It was sweaty and satisfying and even kind of fun. House, garden, good. And while I'm sorry for the people who lost power (or houses!), I am really glad to be back in the Midwest where we have monster storms. They are kind of fabulous.

1 thought on “We didn’t lose power…”

  1. Robert E. Harris

    I love hostas. Good for you getting them in. Remember to keep them watered this summer. (I lost about half my hostas after a hot and dry summer and a dry winter here in central Missouri.)

    I offered to send you some bulbs of Galanthus Elwesii (giant snowdrop) when they were ready to dig. These are somewhat larger and earlier than the regular snowdrops. Sometimes ours start to bloom in mid-December. This year they were blooming as the snow melted in late January. the snow finally melted, they were blooming.

    I’ll try to send you about 30. That would make two good patches if planted about three inches apart and two inches deep. Let me know a good mailing address for this. They need to keep their leaves into late June, so they make mowing messy in the late spring if they are in the grass, as mine are. They could go under deciduous shrubs.


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