I just came inside from staking broccoli plants and picking dead branches - large and small - out of the raised beds along the driveway. Last night around 9:30pm, after a day of very hot, still weather, powerful winds struck along with a thunder and lightning storm. The potatoes and beans were being blown perpendicular to the grown, and I feared that the hail forecast in the storm advisory would destroy a large number of my plants. While it did rain (the wind was blowing it so hard, it looked like mist), the hail did not manifest. What a relief.
Our new neighbour's half-dead birch tree dropped deposits in our yard during the storm. We didn't discover that until this morning. The largest branch landed inches from the pea patch. What a mess it would have been if it had landed in the middle of that! The potatoes are still leaning a little north, but should bounce back today. The corn, unfortunately, is looking worse for wear. It took a beating in the wind. I'm going to dig out the bamboo stakes and twine and stake them back up this afternoon.