Bev Relfe sends this report of unusual weather from the Clayton area, “a little late” as she notes. It’s surprising how local weather can be at times — as Bev said, “I have spoken to people in Pakenham, CP, Almonte, and even 5 minutes down the road who did not get this storm”:

On Saturday, June 6th, I was admiring my hosta bed thinking how great the red mulch and the new green hosta growth looked together.

One hour later Mother Nature decided to shake things up. Hailstones, the size of mothballs, fell so hard we thought the windows might break. Within 4 or 5 minutes the ground was was white and the hostas and most of my seedlings and other plants ready to go into the garden were in shreds. The hostas look as though someone used them for target practice.

When the ice melted the red mulch was green with leaves from the surrounding trees. I can’t remember ever seeing hailstones this large. A huge mess to clean up. Oh well, so we start anew but what else is there to do?

B.A. Relfe, Clayton/Taylor Lake