Pitch black by 6:30 p.m. as Mark was getting ready to go to a photo lecture. Once the wind and rain kicked in it was clear he wasn't going anywhere. I kept expecting the tornado sirens to go off but they didn't. We pulled the curtains just in case something hit the windows. I always figure that will slow down shattered glass from flying into the room. Lost power shortly after 7 p.m. Sat and read with flashlights and a big lantern that lit the room surprisingly well.
But the storm kept drawing us to the windows to marvel at the intensity of the wind and the wildly blowing and twisting trees in the garden. The pond was overflowing into the dry stream mechanism to handle such events. But the water flowing through it was the highest it's been in many years. Once it all calmed down around 9:30 p.m. Mark took the lantern and walked around a bit to see if there was any major damage.
Here's what it looked like this morning. One of our many bunnies briefly joined me for a look at all the twigs and small debris that's scattered all over the garden.
We got 4.32 inches (10.97 centimeters) of rain in not much more than two hours. It was blowing against the house so that you could hardly see out some of the windows. It was enough rain that it started coming in the basement right in the area where we have artwork stored — which meant a lot of things were moved around by flashlight. With no power we couldn't use the shop vac to keep on top of the seepage.
Here's the Lilium henryi that looked so nice in my Wordless Wednesday post. Not sure if they will straighten up on their own. I am guessing the answer is no. My huge Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is all splayed out from the center and I am sure it will have to be tied up for the rest of the season. Luckily most plants and shrubs suffered little permanent damage despite some pretty big branches coming down on them.
Most of the branches that came down were from our Honey Locust trees. One in particular lost a good chunk of a limb. It also left a damaged limb that will likely need an arborist to remove. But I am thrilled that it missed our 'Golden Shadows' Dogwood. Here's the same branch looking down from the back side of the Tea House along the west side fence. This branch is too big to move without doing some cutting which Mark is about to do as soon as he finishes mopping up the basement. The garden certainly needed the rain even if the basement didn't, so I'm not complaining. It could have been much worse.