Storm last night

lsmcw(7b-AL)May 26, 2011

One of the storms last night blew out the top of a huge Sweet Gum. It didn't fall on the house - it DID fall on a big chunk of garden. Destroyed a 20' Halesia diptera, Clethra alnifolia, a native azalea (can't remember which one), mulberry, Joe Pye, and an Oakleaf Hydrangea. I am in mourning for the Halesia. Yes, I know it didn't damage the house and no one was injured and I am grateful but I have been loving this Silverbell for years and will miss it deeply. And if the Sweet Gum eventually dies, I will lose a great deal of shade which a whole lot of Hellebores, Hosta, Bottlebrush Buckeye, etc depend on. sigh Linda

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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

You're lucky! Not your poor tree and the plants underneath. I have heard many stories of lightning strikes and property damage over the last few years.It's scarey and amazing what lightning can do.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 7:20PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I am so sorry for the loss of your Silverbell. We've had ours for just four years and love it so much. It's the tree we sprinkle with water on hot summer evenings so that the hummingbirds can take baths on those big leaves. And the bees! Is it possible that every single one of those blossoms are filled with bees? I would miss it terribly if something would happen to it.

That wind last night was something else, wasn't it?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 10:09PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

Linda: I feel your pain! ;-) We lost a couple of old sugar maples (the DH didn't realize they don't thrive in the deep South) several years ago and I've had to redo most of the front yard from shade plants to sun lovers. After the second tree died several years ago, we got a 15-20 foot willow oak to replace it. The man brought one of those trucks with the big four-blade scoop, dug a big hole and carried the dirt off in the scoop. Later he returned with the oak tree lying on top of the truck with the root ball in the scoop. He dropped it in the hole, which, of course, fit perfectly and that tree never missed a beat. We watered it the first summer and now it's probably 30' tall and looks like it's always been there. The azaleas under it got enough shade to survive and are thriving now. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't nearly as expensive as I was afraid it would be. The savings on air conditioning on that side of the house made up for some of it.

Sorry you lost the silverbell. The other things may be salvageable, but trees don't do "renewal pruning" well.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 4:55PM
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