Well I'm glad that I haven't gotten too overzealous with planting yet because we had a pretty good hail storm this evening. There are piles of hail in the ditches and by the gutters of the house. :( Those pretty tulips I posted pictures of in my last post? Shredded to smithereens. I'm glad we got to enjoy them for a week anyways. The rest of my tulips are immature enough that their buds didn't get ruined. Some of the trees are missing leaves and luckily my peony's are sheltered enough they didn't get hit.
This is the un-fun part of gardening in Alberta. The weather can be so unpredictable. Our average "last day of frost" is May 23, I think I'm going to wait until June 1 at least to put my more tender stuff out.
And just in case of frost or more hail, I bought some heavy duty clear plastic to make a "lean-to" against the fence. The frost I can deal with but seeing your entire garden hailed out is so disheartening.
We usually don't get hail storms until August here. Today we had a really good thunderstorm that brought in the hail. 2 years ago we had such a bad storm there was tornados spotted and a huge portion of the Alberta farmer's had their crops absolutely smashed into the ground.
I hope this isn't a bad sign of how our summer is going to be!!