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Apr 15, 2011 10:14 PM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Marian, I am so sorry to learn of what happened to your beautiful irises and other plants! And I can only imagine the disappointment and frustration you must be feeling. What a major bummer!!! Our big problem for the past two years here has been dust storms and high winds, but nothing like hail. And after running around trying to stake the taller stalks in 50 mph winds last year, this year I decided to be proactive and staked many of them just in case (so of course it won't happen this year, don't you know!). But what can you do about hail? Any cover you would try to put over them would probably blow away or collapse on the flower stalks, making it even worse. But I have a feeling that if there is some ingenious way of dealing with this type of situation, you'll come up with it! And if not, I'll bet you've been out there trying to see what you can save and moving on. And you're so right about what happened to so many others in the last couple of days. It is all really terrible, but you are a very positive person and perhaps there are quite a few stalks that maybe you can stake now and they'll go ahead and bloom. And if any are showing color you might want to bring them inside and let them bloom there. I just had to do that with my one stalk on GRACIOUS CURVES that I found flattened yesterday (probably by one of my little feline critters), and I had a flower open today. So we never know what will happen...

Betty

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