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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It Was A Rough Day In The Garden, But...

nothing to complain about at Clay and Limestone...
Real tragedies are being experienced by families across the south and central states after being pounded by deadly tornadoes on Friday, March 3.  Hardest hit were Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky, but 117 tornadoes touched down in eleven states, from Southern Ohio to Northern Florida.  (source)

My heart aches for all the families who lost loved ones; their homes and their entire  communities... I can only imagine how they feel.  Recovery is just beginning, but, it will be a long and painful process.

To help you can contact:

National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster,
Direct Relief,
The American Red Cross
or, search the internet


Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. So sad, isn't it? We had 4 confirmed tornadoes in my area, damage and deaths. Heartbreaking and wrong.


    ps, glad you are safe

    1. Thanks Frances, It was the first time I was actually afraid of a storm. xoxog

  2. Thanks for the perspective and the links so that we can do something to help.

  3. I got hailed on at work, but no hail in my garden, so I am thankful. Blessings to all who lost so much...

  4. Life can change in an instant and this is a very thoughtful and heartfelt post. Thank you for the message and the link.

  5. Yes, terrible destruction and such. So sad. The garden will recover, but only time will help heal the wounds of those who suffer.~~Dee

  6. Hello Gail girl : )
    I am so sorry for such destruction and death in your country .. as gardeners we appreciate life so dearly because we are such close witnesses to it growing in our gardens .. we love any wild life that visits .. we respect life so intensely.
    My thoughts go out to those dear people that are left to pick up the pieces and continue on with such tragedy in their hearts.

  7. Dear Gail, I had no idea! How could I have missed such horrific weather news?!! Thank you for posting this sad news and for the links. I hope your home and gardens are OK. I will go now and find out what actually happened. Carol

  8. A wonderful reminder, Gail, to count our blessings and to remember those who have experienced such tragedy in the past week. We've had strong winds and even hail last week, but nothing like the destruction 200 miles south of me in Harrisburg, IL and across southern Indiana.

  9. Thanks for keeping things in perspective. When I see what has happened I resolve to remember that my complaints are so trivial.

  10. Good to hear you are safe Gail. My heart and prayers goes out to the victims and their families. My Cousin in Henryville lost their outbuildings. Their youngest son was home when the tornadoes were coming. He let their horse go free hoping it would find a place of safety on its own. The horse returned two days later..the barn is gone. Thankfully the horse survived. Amazing the will to survive.

  11. My heart goes out to those families who lost their loved ones and homes. I grew up in "tornado alley " and have witnessed their horrible devastation. The super tornado outbreak of April 3-4, 1974 was the most intense in history, spanning 13 states and leaving 315 people dead.In my home state of Alabama there wre 8 tornadoes that killed 86 people and the destruction of property was immense. When I hear tornado warnings here in N.C. I want to run for shelter but folks here rarely have basements or storm cellars and I re-live the nightmares of my childhood. I want a storm cellar in my next house.

  12. I am happy you are okay. My prayers go out to all those affected.

  13. If that wasn't bad enough, my heart just broke when I saw it all covered in snow in the Toronto papers shortly thereafter. Cold, homeless and grieving - can't imagine much worse. May the next few weeks see gentler weather and easier times while they rebuild their lives.

  14. Such horrific times for these people. My heart goes out to them. It makes me realize how blessed I am and that I'd better not be complaining!

  15. Glad you are safe Gail. It's heartbreaking seeing the devastation. It could happen to any of us - all the more reason to appreciate our families, be grateful for what we have, and help wherever we can.

  16. Glad you're safe Gail. The devastation is heartbreaking, and makes those of us who were unaffected feel very grateful for everyone, and everything in our lives.

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