We've been fortunate up until now only to have had winds and rain this summer. Yesterday we had a short hail storm and while most of the garden looked perfectly fine - in fact some of the Hosta leaves were covered in chickpea sized ice - tropicals such as this lovely Brugmansia did not fare as well. The way the leaves have broken apart, you'd think that the ice had come from the ground as well as the skies. Luckily, the buds did not seem to be harmed at all. But the poor thing really does look like a mess at the moment!