UNION COUNTY — The hailstorm that struck Union County on May 23 did a lot of damage but not to Ravenscroft Street resident Billy Thompson’s flowers.
Thompson, who has been growing flowers for more than a decade, always places them on the rails on and around the ramp leading into his house and in his front yard. The more than 80 flowers in front of his house always attract the attention of passers-by including motorists who Thompson said will often come down the dead end street and take pictures of them from their cars.
While the flowers attract the attention of those who love their bright colors, their presence in front of Thompson’s house made them a prime target for the hailstorm.
Unlike many automobiles that were dented and had their windshields cracked by the storm and the houses that had their roofs damaged, Thompson’s flowers came out of the storm unscathed.
“When the hail came, I thought it would tear them up,” Thompson said. “But the good Lord directed the hail stones and they didn’t tear up the flowers.”
Most of the flowers Thompson is growing this year are Begonias with the rest being Marigolds.
“The Marigolds keep the mosquitoes away,” Thompson said.
Thompson said he buys his flowers from Sanders Garden Center.
“She always has pretty plants,” Thompson said. “She raises them in a greenhouse and then transplants them to a bigger flat. I buy them and transplant them into the pots.”
In addition to his flowers, Thompson is also growing some tomato plants in his front yard. He said that while they were damage slightly the storm, they are doing fine.