Wednesday, June 14, 2017

After (and Before) the Storm

 
As I finished up taking pictures of the flowers (previous posts), this rolled in ...
And it was time to go inside! 
 
 
And then after the strong storm swept through,
I took my camera outside to find out what made it through okay ... 
Blanc Double de Coubert

 


Country Dancer  
 
 
 
Carefree Beauty 
 
 
 
Cinco de Mayo 
 
 
Music Box 
 
 
 
Dream Weaver 
 
 
Little Dream Weaver blossom
 
 
Kiss Me 
 
 
Kiss Me again 

 
Easy Does It 

 
Bonica

 

The wasp that was hiding out in Bonica
 
 
Hydrangea
 
 
Peony 
 
   
Double Pink Knockout
 
 
 
 
Therese Bugnet



.. and what didn't make it through okay ... 
Petunias 
 
 
Peonies (took a beautiful picture of this bunch all happy-like just the other day) 

 
Beaten-up Therese Bugnet
(just took a picture of these blooms a couple hours ago when they were still pretty, in the post "June's Roses")
 
 
Battered Peonies, giving up and packing it in
 
(Kinda how I feel some days!)
 
 
And the sad but still pretty Cinco de Mayo bloom
 
 
  
AND THEN ...
Just moments after I took those pictures, the storm came back.  More angry and powerful than before.
 
This is the rain starting again. 
It was such a heavy downpour that I figured I'd take a picture ...
 
 
And a few seconds later ... Oh my goodness! 
 
 
And a few seconds later ...
OH MY GOODNESS!  GET THE KIDS IN THE MINIVAN AND HEAD FOR THE HILLS!!!  GOD'S SENDING ANOTHER FLOOD!!!  AUNTIE EM ... AUNTIE EM!!! 
 
 
And then ... came the hail ... 
 
 
And more hail ... 'cuz no self-respecting storm would blow through without hail!
 
 
 (This is after it had been melting for awhile.)
 
This is the river that's forming next to our garage (and that's filling it with water because the water-level has risen above the bottom of the garage door)  
 
 
And this is the pond that's in the yard next to our house
(Guess what?  There is no pond next to our house.) 
 
 
Yep, I can only imagine how the flowers look after this one. 
Only the strongest will survive!
 
But I know my son's melons didn't ...
Poor things!
 
 
And most of the plants are riddled with hail holes ...
 

(Look at the size of some of these holes!  How big was that hail!?!)
 
 
And two of the 25-foot mulch-lined paths in the garden now have no mulch ...
(But how nice to see that the Creeping Charlie weeds are still there!)
 
 
The mulch ended up washing 30-ish feet away, turning a corner, and piling up in a thick patch in front of the Rhubarb, over the Raspberries, and up along the chicken-wire fence ...  
 
 
Oh, and this is our indoor pool in the basement ...
 
 
Yeah ... Clean-up is gonna be fun!
 
 
Yes, there were a lot of casualties after these two storms,
such as this decapitated Gene Boerner:
 
 
 
But there were still some survivors ...
And they looked even better in the bright light of the following two days!
 
Music Box
 
 
A sea of Music Box 
 
 
A sea of Double Pink Knockout 
 
 
Easy Does It
 
 
Rose de Rescht 
 
 
  
Peony
 
 
Carefree Beauty
 
 
Butterfly Weed 
 
 
New Dawn   
 
 
Hydrangea
 

Isn't this just beautiful?  Intoxicating. 

 
Bonica's nodding blossoms
 
 

The unidentified rose that came with the house
 
  
And a beaten-up Cinco de Mayo rose full of torn-up, downcast blossoms ... 


... and one perfect flower completely untouched by the storm,
blooming all alone in the midst of destruction ...
(There's gotta be a life lesson in there somewhere.
May we all find the strength to keep blooming after the storms!)
 
 
Stunning in the sunlight two days after the storm
 
 
 
 

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