man vs nature

This was the sky on the way upstate last night…


I mean come on Mother Nature, 21 out of the past 25 days its friggin rained…  um me, along with the rest of the forlorn, fedup, dripping punters, in this part of the world, thinks enough already!

The question was with all this torrential rain will the peonies (that hadn’t opened when we left 10 days ago) have survived? or would I find peony petal carnage, savaged by the wilds and a cemetery of broken buds and my broken dreams of gathering bouquets…. BUT, oh joy they survived and I’m about to completely DORK out over them.


and this morning I raced about, scissors in hand, under the growling skies, threatening more bloody rain and chopped down what was left…



its a spectacular sight and the smell, did I mention the SMELL, did you know that they smell, coz they do! and its every bit as beautiful a smell as you would imagine something so pretty smelling


you know what mother nature, you just go on with your bad ass self and rain away, I got what I came for! HA



  1. Posted June 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    what beautiful photos!

  2. Mame Johnston
    Posted June 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the smell is so worth all the rain it takes to get them to be that beautiful! I long to bask in their presence, but they’ll be gone by the time we get up there next month. Enjoy them for me. They don’t do that well in the heat and humidity of NC. Hope the rain stops soon.

  3. Posted June 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    wicked photos…Magnificent flowers.

  4. gloria puester
    Posted June 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    IN Colorado we have had not only rain almost every day for a month but tornado warnings and watches. We need the moisture, but yikes!

    Our peonies only lasted a few days between the heavy rain and winds, but they were stunning and smelled gorgeous while they lasted. Our irises were early this year and also didn’t last long. Have you ever noticed that each different color of iris has a slightly different odor? (All are pleasant but some sweeter or stronger than others.)

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted June 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t know that about iris’s. cool.

  5. Cynthia
    Posted June 27, 2009 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful! Im glad you got to enjoy them.

  6. Gabriel
    Posted June 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! Even though they’re short lived I like the way the bush looks for the rest of the summer. If some are stubborn to open bring them inside and put them in water. They’ll slowly open on their own over a few days (I think the ants give up and move on after a while).

  7. kim
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Too bad about the rainy June you’ve had – but you got to admit that sky is pretty beautiful too. Your peonies look heavenly, I never knew they smelled.

  8. Posted July 14, 2009 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Hey fellow kiwi – sorry you’re getting such icky weather. In Phoenix its the reverse – just boiling! And no beautiful flowers to shoot lovely pictures of…

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