Not Just A Land of Snow and Ice

8 June 2012       10.00 AM          58F       Cloudy

Alaska is a huge place, and there are indeed some parts of it that wouldn’t ever be considered as qualifying for a traditional summer vacation destination for those who’s idea of such a place is sun, sea and sand. However, the whole of Alaska is not, as some believe, continually encased in snow and ice or laboring under perpetual darkness.

When Spring comes, as it does eventually, the State’s vegetation bursts into a growing frenzy, covering the landscape with an amazing variety of shades of green, interspersed with splashes of colour from the many natural flowers.

Even at our place, where gardening is one of those things that seems like a good idea until you step outside and are consumed by the flying hordes of mosquitoes, we have managed to plant and grow some very pretty flowers.

flowers in our border
Our flower border

Most of the plants we have were gifted to us by a very kind neighbour, who spent a great deal of time trying to educate us in the best way to nourish and care for our garden and the differences that being in Alaska create. It is thanks to Ted’s patience that we don’t just have grass and gravel.

Columbines
White Iris
Siberian Pea Shrub
Yellow Flowers ( I know, I was doing so well with the identities until now)

Scattered throughout our driveway borders we now have wild geraniums, lupins, indian paint brushes and very pretty delicate ferns. We’ve tried to keep a natural look to our surroundings – which means minimal weeding !

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