Category Archives: Snow

Getting closer!

So yesterday I walked out the door on the way to work to see this:

Car with a good dusting of snow.

The garden was pretty snowy as well.  It didn’t stick, but this is the most we’ve had so far.

Snow on the garden



Winter is coming!

The tundra (and the TundraGarden) are changing color.

The pond had its first ice this morning, which lasted until after noon.

And there was a small drift of snow against the door…

Winter is coming…

OK, that took a while…

The last post was a bit optimistic.  The rest of March was really cold, and the snow didn’t melt completely off the Tundra Garden until a few days ago.  Now it is bare, but still pretty brown.

Tundra Garden, June 2012

First snow!

I woke up this morning to snow. It had stuck to the ground and to the vehicles. It wasn’t that heavy, and it’s gone now, but it was good to see.

First snow Fall 2011


Although apparently the official temperature in Barrow has not yet dropped below freezing, it clearly did out here.  The pond (which was actually installed over Labor Day weekend, but the post somehow never got past draft form until earlier today) had a thin skin of ice.

Ice on the new pond

The TG gets some visitors (or so I hear)

The TundraGarden has really greened-up in the past couple of weeks.  It went from this:

Snow in the TG on June 15.

to this:

June 20

in the space of five days, while I was on a quick trip to upstate New York taking my daughter to spend part of the summer with her grandmother!  The willows are green and the dwarf and Arctic buttercups are in full bloom.

Iridescent buttercups

And a good thing, too.  There were a number of people who had been attending the Arctic Imperatives conference and were now touring the Arctic.  They flew into Barrow and were given a bus tour.  My husband was acting as tour guide, and must have mentioned the TG, since the participants demanded that the bus be detoured so they could see it.  Apparently people were enthusiastic and many pictures were taken.

Christmas catus & Midnight Sun

The garden is less than pretty at the moment, since it’s rather grey and snowing right now.  So I though I’d put up a picture of one of the blossoms on the Christmas cactus that is blooming at the moment, taken the other night, backlit by midnight sun.

Cactus flower

A bit of clean up

The last bits of snow from last winter

The garden is finally snow-free.  The snowbirds (snow buntings, but everyone here calls them snowbirds) & other small birds have been snacking on the seeds in the pods as they emerged through the snow.  We feed the birds commercial seed, but it seems like they should be able to eat their normal diet.  They seem to have finished what there was to eat, so it was time for clean-up.  I spent a while this afternoon trimming dead stalks from Artemisias, Potentillas and Ranunculi, and things look much better.  I put one of the pinwheels out again, too.

I also picked up the new plant markers project where I left it last fall.  I’d written on markers with a Sharpie, and was then using a label maker to make tapes to put on that would be easier to read.  The new markers are aluminum, and the ones that were out over the winter already had signs of corrosion from the salt air here.  I had to use steel wool to smooth them before putting the labels on.  We will have to see how long they last.