Flowers

Yesterday the flowers started blooming in the Tundra Garden.  The snow melted a bit oddly this year, so the snow buttercups,

First snow buttercups

a few potentillas,

A single Potentilla

and the Diapensia

Diapensia in bloom

all came out at once.  I noticed that the buttercups weren’t this far along until Solstice last year, which is a bit surprising considering all the snow.

The Arctophila in the new pond is just starting to show.  The old tub hasn’t been hauled away yet, and the Arctophila in the is actually farther along, despite the new pond being black and the tub being white.  The tundra ponds are dark, so I doubt the new pond is too hot…

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

Spring is on the way!

Today I opened the refrigerator, and my hand on the door moved into a sunbeam. While I reached in to get something out, I felt the warmth of the sun on my hand. Spring really is coming.

Pollen brings ancient royal garden to life

Pollen brings ancient royal garden to life | Archaeology News from Past Horizons.

Can’t beat this.  It’s archaeology and gardening in one!

It’s been nice to find this, with Australian flowers. While the TundraGarden is under about 5 feet of snow (1.5m for those of you used to more sensible measurement systems), gardens in the Antipodes are blooming away!

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

New Pool installed

As I mentioned a while ago, the pond (AKA bathtub) had been badly damaged by a front-end loader. I had ordered a replacement plastic pond, but hadn’t found time to install it. Finally, Glenn & I got around to doing it today.

We were very lucky to get some help getting the old cast-iron bathtub out of the ground and moved aside from some fellows working by our house. Thanks guys! You saved us hours.

Glenn standing by the discarded bathtub pool

The replacement came in a box, and had to be unrolled. We let it “relax” inside, per instructions, & even heated it with a hair dryer to help the process. Unfortunately, it showed a tendency to curl back up when it was outside in the 40F temps we have. Since the pad is gravel and there already was a hole where I wanted to put it, it was impossible to dig a hold to conform to the pool outline (it came with templates & that would have been easy in a silt loam or clay), so the edges don’t look great. We weighted them, and will try mounding gravel up & over them.

Pool in place