This blog is usually pretty quite in the winter. The garden is buried under X feet of snow, and that just doesn’t make for a lot of interesting posts. To top that off, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer last Thanksgiving, and died right after New Year’s. She was a smoker, and it got her in the end.
But now the garden is coming back to life. After a couple warm days, it has been a cold gray spring. The ice never really opened up, so Barrow caught no whales, something which hasn’t happened in a very long time, since before I first visited in the 1980s, maybe a lot longer.
As late as the end of May, the garden was covered with a fair bit of snow.
TG at the end of May.
In a week and a half, the snow had melted, and the flowers had just begun to peek out.
The first Diapensia
Buttercups coming into bloom.
Willows coming into bloom.
Now things are really moving fast. Just a week later the Diapensia are in full flower, the willow flowers are really huge, and buttercups (both snow and dwarf) are blooming!
S. longifolia in full bloom.
Several willows in flower.
Diapensia in full flower.
…has really lead to a rapid greening-up of much of the garden, although the bits that were under the really deep snow are behind. Right now, the potentillas & buttercups are going strong, so there are yellow flowers everywhere.
Yellow flowers of all sorts.
Mosses have been spreading over the years (with encouragement). Some of them are reproducing (blooming?, fruiting?) at the moment.
Moss by whalebone.
The TundraGarden has really greened-up in the past couple of weeks. It went from this:
Snow in the TG on June 15.
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.
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.
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Tagged Arctic, Barrow, buttercups, flowers, garden, markers, Snow, spring, willow
It was a nice sunny day, and the buttercups were really spectacular. So here are a few more pictures for the buttercup fans out there.
Pigmy or dwarf buttercups.
Buttercups in the sunshine