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
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.
Since the TundraGarden is in part a display garden so I can show people examples of tundra plants without having to go on a hike on the tundra, it has had plant markers from the beginning. However, the originals have been by people walking on them when the snow is on the ground (the power meter was installed so the reader has to stand in the garden), and so forth, and the etched copper has somehow failed to resemble the pictures in the catalog, instead becoming ugly AND illegible. I need to get new ones.
If anyone has any suggestions where I can find nice ones that can be ordered by phone or on the Internet, please leave me a comment. Thanks in advance!