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The TundraGarden comes back to life

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

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

The first Diapensia

Buttercups coming into bloom.

Buttercups coming into bloom.

Willows 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.

S. longifolia in full bloom.

Several willows in flower.

Several willows in flower.

Diapensia in full flower.

Diapensia in full flower.






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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