While we in the Pacific Northwest have been experiencing a warm and dry spring and posting about our gorgeous green gardens and copius blooms, my niece Alison, who lives in Wasilla sees this when she looks over her front garden.
Although the snow finally melted, night temperatures are still in the 20's. Alaska is experiencing the coldest spring on record. Read more about it here.
Besides the conifers, the only green Alison could find in her garden was in this picture. Hooray for tough as nails Bergenia!
You can imagine that this is having a rather deleterious effect on the mental well being of gardeners in the area. Thinking to cheer herself up a bit, Alison visited a nearby nursery which had put out some of their perennials. After looking at the offerings though, she felt that she already had a sufficient representation of this color palette in her garden and left empty-handed.
On May 18th, this was the view from her front door.
Moose, it's what's for dinner!
I guess it's true what they say in the song, "When it's Springtime in Alaska, it's 40 below!"
Meanwhile inside the house, the corn and tomatoes are nearly four feet tall and plants started from seed are filling every available window space!
It's too cold to put the newly hatched chicks out with the other chickens and ducks because, even being in a shelter with a heat lamp, when temperatures are as low as they currently are, the chicks cannot be kept warm enough.
Anyway, when I look out my kitchen window and see this
Comedian Sam Kinison used to advise starving people in desert areas to simply "GO WHERE THE FOOD IS!" It is in that spirit that I advise my temperature impaired (climate challenged?) relatives to MOVE WHERE THE WARMTH IS! Seriously though, sorry about your extended winter! This probably wouldn't be a good time to say that I turned the furnace off for the season quite a few weeks ago, right? Just checking.