David Goodgame asked me to take a look at Gardening, Alaskan Style, his personal website. The first thing you see is a photo of the summer garden he has created with Edith. If you didn’t know it was Alaska, you’d say, “Wow! Let’s move there–it looks like a great place to garden!” Roses, peonies, delphiniums all growing in luxurious abundance. A sight for sore eyes, let me tell you. Then he has several pages of information where he tells you more about his flowers and how he grows them–even where he finds the best buys. This bears further investigation. I can’t do it justice at the moment, but you can bet I’m coming back to read this site thoroughly. If you’re interested in lilies, roses, delphiniums, verbascums–or just pretty pictures, you should check it out, too.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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