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.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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