Archive for December, 2012

Interesting Herbicide Article

Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by Ron

Read an interesting article in the November 2012 Sustainable Agriculture for Alaska newsletter on herbicides and their ability to both stay in the ground longer than expected and to travel to new locations via mulching.  Again, the loss of the Agricultural Research Service unit (ARS) in Alaska is hampering our ability to grow crops here.

While peonies were not identified, specifically, other flowers and vegetables were impacted and the likelihood is that there would be a similar impact on peonies if the identified practices were followed.  I’ve attached the article below.

Unexpected Transmitters of Herbicides

2012 Winter Solstice

Posted on: December 22nd, 2012 by Ron

December 21st was the longest night of the year!  Robert Frost, I think I heard sleigh bells.  This picture was taken at high noon from our back porch.  It was -41F.

High noon Dec 21st 2012

High noon Dec 21st 2012

Wedding Peonies

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Ron

A former teacher from Salcha Elementary School got married this Fall back East.  We supplied the peonies.

 

Winter is here

Posted on: December 8th, 2012 by Ron

It’s definitely Winter now.  Temperatures have been running in the -40s at night and getting up into the -30s during the day.  Even for us, that’s a tad on the chilly side this early in the season.  This is the type of weather we usually don’t have until January.  The weather man is predicting (that means “guess”) that we will have warmer temperatures the first of the week.  We’ll see.  Thankfully, we did get about a foot of snow earlier last month because it doesn’t snow when it is this cold — no moisture in the air.  Our babies are all snug in their beds with the white sheets pulled up tight over their heads.

Winter Peony Fields

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