Back in July we visited the Garden at the Palmer Museum. Palmer is in Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Valley (South-central part of the state). This area was settled by homesteaders and farmers and the farming community is still productive.
I was surprised to learn how well things grow in this State that we outsiders tend to think of as the 'great frozen North'.
Summer is a short season up there, but the long daylight hours and rich glacial soil (especially in this Valley) contribute to remarkable growth. Record-setting vegetables are grown here. Everything in the cabbage family, winter squash, and most root vegetables do especially well and the museum grounds had several demonstration vegetable plots.
But I mostly took pictures of the beautiful showy flowers.
Big cabbages may win blue ribbons for Matanuska Valley farmers, but the big beautiful showy peonies won my heart.
The gardens were bursting with color.