Friday, 18 May 2012

Spring Flora of Alaska
Everyone was excited with the coming of the warmer weather.  With the trees budding and flowers beginning to appear it was a clear indication that the long cold winter was over and the warmer weather was certainly on its way.
Karen and Linda both had vases of tulips when we arrived.  Karen had put pussy willow with hrs.  I love pussy willow.  Karen had a tiny wreath made of pussy willow flowers and to me it looked like a bunch of tiny furry animal babies all huddled together.  Very sweet.

The spruce trees hold their leaves all year but the birch trees lose theirs in the wintertime.  It was still too cold for them to have leaves and I loved the tracery of the twiggy branches.

The moss amazed me too.  It was like a thick mattress and was spongy when you walked on it.

It was amazing to see a tree chewed down by a Beaver.  Real storybook stuff for me.

It Sitka we saw gorgeous big yellow flowers growing on the side of the road.  They were like huge yellow tulips.  Julie and I asked our Chilean taxi driver what they were but he didn't know.  When we got to my cousin Mike's in Ketchikan he told us they went by the very unromantic name of 'Skunk Cabbage' and that the bears loved to eat them.  On one forest walk we actually got to smell one and it wasn't a horrible smell, just a very sweet herby smell.

The bears also like to eat berries, and Salmon Berries were just beginning to flower.  Salmon Berries, Blueberries and Raspberries all grow wild in the forest.  As the berries had not set yet there was only the skunk cabbage for the bears to eat.  Needless to say we didn't see a bear as there still wasn't much food about for them.  The occasional early bear had been seen by others.


  1. What a beautiful country! It must be so exciting - and so refreshing for the soul - to see the flowers start to appear and you know the warmer weather is coming! What a great holiday! I'm so glad you went. Can't wait to see the photo books. Xoxo

  2. Love this post. :) I didn't know those furry things were pussy willow! Didn't you used to have some when we were little? I remember something like that in the house. Aren't the yellow flowers beautiful. Are they tubers? What a terrible name tho LOL. I love the storybook beaver devastation and the springy moss!

  3. So that's what a skunk-cabbage looks like. Anne of Green Gables said: "I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk-cabbage."

  4. Awesome Beaver destruction! That really is storybook stuff! LOL at Ruth's post about skunk-cabbage. IT's cool when you can finally see it in real life! I love Tulips, they've been my fave flower since I saw them for sale for $5 a bunch in the Hauptbahnhof in Berlin when I was 16. I remember thinking they were about $20 a bunch at home, so $5 was an amazing steal! So so pretty.