A last tribute to summer, 2012, in the Fairbanks area. News report this morning? Black ice warning, and a pileup between where I live and Fairbanks.

Ivy geranium

A hanging basket in my garden

We even have roses. This one, part of the east border to my yard, is not only hardy, it actually spreads.

A peony from the Georgeson Botanical Garden. Would you believe peonies are grown commercially up here, for the cut flower trade? The local blooming season is July, when peonies aren’t blooming anywhere else.

And to finish things off, a self-sown pansy from one of my raised beds. Those are mint and squash leaves behind it.