Heat Wave Pushes Alaskan Peony Season Two Weeks Early

Work on the Alaska Blooms Peony Farm halts around mid-morning because it’s just too hot to harvest.

“Normally I would come out here at 8:00 and leisurely harvest because it’s so cool and nice in Alaska,” owner Rachel Christy said. “But this has been beastly, so we’ve been getting out here at 6:00 in the morning.”

The massive heat wave at the end of June kept Christy unexpectedly busy. The season is usually ramping up this time of year. Instead, it’s winding down about two weeks early.

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