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Franz’s fields of wildflowers

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2006

 

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  Hilda & Franz Plagge at their grandchildren's playhouse located amongst their wildflower fields on Beaver Loop Rd.

Hilda & Franz Plagge at their grandchildren's playhouse located amongst their wildflower fields on Beaver Loop Rd.

Franz Plagge is a retired pipe fitter who came to the Kenai Peninsula in 1968 and settled on Beaver Loop Rd with his wife Hilda. Born in Germany Plagge came to the United States in 1961 and Hilda in ’62. Their home is a place worthy of a feature story in Better Homes and Gardens with its lush green lawns, fields of wild flowers and towering spruce trees. Hilda and Franz have 3 children and 4 grandchildren and love helping things grow. Franz has devised a method of fertilizing his native spruce trees that seems to have made them larger, greener and more resistant to the spruce bark beetle then the other trees surrounding his property.

 

Behind their home is a free standing tree house Franz built for his grandchildren that would make the Swiss Family Robinson envious. “They go to it like a magnet! They’d rather spend the night up there then come in the house,” says Hilda. The house is fully equipped with swings, teeter-totter, escape shoot slide, firemen’s pole, and climbing rope.

 

Last year Franz decided to clean up a burn area behind his home and rather than let the weeds reclaim his clearing efforts he sewed wild flower seeds. “I sprayed first with a weed killer to give the flowers a chance to take root,” said Franz. And take root they have providing passers by with a plethora of wild flowers blooming with every color of the rainbow. Plagge has now added cement benches where he and Hilda can sit with the kids and grandchildren and enjoy the few sunny days of summer surrounded by fields of wild flowers.



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