Alaska green-up is like pushing a button

Green up in the Taiga

In the taiga of Alaska, the main tree types are black and white spruce, cotton-wood, alder, and birch. Obviously, not much variety as not many trees can survive winters with temperatures way below -40F (-40oC), and the low root space of the active layer. The active layer is the frozen ground that thaws during summer and refreezes in fall. The ground below that remains frozen for two or more consequent years is the permafrost.

In mid-latitudes, the huge variety of tree types leads to a continuous green-up with one or a few tree types at a time over the range of a month or so. On the contrary, in the taiga of Interior Alaska, the low variety of trees means that all trees green up at the same time. Consequently, you may drive to work in the morning and the trees are still bare, and on your way home in the evening everything is green. It gives you the feeling that someone had pushed a button to switch on the green.

mature Alaskan woman in spring work outfit with floral skirt
Loft printed floral skirt with chartreuse sweater, L.K. Bennett pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) with own pearl necklaces except for Akoya saltwater pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source (upper most)

Green-up facts

On average, in Fairbanks, green-up occurs on May 4. Of course, the interannual variability can surprise you earlier or makes you wait for the event like a kid waits since Thanksgiving for the Christmas gifts.

When did green-up start where you live? Just curious.

#styleover50 mature woman in work outfit with printed pencil skirt
Front view of cashmere sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Loft print pencil skirt, L.K. Bennett pumps, with own pearl necklaces except for the Akoya saltwater pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source (upper most)

You may also like to read about what Alaskans grow in their yards and Alaska weeds you can eat.

Green-up colored work outfit

This OOTD shows you how to wear a geometric floral print skirt to work. The chartreuse of the sweater, and in the print, the white in the skirt and pearls, as well as the blue of the pumps and in the print pull the outfit together. The pumps, the style of the sweater, and the pencil cut permit wearing this outfit for work on Casual Friday despite of the vacation/weekend vibe of the print.

You can find other examples of how to wear floral prints to work, leopard and floral prints in a work outfit, and prints with a vacation vibe to work.

What are your tricks to get more wear out of your wardrobe? Email them to me, I am curious.

#over50fashion mature woman in floral printed skirt, chartreuse sweater with blazer work outfit
Cartoon blazer un-buttoned with cashmere sweater, Loft print pencil skirt, Jaeger tote, L.K. Bennett pumps, with own pearl necklaces except for the Akoya saltwater pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source (upper most)

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Photos: G. Kramm

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