Fairbanks’ summers typically have a bounty of flowers. They blossom nicely and grow well as there is light 24-7. This summer was very hot with a record breaking number of days with temperatures above 77F (25C). Thus, people were busy watering their flowers to keep them alive. The high insolation, relatively windy conditions and high temperatures increased the potential transpiration of the plants. Fortunately, plants have mechanisms to regulate their transpiration to a certain degree. Their transpiration depends on the aforementioned meteorological conditions, and plant available soil moisture. If the air gets too hot and/or dry and/or the soil moisture is low they can close their stomata to reduce transpiration. At the same time, however, they do less photosynthesis. If the conditions of high potential transpiration and a deficit of plant available water persist too long, the plants reach their permanent wilting point and die. Then any watering is too late. After the first frost, the blossom bounty is usually over. All that lasts are photos of the flowers or prints. I am holding on to the flowers with my floral pumps.
I am wearing a Burberry Prorsum trench coat, leather carpi, a silk cashmere top and the Truth or Dare floral pumps by Madonna.
Photos of me: G. Kramm (2013)
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