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 (25oC). 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.
Watching the forecasts for the end of the growing season
In fall, gardeners in the Interior of Alaska follow the weather forecast very closely for frost advisory. They want to harvest their vegetables as late as possible to give them more time to grow. Since everyone does so, a frost forecast causes tweets and facebook postings reading something like “Get your vegetables in”, “harvest time”, or “frost in the forecast 🙁 ” to avoid that friends loose their harvest by the first frost. Thus, after the first frost Alaska kitchen counters are full of green tomatoes.
Interior Alaska’s growing season is very short
When the first night frost is in the forecast everyone also cuts all their frost sensitive, still blooming flowers and puts them in a vase inside the house to further enjoy the last flowers of summer. Frost in the Interior can be as late as June, for which Alaskans don’t start their yards prior to early June, and as early as end of August, i.e. only one month seems totally safe.
Today’s OOTD presents the last flowers of summer. This time was probably the last time I could wear this blazer this year. The first night frost has occurred and that is when I start putting the summer items like this blazer away for the next spring, o.k., late spring. March means still -20F (-28.9oC) or so here in the Interior.
For this outfit I paired my floral blazer with my little white dress and studded pumps. The pumps pick up the color of the blazer. Adding red to a little white dress is a classic. Tweet this. I accessorized with a beads charm necklace and matching earrings.
The fact that we had the first frost does not mean that I will now totally switch to fall/winter items. I will use some of my summer items for layering to stretch their use and not become bored by wearing cold weather gear too early. See here for some layering tips.
When do you start wearing your fall clothes?
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Photos: G. Kramm
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