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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Changing Seasons: March in Alaska by Lynn Lovegreen

This month’s theme is “Changing Seasons” to celebrate Spring Equinox. While I enjoy the journey of the Earth’s cycle throughout the year, I have to point out that March in Alaska isn't really spring.

This month in Southeast Alaska is fairly warm—but still, it’s not like most of the Lower 48 States. And the rest of the state is dealing with snow and cold. While that’s fine when we can watch the Iditarod sled dog race in the first part of March or go skiing or ride snowmachines in much of the state, some of us are ready for spring even though we don't have it yet.

So we find a way to get a touch of spring anyway. The wealthy ones pick this month to fly south to Hawaii or Mexico, or at least Seattle, which has a great garden show in March. And those of us who can’t afford a plane ticket but live in town have another method: greenhouses.

This time of year, I get hungry for green. I often pop into my local greenhouse to feel the warmth and moisture in the air, and feast my eyes on green leaves and flower blossoms. I daydream about my summer garden, maybe plan what I want to buy in May. And then I’m ready to go back to March in Alaska. 

Happy Equinox, wherever you are!

Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Diana McCollum said...

Are the pictures of greenhouses ones near where you live? Nice that there is so much greenery this time of year. Here in Bend OR the plant nurserys don't carry much plant stock. Here's to an early, much wanted spring!!!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Diana. That's a greenhouse a few miles away. Yes, let's hope spring comes soon! :-)