Thursday, July 19, 2012

How My Sister's Garden Grows in Wild Alaska

I love all the wild flowers that grow in Alaska.  
I could spend an entire day taking pictures of the 
flowers that grow wild along the roadside.


My sister's yard is filled with wildflowers, 
and a lot of the same flowers you see in the lower 48. 


In Alaska, the flowers seem so much bigger and hearty!  
It must be all that extra daylight during summer.

I took a few pictures to show what a garden looks like in Anchorage, Alaska.




Here are some familiar flowers ~ petunias,
 Martha Washington geraniums and lobelia.


Again, petunias, Martha Washington geraniums and lobelia.


Same flowers in these baskets...


Wild Geraniums


Primrose 


Lilacs, in full bloom in early July.


Potentilla Fruitcosa 


Iris


Arctic Daisy


HUGE Rhubarb ~ 
I'll be posting about this for Inspiration Cafe on Monday!


We can't figure out what these are.
My sister thinks they may be purple cornflower,
but they look like spotted Knapweed too.  
(These flowers are towards the end of their bloom)

???

If you know what they are, please let me know!
It's driving me crazy!


Ivy geraniums, Vincas & Lobelia


Pink Petunias



Petunias (all colors)




My sister does most of her potted flowers and hanging baskets herself.
She's always had a green thumb!  Her garden is just as 
beautiful in Alaska as it was in Michigan.

I wasn't able to name all the flowers in my sister's garden.
If you would like to know certain flower(s) I didn't name,
 just ask and I'll find out for you!

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Next are a few pictures of wildflowers I
snapped along a gravel road in Copper River.


This road is really bumpy, with lots of curves on a ridge.


This was one of the views from the road...beautiful.
It was a white knuckle ride for me in the passenger seat!



On the drive there was a great view of The Alyeska Pipeline.
(see it, in the middle of the photo, up top?)



Here is a better shot of the pipeline my sister took with her camera.


This book came in handy!



Fireweed
This beautiful wildflower is everywhere!


Prickly Rose


Last one,
 Arctic Lupin
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I hope to have a few more posts from Alaska, before 
I return home at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheers!



8 comments:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh you've made me homesick for Montana! We had some of the same wildflowers there! Your sisters flowers are just gorgeous and she sure has a green thumb! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!

Jeannie said...

Wow, really beautiful!

Mary ~ said...

Thank you, Danni! I really want to visit Montana now!

It was rainy the first week, but this week has been beautiful - sunny and in the upper 60s to low 70s. Perfect weather for taking pictures and exploring!

Thanks for the visit! Have a great weekend!

Mary ~ said...

Hi Jeannie ~ Thanks so much for the sweet comment and thanks for visiting!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Just beautiful and your photos are stunning as always Mary. Your sister is really lucky to live in such a gorgeous place xxx

Heather F. said...

So pretty!! I am definitely planning a vacay/staycay for AK now.

Mary ~ said...

Hi Heather, You will LOVE Alaska in the summer! But summer is short and from what I hear....winters are very long, dark and cold. If you like winter, you'll love it here!

Are you considering moving here???

Mary ~ said...

Thank you, Natalie!!!