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 Post subject: Alaska wild roses blooming
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:37 pm 
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They turn into sweet rose hips in Sept. Great for jelly & good snack when out walking thru the woods.
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Don't know the name but hundreds under the trees. Make great ground cover & have red berries in the fall.
The little 5 pettle flower ?
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My favorite. :) Was told they were brought to Alaska by the Norwegians for a source of greens in their diet.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:28 am 
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Nice, with the exception of the last one! :wink: I've been doing way too much weeding. I leave those for the rabbits and deer.

We have a light pink wild rose or 2.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:25 am 
The rose looks like a wild Rugosa type, which also grows wild along the eastern seaboard. They handle both poor soils & seaspray very well, & are relatively pest & disease-free. Rugosas are by far my very favorite rose varieties.

As you mentioned, the hips are also wonderful - not only for wildlife, but for jams, jellies, & teas as well. My mom used to make Rose Hip Jam every year from the rugosas on our LI, NY property.

The 2nd pic looks like some type of trillium, but I'm not familiar with Alaskan flora.

And the 3rd, of course, everyone is familiar with - lol!! While I find even the cultivated Dandelion varieties too bitter for my taste, my mom used to make Dandelion wine from the blossoms every spring. She'd send us kids out with buckets & instructions to fill each one with blooms, which was easy since we lived across the street from a farm where the fields were full of them. These days I just pick the blossoms for my cockatoo, who adores them. With our mild Virginia winters, unless there's a lot of snow I can find them blooming year-round.


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The rose does indeed look like a rugosa type....

The ground cover is the smallest dogwood, called Bunchberry.Yours is different from ours with the dark centers. Very pretty.

Is the tiny 5 petaled one a Spring Beauty perhaps?

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