The person said it was a Shirley Poppy and it may well be. I remembered the ones I had differently and the ones I found on line looked like the ones I remembered. Whatever it is, it's beautiful.
primula vialii and the primrose drumstick - denticulata.
One of the gardens backed out over the coastal plain. They've terraced the yard and it's growing a winter's worth of potatoes and other edibles.
Rich, dark blue delphiniums used to be in every Anchorage garden, but over the years as people experimented with more and more imported flowers to see which could make it through our winters, I don't see as many as I used to.
This black and white beauty is, according to the label, a fava bean flower.
One of the houses seemed more like a demonstration ad for a landscaping company. Each of the plants had neatly installed labels. Unfortunately one label was totally wrong, which someone pointed out to the owner who'd been told once already by someone else. It was labeled a very common garden plant, but the plant in there was an invasive, if beautiful, campanula. I know because I've fought a losing battle against them and their white radish like tubers.
Here's a typical of the 17 negative comments on Dave's Garden where these are for sale:
O.M.G. I've never encountered anything like this. The comments that refer to it as the "cancer of the garden", "aliens", and nightmares are all dead on. I've dealt with invasives with success in the past, using organic methods, even, but this beast cannot be bested. Pull one plant, and two will grow in its place- literally.The last garden had a lot of tshochkes in it including the pothead figure on the bench.
And, yes, how is it that a vendor actually has this plant for sale here? Yikes. Don't buy it, don't take it for free, build a moat.
And when I got home I felt pretty good to be greeted by these newly opening lilies in our front yard. I their own way they are as beautiful as any flower we saw on the tour.