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Christmas Cactus

Hope that you all have had a good holiday season and have managed to enjoy the Christmas!

My Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) bloomed just before the holidays bringing a bit color to the gray winter we are having.

It is one of those plants that requires very little and blooms nicely if you neglect it a bit before the blooming season.

Have a very good new year 2021!


Panicle Hydrangea

Usually I travel some place warm during this time of the year but the virus has changed my plans. Luckily the autumn has been exceptionally warm up here in the north.

Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) have bloomed but I managed to take few pictures when visiting the summer cottage nearly two months ago.

Also bought a new variety for my dad in the spring with bigger blooms than the ones we currently have.

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I still have few pictures left on my phone from the summer. It was actually not that good year for the sunflowers but Sunspots (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) made it.

For a sunflower Sunspot is a short one but the blooms are big, nearly the size of a tall ones.

It is a bit shame that they bloomed late and there is no hope for harvesting any seeds for the next year.

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Giant Sungold

The Giant Sungolds (Helianthus annuus ‘Giant Sungold’) finally started to bloom.

It was not a good year for sunflowers. The spring was cold and that caused a slow start. Therefore there was not enough time to grow. Which is unfortunately quite usual up here in the north.

Luckily the Giant Sungolds seem to be able to open their first and largest blooms just before the first frost.

They are almost three meters tall and look so good.

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The Elkes (Geranium sanguineum ‘Elke’) have been blooming all summer.

I like the bright color of the blooms which stand out nicely. They are though a bit sensitive when it comes to rain but new blooms emerge quickly to replace the damaged ones.

The variety seems to be very suitable for the area and does not require much attention. Some of the plants have survived in a sandy soil without any additional nutrients or care.

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The Monkshood (Aconitum × stoerkianum) is doing well this summer. It is one of those old flowers that have been grown up here in the north for a long time.

The bumblebees adore the flowers and there is constant buzz among the plants.

Monkshoods protect themselves with a cocktail of poison though. The whole plant is poisonous and a small dose of the root is enough to kill you. In other words not a suitable plant if you have small children playing in the garden.

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Garden Tree-mallow

Garden Tree-mallow (Lavatera thuringiaca) is one of the reliable bloomers.

It does well up here in the north but does need beanpoles when in full height.

When it is blooming it is good time to start collecting some seeds for the next spring. The aquilegia, lupine and poppy seeds are now ready to be harvested.