gardening

Alexandria

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October is here but I am harvesting strawberries. This is the first time I am able to taste the Alpine Strawberry Alexandria and are they sweet and tasty! The size of a berry is larger than the wild strawberries have but much smaller than in the cultivated varieties.

I have newer tried to grow strawberries from seed. Two years ago decided to give it a try expecting to fail miserably. To my big surprise the seeds germinated and grew well. I was sure that this variety would not make it through the winter up here in the north but it did it with flying colors.

The only thing it seems to be confused about is timing. Alexandria tried to bloom early in the spring but failed. Not sure if it was the cold weather we have had. Everything is about a month late this summer and farmers are going to loose most of the grain they have grown. Definitely not an ideal summer for gardening.

But when I think about this I would not mind having a late harvest. All the other strawberries are long gone and it is nice to have a taste of summer in your mouth when the days are getting darker and darker. Let’s see if Alexandria continues to be confused and lost or align with the others in the years to come.

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Douce Provence

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Time to harvest! Peas did well this year. Sawed the seeds already in April which is early up here. Normally peas are planted few weeks later.

I tried a new variety called Douce Provence and it did surprisingly well even though we had the coldest summer in twenty years. Spring was dry and cold and summer months cool and rainy.

The variety is not that sweet tough. I was expecting a bit sweeter peas.

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Red Pigeon

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The first hints of autumn are here. Ornamental brassicas are starting to display their colors.

The Red Pigeon is yet another newcomer to my garden. It has succeeded well and I like the colors it has.

If I am right it will tolerate the cold well and continue to grow two more months. Getting even brighter and larger. Standing out even better when nearly all the other plants are gone.

This far there has been no pests to ruin its leaves which has surprised me. I expected to loose some of them to hungry visitors. Must have more of them next year.

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Vales Emerald

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A new variety I tried for the fist time this year. Everything started slowly. My original idea was to have new potatoes after the mid summer and now it is mid-August.

Planted the potatoes already late April but nothing happened for weeks. Spring was simply too cold.

The end result was good though. Beautiful white potatoes and the size of them is just right.

I might have found a new variety for me. Just need to see how well they will do in the storage and of course I need to taste them first. Cannot wait, must hurry to the kitchen.

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Cosmos

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First cosmos flowers are starting to bloom. The ones I have gotten from my mom always go first. The others follow a month later in August.

I have been trying to find an early blooming variety with no luck. Simply because the summers are so short up here in the north.

This far I have not had any luck. My luck might change this year. A new variety is already making buds. We will see.

If I have no success then I just give up and continue with the one from mom. One variety is enough if it is a good one like I now have.

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