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Siberian Squill

Siberian Squills (Scilla siberica) are one of my favorite spring flowers.

The color they have is simply striking and they are so easy to grow. They usually spread and form a beautiful blooming blanket.

Still waiting the warmer weather up here in the north. Today the weather has been cool and we even got some snow flakes from the sky.

Happy Mother’s Day day to all moms! It is celebrated up here on the second Sunday of May each year.

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Spring Crocus

Spring is late this year up here in the north but it is slowly getting warmer.

The lake by the summer cottage finally lost its ice cover yesterday. It was fun to watch the ice slowly drift away and clear water to emerge.

Not many flowers bloom yet and not much to see but the Crocuses (Crocus vernus) are starting their show.

I do not have many of them simply because their season is usually very short and I prefer longer blooming spring flowers. They sure are beautiful though.

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Cunningham’s White

Last year the summer had a long and hot dry period. My father’s Cunningham’s White (Rhododendron ’Cunningham’s White’) did not make it.

We simply did not think that it was quite new plant and would have needed more watering and in the end it just dried out.

Managed to find a new plant and will take it to my father as a birthday present when I go and visit them next time.

Cunningham’s White’s flowers are a bit pink in the beginning but turn bright white when the bloom grows older.

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Peaches and Cream

Spring is late this year up here in the north. We still have plenty of snow left and during the nighttime we go below the freezing point.

Hopefully it starts to get warmer soon. It would be nice to start the gardening activities.

Bought one more daffodil variety called Peaches and Cream (Narcissus ‘Peaches and Cream’). The center of the bloom will become darker once the bloom grows older. When opening it is lighter in the beginning.

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Easter Cactus

Lost one of my Christmas cactuses during the winter and decided to replace it with an Easter cactus (Hatiora gaertneri).

Actually I bought two of them in different color but planted them in the same pot. It will be interesting to see how my trial turns out.

Easter cactus is such a carefree flower to have. You just don’t over water it and all will be fine. The long and dark winters up here in the north are a bit challenging though since the cacti love sunshine.

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Tete-a-Tete

It has been beautiful spring day up here in the north. Have spend it walking in the city center and enjoying a restaurant lunch now that the corona restrictions have been removed.

We still have plenty of snow left and need to wait more than a month before being able to do anything in the garden. This winter was white and cannot remember when we have had this much snow.

Noticed Tete-a-Tete Daffodils (Narcissus‘Tete-a-Tete’) in the nearby grocery store and bought the first daffodils of the year.

I will try to find some new varieties this year and do the same thing I do every year. Once the daffodils have bloomed I will take them to the summer cottage and plant them for the forthcoming springs.

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Sunny Boy

Just made it on time to the summer cottage to see the Sunny Boy (Dahlia ‘Sunny Boy’) to bloom before the frost got its hands on it.

Sometimes I wonder why do I bother to grow dahlias up here in the north. The summer is too short and they barely start to bloom and then they are gone. I guess the answer is simple. The blooms are just stunning.

I guess I need to start buying them cultivated in stead of trying to grow them from root balls. This way I could enjoy them all summer. The thing just is that growing plants is part of the fun and when buying them fully grown you loose that part of the enjoyment.

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