Finally got the Brilliant (Papaver orientale ‘Brilliant’) to bloom.
It has been difficult to find a spot for it where it would flourish. My grandma always had hers blooming under the window.
I just adore the color of its blooms. So bright red.
I have had Yellow Queen (Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’) in the garden for few years now but never blooming this well.
Finally found a spot this columbine likes. Moderate shade and well drained soil seems to be the best place for it.
The Yellow Queen is quite tall but surprisingly survived the thunderstorm we had yesterday which was a surprise for me.
Must collect the seeds next month and plant more in the spring.
I would love to have the garden full of roses but unfortunately they do not do that well up here in the north.
There are exceptions though. Tornedal (Rosa Majalis ‘Tornedal’) is one of them. It can tolerate the long and hard winters extremely well.
The blooms are beautiful and many. Unfortunately the blooming season is very short but love the variety.
Today we are close to having the warmest day in June ever. The previous record is from the year 1935. It sure is unusually warm up here in the north now.
The Chandelier (Lupinus ‘Chandelier’) seems to enjoy the warmth and blooms by the lake. Nowadays it is forbidden to grow many of the lupine varieties here in Finland. Several varieties have been classified as invasive.
Luckily Chandelier is not one of those varieties and I can continue enjoying it as well as the heatwave.
Up here in the north the days are now long. The sun goes down at 11 PM and comes up at half past 3 AM. We are also enjoying a heatwave temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are now blooming beautifully. In May I collected some to the freezer and now I am able to enjoy the blooms.
I treat chives as flowers and have it here and there in the flowerbeds. Like their blooms and the taste as well.
The bumblebees are also big fans of chives blooms. In other words a wonderful plant – edible, blooms nicely and is bee friendly.
Seadov (Tulipa ‘Seadov’) is a newcomer to my garden. Acquired 100 bulbs last autumn and all of them are now blooming.
In the beginning the color of the flower is modest but intensifies with the time and becomes something close to cranberry.
What I like most is the way Seadov grows. It is mid high variety and very stern. Even though it has rained a lot all Seadovs are standing straight and unaffected by the weather.
Tulips are still blooming up here in the north. This year the weather is warm and it will make the season a short one. Cannot complain, I just enjoy the sunshine.
Beauty of Apeldoorn (Tulipa ‘Beauty of Apeldoorn’) is doing well and displaying its beautiful colors.
Already made the tulip bulb order for the autumn and going to have two more varieties in the garden.
The daffodil season is now over and other flowers have begun blooming.
One of the late bloomers is Avalon (Narcissus ‘Avalon’). Already a bit beaten by rain but still beautiful.
Daffodils are so many. I already have more than twenty different varieties growing and each year try to add few more.
The spring flowers will soon be gone. The nice warm weather we are having will make sure of it.
The Marinettes (Narcissus jonquilla ‘Martinette’) are late bloomers and only made few flowers this year.
All the summer birds have now arrived and the black-throated loons (Gavia arctica) are swimming in the lake. They are quite many this year because the last year’s chicks are still with us before finding a lake of their own.