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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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Gold Medal

Yet another daffodil variety to the garden! I was so sure that I already had this one but it turned out that the one I have is a double version of this variety.

Gold Medal (Narcissus ‘Gold Medal’) is a beautiful trumpet daffodil.

I think that I have enough new daffodils for this spring and try to avoid buying more.

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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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Ice Wings

Found one daffodil variety I do not yet have in the garden. Ice Wings (Narcissus ‘Ice Wings’) is a beautiful white variety.

As a triandrus narcissus, it usually carries multiple flowers on every flowering stem.

I am going to continue my hunt for more varieties but decided that three new ones is enough for this year. Otherwise I end up having the car full when I move them to the summer cottage.

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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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Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco Nano

Because of the rapidly cooling nights I was forced to collect the bean harvest a bit earlier than I wished. They could have used two more weeks to ripe.

Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco Nano (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco Nano’) is the other bean variety I tried this year for the first time. They grew well and going to continue to grow them next year as well. I like the way they look and the unique coloring they have.

This variety is also called with the name Tongue of fire. There seem to be several different recipes what to make out of the beans. Cannot wait to try some of them.

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