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Sunspot

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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Baby Blue Eyes

The Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) started blooming a bit later this year because of the cold spring.

Bees and butterflies love the flowers and during a sunny day there is a constant buzzing going on.

One of the most reliable annuals I grow and starts blooming early, usually around the midsummer up here in the north.

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Cosmos

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) is blooming. The spring was cool and the flowers opened a bit later this year.

Each autumn I faithfully collect the seeds for the next year.

Not quite sure about the variety. It has been grown by us for more than 20 years. Anyway its suitable for our climate. Grows quickly during the long summer days and blooms early.

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Danish Flag

It has been a good summer for the Danish Flags (Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’). Have plenty of them blooming in the summer cottage.

I have always loved the colors. They are so bright and pure.

The blooms only last a day or so but the seedcases are beautiful as well. With this amount of blooms I will be able to harvest plenty of seeds for the next year.

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