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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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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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Prelude

I have never tried to grow beans before. Out of curiosity planted two different varieties in the spring.

It is said that beans are sensitive to cold nights when sewn but despite being put into the ground a bit early they made it.

Prelude (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Prelude’) made a fair crop in the end and cannot wait to taste them. Though must save some seeds to next year.

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Sunspot

Only one sunflower managed to bloom this year. I had several varieties growing but Autumn was simply too cool for them even though the summer itself was warm.

Luckily Sunspot (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) grew large and beautiful bloom to save the summer. I had it growing in a large pot with other flowers.

Sometimes this just happens up here in the north. For certain flowers our summer is simply too short sometimes. Better luck next year.

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Sensation

I am usually quite self sufficient when it comes to the Sensation (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sensation’) seeds but this spring bought some to ensure that all the color varieties are there.

Cosmos likes the warmth and this summer has been good to them.

Sensation grows and blooms quickly which is good for the short summers we have.

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden (Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’) bloomed well this year. Dry weather suits it fine and there were no rain to ruin the blooms.

The only challenge with Covent Garden is that the blooming season is quite short.

The flower is popular with the florists and is used in the bouquets. Gypsophila has been cultivated for hundreds of years and is a very old garden flower.

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