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African Marigold

Made a cycling trip to the local hardware store today and my guess was right. The African Marigolds (Tagetes erecta) had arrived.

Bought some for my mom and some for my own balcony.

They are very resilient and tolerate the direct sun well. The color scheme that was available was very nice this year.

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Begonia

Begonia

I have been trying to find a perfect Begonia (Begonia) for several days now. Today I accidentally noticed this pink one.

Last year I had a striking red and yellow colored which made me want to have one this year as well.

Begonia tolerates cold, heat and wind well which makes it perfect for my balcony. Now I can just sit and watch this beauty to bloom all summer long.

Begonia

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Pansy

Pansy

They have promised few days of warm weather just before the Eastern. We should go above 10 degrees Celsius which is warm up here in the north for this time of the year.

Pansies (viola) arrived and bought one for my balcony. I would love to have more but during the summer it simply gets to hot to grow them.

Now waiting for the other flower varieties to arrive hoping for new colors and shapes.

Pansy

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Persian Buttercup

Persian Buttercup

I have to admit that this is the first Persian Buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus) that I have ever had.

Do not know why but for some reason I have never tried to grow one. It is always nice to have something new and see how it grows.

The shape of the bloom is gorgeous and there are enormous amount of different colors available. Let’s see how will it do on the balcony.

Persian Buttercup

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Peach Party

Peach Party

Took a long walk with my friends to day and visited several flower shops when walking by. Not much more you can do since we have the lockdown. Sincerely hope that we are able to save as many lives as possible. We can worry about the economy later.

Not exactly how I planned to spend my birthday but cannot complain. The weather is beautiful and company good.

In one of the shops noticed this dianthus (Dianthus caryophyllusPeach Party’) and fell in love. Now it is in the balcony which is getting very crowded.

Peach Party
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Garden Grape-hyacinth

Garden Grape-hyacinth

Impatiently waiting for the garden grape-hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) to open its blooms in my balcony. Wanted a blue one though was tempted by the white one as well.

My plan is to take it to the summer cottage after blooming and replant it. Not sure though when I am able to visit the summer cottage next time. Because of the movement restrictions in relation to the virus the grater capital area here is now isolated from the rest of the country.

I was not able to go to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday on Friday. A bit saddened about the fact but could not take the risk bringing a virus as a gift. Better to be safe than sorry.

Garden Grape-hyacinth

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