Found the first Petunia (Petunia) for the balcony.
I usually have few of them each year. Petunias are reliable bloomers and tolerate heat well.
They also become a bit sticky and usually this protects them from the pests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 caryophyllus ‘Peach Party’) and fell in love. Now it is in the balcony which is getting very crowded.
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.
I was a bit disappointed in the spring because there were not that many lily bulbs for sale.
Then I found a way around the problem and started to buy ready planted pots from the stores.
I let them bloom in the balcony first and then take the pots to the summer cottage for planting. Hopefully I will have them blooming for many years.
Dianthuses are doing well this year and there are so many colors available in the stores. Nearly bought few more this morning but resisted the temptation.
Flowers are enjoying the heatwave that has been giving us over 30 degrees Celsius temperatures past few days. I have also managed to relax in the near by park sunbathing.
At this time of the year our nights are less than five hours long and it does not really get dark at all. Up here in the north we know that winter is never that far away and desperately try to enjoy the limited number of summer days we are going to get.