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Monal

It has been cooler and rainier up here in the north for the past week and it seems to continue like that.

The good thing is that it keeps the soil moist and gives a better chance for sown seeds to germinate.

Monal (Narcissus ’Monal’) which I planted last year made it through the winter and is now blooming by the lake. It has been a good year for the daffodils and have not lost a single variety.

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Tuolumne Dog’s Tooth Violet

The Tuolumne Dog’s Tooth Violet (Erythronium tuolumnense) is one of the spring flowers I have.

It seems to like the place which it has been planted to even though the soil is poor and it needs to compete with the grass.

The plant is originally brought to Europe from California but seems to do well up here in the north.

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Snowboard

I bought yet another birdhouse and it was immediately occupied by a European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). It have been fun watching them to build a nest with huge enthusiasm.

Though I suspect that they are nesting for the first time since building the nest has not been a very efficient or organized. They are desperately trying to fit too large objects to the birdhouse and seem to get a bit frustrated when that does not work.

The Snowboard (Narcissus ‘Snowboard’) which I planted last year is now blooming. And it is a beautiful white daffodil.

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Dutch Master

The Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix) have woken up and seem to be everywhere. The population has grown stronger over the years and luckily they are harmless.

The Dutch Master (Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’) is now blooming at my moms garden. Planted it to a good spot some years back.

It is such bold and big daffodil. Just love to have it blooming when there is not much else in the garden yet.

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Accent

Endless flocks of wild geese are flying over the summer cottage on their way to north for nesting.

The geese have taken an advantage of the beautiful and warm weather. So have the daffodils which are now nearly all flowering.

Accent (Narcissus ‘Accent’) started to bloom in my parents palace on the other side of the lake. I have planted it there few years ago.

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Ice Follies

The birdhouses are now getting occupied by the summer residents. Only few of them are available anymore for the new comers.

Eurasian Great Tits (Parus major) and Eurasian Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) have spent the winter up here in the north and are the ones that can choose the best houses.

The European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) just arrived but managed to get its usual home for the summer.

The warm days have gotten the Ice Follies (Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’) to open up their flowers and bloom by the lake.

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Pinocchio

It has been a beautiful day up here in the north. We reached the summer temperatures and the long winter seems to be over.

I even managed to take the first swim. The water in the lake is still freezing, only about 5 degrees Celsius but it was a refreshing experience.

Pinocchios (Tulipa ‘Pinocchio’) started to bloom today. They are the first tulips to bloom and so pretty.

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Tete-a-Tete

Summer has finally arrived to the north! We are now expected to have a warm period that will last several days.

The trees do not yet have leaves but that will change within few days. For the time being the night frosts are gone and everything will start to grow with a staggering speed.

Tete-a-Tete Daffodils (Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’) are now blooming and the other daffodils will follow any day now.

The days are already long, about 17 hour and getting longer. Hope that the summer is going to be a good one.

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