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Avalon

The daffodil season is now over and other flowers have begun blooming.

One of the late bloomers is Avalon (Narcissus ‘Avalon’). Already a bit beaten by rain but still beautiful.

Daffodils are so many. I already have more than twenty different varieties growing and each year try to add few more.

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Marinette

The spring flowers will soon be gone. The nice warm weather we are having will make sure of it.

The Marinettes (Narcissus jonquilla ‘Martinette’) are late bloomers and only made few flowers this year.

All the summer birds have now arrived and the black-throated loons (Gavia arctica) are swimming in the lake. They are quite many this year because the last year’s chicks are still with us before finding a lake of their own.

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Wild Daffodil

The speed is now staggering. With in a bit more than a week everything has changed.

Suddenly all trees now have leaves and it seems that everything is blooming. Change happens fast up here in the north because summer is short and over in a blink of an eye.

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) also opened its blooms. I bought it last year from Ikea and was a bit unsure how it will turn out but it seems that all is well.

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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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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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