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Chives

Up here in the north the days are now long. The sun goes down at 11 PM and comes up at half past 3 AM. We are also enjoying a heatwave temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are now blooming beautifully. In May I collected some to the freezer and now I am able to enjoy the blooms.

I treat chives as flowers and have it here and there in the flowerbeds. Like their blooms and the taste as well.

The bumblebees are also big fans of chives blooms. In other words a wonderful plant – edible, blooms nicely and is bee friendly.

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Seadov

Seadov (Tulipa ‘Seadov’) is a newcomer to my garden. Acquired 100 bulbs last autumn and all of them are now blooming.

In the beginning the color of the flower is modest but intensifies with the time and becomes something close to cranberry.

What I like most is the way Seadov grows. It is mid high variety and very stern. Even though it has rained a lot all Seadovs are standing straight and unaffected by the weather.

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Beauty of Apeldoorn

Tulips are still blooming up here in the north. This year the weather is warm and it will make the season a short one. Cannot complain, I just enjoy the sunshine.

Beauty of Apeldoorn (Tulipa ‘Beauty of Apeldoorn’) is doing well and displaying its beautiful colors.

Already made the tulip bulb order for the autumn and going to have two more varieties in the garden.

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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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Banja Luka

I still have few Banja Lukas (Tulipa ‘Banja Luka’) blooming this year.

It sure is a beautiful tulip with strong colors. I have always been a fan of yellow and red tulips.

It will be a difficult task to choose the next varieties in the autumn. Nowadays I usually go for the ones that are not too tall and have strong and sturdy build. Those tend to look good longer and are not that sensitive to the weather.

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Flaming Flag

The Flaming flags (Tulipa ‘Flaming flag’) are doing well. This is a third good year in a row for them.

When I bought the bulbs I was not sure how Triumph tulips would do up here in the north but they seem to be just fine.

They are strong and sturdy. Even though the weather has not been ideal for them they still manage to look good and untouched.

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Olympia

Columbine Olympia (Aquilegia ‘Olympia’) also called Lapland’s Aquilegia is always the one that blooms first. Way too earlier than the other aquilegias.

Even though it is a low growing variety it has big blooms and lots of them.

I only have this one plant and have been trying to grow more from the seeds but without success this far.

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Columbus

Columbus (Tulipa ‘Columbus’) sure is a very beautiful tulip. This peony tulip has glowing reddish pink color and has a decorative white edge.

This spring has not been a good one for them. The strong rainstorms have beaten the blooms and it has not been an ideal year.

The blooms are also a bit smaller than previously but I guess I am to blame for not giving them enough nutrients.

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