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Sunny Boy

Just made it on time to the summer cottage to see the Sunny Boy (Dahlia ‘Sunny Boy’) to bloom before the frost got its hands on it.

Sometimes I wonder why do I bother to grow dahlias up here in the north. The summer is too short and they barely start to bloom and then they are gone. I guess the answer is simple. The blooms are just stunning.

I guess I need to start buying them cultivated in stead of trying to grow them from root balls. This way I could enjoy them all summer. The thing just is that growing plants is part of the fun and when buying them fully grown you loose that part of the enjoyment.

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Sunspot

Only one sunflower managed to bloom this year. I had several varieties growing but Autumn was simply too cool for them even though the summer itself was warm.

Luckily Sunspot (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) grew large and beautiful bloom to save the summer. I had it growing in a large pot with other flowers.

Sometimes this just happens up here in the north. For certain flowers our summer is simply too short sometimes. Better luck next year.

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Stonecrop

Only few flowers left in the garden after we went below the freezing point few days ago. Luckily the nearby lake helps and since most of the flowers are close enough to it some of them were able to escape the nearly certain sudden death.

Stonecrops (Sedum) are still doing well and blooming beautifully. Unfortunately cannot anymore remember the exact variety of the one in the picture. It is the oldest one I have and the one that made me buy more.

Nearly lost the plant last year but changing it to a dryer place helped. Too many nutrients and too much water were the reasons why it did not do well.

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Sea Daffodil

It has been two years since I have been able to travel to the Mediterranean Sea but finally here after a long break.

It is always nice to see completely different flora that you have at home. Something new and something that you unfortunately cannot grow at home.

The Sea Daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a flower I have never seen before. After a rainy day they started to bloom on the beach in front of the hotel.

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Mount Cook

The last of the lilies are now blooming and it will be nearly a year before they start the circle again.

Mount Cook (Lilium‘Mount Cook’) is blooming and I have planted it to a place where fertilizer cannot be used because of the closeness of the lake.

It still seems to be doing well. Natural it will have less blooms and be a bit shorter but the strong smell of this lily is still there.

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Windsor

Phloxes are blooming beautifully at the moment. The Windsor (Phlox paniculata ‘Windsor’) finally started its show and is the last one of the phloxes to open the blooms.

The summer has been a good one for the phloxes even though they have required a lot of watering.

Planning to have more colors and varieties next year.

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Cerise Queen

The nights are getting longer and colder up here in the north. Days are still nice and warm but you can feel the autumn coming.

Few years ago I had some extra yarrow seeds and just threw them around. The end result is that I now have Cerise Queens (Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’) growing here and there.

We have the white form of yarrow as a native plant but no other colors. Cerise Queens are easy to spot since they just stand out.

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Navona

Navona (Lilium ‘Navona’) was a buyer gift when I made an order years ago. I was not considering white lilies to the garden at that point of time.

But I must admit that it has been a gift that I have liked a lot.

The Navona blooms are big and pure white. It has grown well in a challenging location where the birch trees take the nutrients and consume the water.

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Tiny Nugget

It has been a good summer for the lilies.

The early ones like Tiny Nugget (Lilium ‘Tiny Nugget’) bloomed early and the late ones are blooming as we speak.

Lilies are easy to care though have had some troubles with the red lily beetles (Lilioceris lilii) recently. Must take them seriously next spring since they are getting numerous.

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