Topmix Red seems to be a early bloomer which is perfect for our short summers.
The variety is quite short but blooms are beautiful.
The shade of red is also darker than I expected.
After a cool start of July we are finally going to have a heatwave up here in the north. Luckily I have a week of from the office and able t enjoy it in the summer cottage.
The corn marigolds (Glepionis segetum) are at their best and I really like the yellow cloud they have formed.
Maybe next year I will plant them to a bigger area to allow them to give even better show.
It has been dry up here in the north. We have not gotten a good rain for a month now.
Sitting in a summer cottage and watching a thunderstorm going past but not close enough for any rain.
You can see the dryness from the plants. Lack of water makes them smaller and better suitable for the dry weather.
The May Queens are doing well though. They are perfectly suited for long dry periods and seem to enjoy the weather.
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.