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Strike

Summer’s first thunderstorm is now on us which leaves good time to write blogs.

Daffodil (Narcissus ‘strike’) is a good looking flower. The structure of the flowers is interesting and a bit unusual.

I just love the different varieties that are available each spring. When it comes to daffodils they are so many.

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Kiss Me

It is a rainy day up here in the north and time to relax a bit. Past few days have been hectic but most of the spring tasks are now done.

Kiss Me (Narcissus ‘Kiss Me’) has also started to bloom.

I like the gentle yellow color it has and it seems to be a reliable bloomer each year.

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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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Siberian Squill

It is a rainy day up here in the north. We have had cool weather for the past two weeks but tomorrow it should start warming up.

I am spending the week in the summer cottage and starting the planting season. Plenty of things to do and not much to see yet in the garden.

The winter seems to have been a good one for the plants and nearly all of them have survived. We went down to -30 degrees Celsius but that is not too much.

The Siberian Squills (Scilla Siberica) are at their best at the moment and are usually one of the first ones to start the blooming season. I just love the blue color they have in the blooms. It is so bright and strong.

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Lily

It will still take three more months before the lilies (lilium) start to bloom up here in the north. The first ones will be blooming in July.

Noticed a lily pot in the local grocery store while shopping. It will bloom nicely in the balcony.

This is again a flower which, after blooming, will find its way to the garden. It will grow and bloom there also in the forthcoming years.

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Garden Grape-hyacinth

The spring flowers are finally starting to bloom up here in the north.

The week long warm period has done wonders to the nature. Though it will be cooler from now on, which is not a bad thing because the blooms last longer in the cold weather.

Garden Grape-hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is blooming in my balcony but it will still take a week or so them to bloom in the garden.

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