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William Guiness

I usually grow my aquilegias from seed even though it takes two to three years from them to start blooming up here in the north.

With William Guiness (Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’) I made an exception and bought a root ball.

The color of this aquilegia is very dark purple and it sort of needs a suitable background to stand out. The shape though is beautiful and stems tall.

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Chandelier

For the first time the Chandelier (Lupin ‘Chandelier’) is blooming.

Lupin is now classified as an invasive alien species here in Finland.

Not going to destroy the ones I have just will look after them and make sure that they will not spread to other locations.

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Bordeaux Barlow

Bordeaux Barlows (Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Bordeaux Barlow’) is blooming nicely this year. Must try to grow more Aquilegias from the Barlow series.

I have managed to spend two weeks on the summer cottage by the lake and the weather has been great.

I sometimes wonder how much joy and happiness can a small lake bring to your life.

My mother’s parents and her grandparents have a small farm by the lake. The farm is as modest as it can be. My great grandparents established it and my grandparents and now my parents live there. After retiring they decided to move to the farm and be here by the lake.

As a child I spend all my summers with my grandparents while my parents were working. A whole summer taking care of the cows with my gramma and I guess it was her and my other grandmother who thought me my love to grow plants.

I cannot think having a better childhood.

My grandparents from my father’s side have a summer cottage on the other side of the lake. All the grandparents and all the family around the lake made all the difference.

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Moss Phlox

Moss Phlox White Delight (Phlox subulataWhite Delight’) is blooming at its best at the moment.

It seems to do well in a spot which is only inches away from the lake but receives ten hours of direct sunlight every day.

It is a hard place for any other plant because the temperature rises so high during sunny days.

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Alpine Clematis

Up here in the north the day is now nearly 20 hours long and everything is growing with a staggering speed. The summer is short and the time is limited.

Alpine Clematis (Clematis alpina) is blooming and full of bees. Which seem to be absolutely in love with it.

Alpine Clematis can take the cold and is very hardy. Even grows well further up in the north.

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