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Covent Garden

Covent Garden (Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’) bloomed well this year. Dry weather suits it fine and there were no rain to ruin the blooms.

The only challenge with Covent Garden is that the blooming season is quite short.

The flower is popular with the florists and is used in the bouquets. Gypsophila has been cultivated for hundreds of years and is a very old garden flower.

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Velouette

Velouette (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Velouette’) is a very beautiful cosmos variety.

The warm summer has suited it well and it has started to bloom earlier than usually.

For our short summers the variety is a bit problematic. If we get a cool summer, which we many times do, it has challenges to bloom early enough.

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White Admiral

The heatwave that lasted for more than a month is finally over. Now waiting for some rain to save the garden.

The long warm period caused some plants to get confused. The White Admiral (Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’) decided to start blooming a month earlier than normally.

The White Admiral is the one which starts the fall phlox blooming season. It will be interesting to see if the other phloxes got confused as well.

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Bilberry

Usually you have Bilberries or you don’t. This year is a third year in a row when we have good crop. Cannot remember that happening before, two good years but never three.

Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are also called European blueberries. Bilberry is a wild species, native to forests of Northern Europe and very hard to cultivate.

European blueberries have dark red, strongly fragrant flesh and red juice that turns blue. Compared to American blueberries that have white or translucent, mildly fragrant flesh. The taste is also different, although it has similarities.

Cannot wait to bake a blueberry pie. It is one of my favorite pies.

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Danish Flag

It has not been that good year for the Danish Flags (Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’). Because of the long warm period we are having many of the plants remain small.

Last year one of the flowers had a different color scheme. The white in the flower was replaced with purple.

I liked the color combination and collected the seeds. Now half of my Danish Flag flowers are waving red purple flags.

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Golden Chanterelle

We have been enjoying a heatwave which has now already lasted four weeks. Luckily I am having my summer vacation and spending the time in the summer cottage next to a lake.

I, for sure, have spent the time swimming and enjoying the short summer we have up here in the north.

It has been too warm and dry for Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) but I know the place where they usually grow and spend some time watering the area.

Now I am getting my reward, delicious mushrooms to cook.

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