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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.



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.


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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It seems that I am slow going to loose my Elkes (Geranium sanguineum ‘Elke’). After the winter I only have one plant left.

To be honest I am not quite sure if I buy more. I like the color Elke has but it is not doing so well in the summer cottage.

In the end there are so many flowers to choose from so you can actually be a bit picky and select the ones you like the most.

Put let’s see how the last Elke does. It might be with me many more years. You never know.