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Beauty of Apeldoorn

Tulips are still blooming up here in the north. This year the weather is warm and it will make the season a short one. Cannot complain, I just enjoy the sunshine.

Beauty of Apeldoorn (Tulipa ‘Beauty of Apeldoorn’) is doing well and displaying its beautiful colors.

Already made the tulip bulb order for the autumn and going to have two more varieties in the garden.

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Avalon

The daffodil season is now over and other flowers have begun blooming.

One of the late bloomers is Avalon (Narcissus ‘Avalon’). Already a bit beaten by rain but still beautiful.

Daffodils are so many. I already have more than twenty different varieties growing and each year try to add few more.

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Marinette

The spring flowers will soon be gone. The nice warm weather we are having will make sure of it.

The Marinettes (Narcissus jonquilla ‘Martinette’) are late bloomers and only made few flowers this year.

All the summer birds have now arrived and the black-throated loons (Gavia arctica) are swimming in the lake. They are quite many this year because the last year’s chicks are still with us before finding a lake of their own.

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Nova Zembla

Something new for the garden. Bought two Nova Zemblas (Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’) to the summer cottage.

Fell in love with the bright color they have.

The location is a bit too north for them but decided to give it a try. It usually depends on the amount of snow fall how well they do during the winter. Enough snow protects them from the coldness.

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Cunningham’s White

The Cunningham’s White (Rhododendron ’Cunningham’s White’) is a new addition to the garden.

Bought two plants last year and both of them made it through the winter. We are a bit too north for them but let’s see how they make it in the following years. This winter we had plenty of snow to protect the newcomers but that is not the case each year.

My father’s plant is blooming beautifully but the other one I planted to the other side of the lake is doing well but not going to bloom.

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Banja Luka

I still have few Banja Lukas (Tulipa ‘Banja Luka’) blooming this year.

It sure is a beautiful tulip with strong colors. I have always been a fan of yellow and red tulips.

It will be a difficult task to choose the next varieties in the autumn. Nowadays I usually go for the ones that are not too tall and have strong and sturdy build. Those tend to look good longer and are not that sensitive to the weather.

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Flaming Flag

The Flaming flags (Tulipa ‘Flaming flag’) are doing well. This is a third good year in a row for them.

When I bought the bulbs I was not sure how Triumph tulips would do up here in the north but they seem to be just fine.

They are strong and sturdy. Even though the weather has not been ideal for them they still manage to look good and untouched.

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Olympia

Columbine Olympia (Aquilegia ‘Olympia’) also called Lapland’s Aquilegia is always the one that blooms first. Way too earlier than the other aquilegias.

Even though it is a low growing variety it has big blooms and lots of them.

I only have this one plant and have been trying to grow more from the seeds but without success this far.

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Columbus

Columbus (Tulipa ‘Columbus’) sure is a very beautiful tulip. This peony tulip has glowing reddish pink color and has a decorative white edge.

This spring has not been a good one for them. The strong rainstorms have beaten the blooms and it has not been an ideal year.

The blooms are also a bit smaller than previously but I guess I am to blame for not giving them enough nutrients.

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Wild Daffodil

The speed is now staggering. With in a bit more than a week everything has changed.

Suddenly all trees now have leaves and it seems that everything is blooming. Change happens fast up here in the north because summer is short and over in a blink of an eye.

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) also opened its blooms. I bought it last year from Ikea and was a bit unsure how it will turn out but it seems that all is well.

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