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Elke

The Elkes (Geranium sanguineum ‘Elke’) have been blooming all summer.

I like the bright color of the blooms which stand out nicely. They are though a bit sensitive when it comes to rain but new blooms emerge quickly to replace the damaged ones.

The variety seems to be very suitable for the area and does not require much attention. Some of the plants have survived in a sandy soil without any additional nutrients or care.

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Garden Tree-mallow

Garden Tree-mallow (Lavatera thuringiaca) is one of the reliable bloomers.

It does well up here in the north but does need beanpoles when in full height.

When it is blooming it is good time to start collecting some seeds for the next spring. The aquilegia, lupine and poppy seeds are now ready to be harvested.

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Artic Fire

I sowed the Artic Fires (Dianthus deltoides ‘Arctic Fire’) last year and they are finally blooming.

It will be interesting to see weather they make it through the winter because the sports I moved them to is a bit challenging when it comes to overwintering.

For the safety’s sake I sowed some more for the coming spring. Just to be on the safe side.

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Cosmos

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) is blooming. The spring was cool and the flowers opened a bit later this year.

Each autumn I faithfully collect the seeds for the next year.

Not quite sure about the variety. It has been grown by us for more than 20 years. Anyway its suitable for our climate. Grows quickly during the long summer days and blooms early.

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Begonia

Begonia

I have been trying to find a perfect Begonia (Begonia) for several days now. Today I accidentally noticed this pink one.

Last year I had a striking red and yellow colored which made me want to have one this year as well.

Begonia tolerates cold, heat and wind well which makes it perfect for my balcony. Now I can just sit and watch this beauty to bloom all summer long.

Begonia

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Brilliant

The Brilliant (Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’) is blooming beautifully.

It is a new variety I bought this year and I like the color. The others I have are variations of darker pink.

Most of the other flowers are now gone and it makes the sedums stand out. The first frost came few days ago but does not yet affect hardy plants like sedums which are going to continue blooming several weeks from now.

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