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Pansy

The first pansy (viola) found its way to my balcony during the weekend.

I know it is a bit early for them because the nights might get too cold still but could not resist the temptation to have something blooming outside.

It will be interesting to see what kind of colors there will be available this year. I usually go for the light colors since they stand out better in the shade.

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Christmas Cactus

Hope that you all have had a good holiday season and have managed to enjoy the Christmas!

My Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) bloomed just before the holidays bringing a bit color to the gray winter we are having.

It is one of those plants that requires very little and blooms nicely if you neglect it a bit before the blooming season.

Have a very good new year 2021!

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Bilberry

It is a good year for European blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus). Everywhere you go you see Bilberries or as we call them here, blueberries.

I have already picked up enough for six blueberry pies and have not been further from the cottage than 20 meters.

The harvest always varies from year to year but this year seems to be nearly perfect.

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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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Common Lilac

Common Lilacs (Syringa) are starting to bloom up here in the north.

The blooms are crowded with butterflies and bees. The ones in the pictures are Common Yellow Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) and Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) which both are common for the region.

I just love the smell of the lilacs. It is simply intoxicating. The variety we have is an old one and has been here more than hundred years.

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Siberian Squill

Wild blueberries started to bloom today and the summer cottage is now surrounded by butterflies, honeybees and bumblebees all having a feast.

It has been long time since I have seen this many of them and to me it appears that the populations have recovered.

Also the Siberian Squills (Scilla Siberica’) are blooming. Simply adore the blue color they have.

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