gardening

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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Blue Barlow

The Blue Barlow (Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Blue Barlow’) is doing well.

I have had a fair share of challenges trying to get it to grow but I think I have finally succeeded.

For the Barlow series we are a bit too north when it comes location and it is hard to get them flourish.

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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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Monal

Still have few daffodils that have not opened. It has been a cooler period up here in the north which is good for daffodils. The ones that have started to bloom simply bloom longer when the weather is colder.

Monal (Narcissus’Monal’) started to open its flowers. The colors are bright and it sure stands up.

One more week to go and then I am able to spend a week in the summer cottage. Cannot wait for that.

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