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Violet

The violets (viola) are now in the stores.

It seems that this year I was not able to select my favorite color.

I just ended up buying all kinds of colors.

This season the most popular colors seem to be different shades of violet, purple or blue.

Black is a color you do not often see in a flower but it is gaining popularity.

I guess I still need to buy few more colors to brighten my day. Luckily violets are not that expensive.

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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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Sunspot

I still have few pictures left on my phone from the summer. It was actually not that good year for the sunflowers but Sunspots (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) made it.

For a sunflower Sunspot is a short one but the blooms are big, nearly the size of a tall ones.

It is a bit shame that they bloomed late and there is no hope for harvesting any seeds for the next year.

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Giant Sungold

The Giant Sungolds (Helianthus annuus ‘Giant Sungold’) finally started to bloom.

It was not a good year for sunflowers. The spring was cold and that caused a slow start. Therefore there was not enough time to grow. Which is unfortunately quite usual up here in the north.

Luckily the Giant Sungolds seem to be able to open their first and largest blooms just before the first frost.

They are almost three meters tall and look so good.

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Monkshood

The Monkshood (Aconitum × stoerkianum) is doing well this summer. It is one of those old flowers that have been grown up here in the north for a long time.

The bumblebees adore the flowers and there is constant buzz among the plants.

Monkshoods protect themselves with a cocktail of poison though. The whole plant is poisonous and a small dose of the root is enough to kill you. In other words not a suitable plant if you have small children playing in the garden.

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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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