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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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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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