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Olympia

Olympia is always the first aquilegia to bloom and it sure is a beauty.

The blooms are large and bright though the plant itself is low and modest.

Must plant more of these to the garden.

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Stonecrop

After several beautiful days the winter decided to come back. The temperature is below the freezing point and we got some snow during the night.

Stonecrops are doing fine though. Even with the low temperatures they have managed to start the season.

Stonecrops are one of those plants which look interesting the whole summer. Light green during the spring and red long lasting blooms during the autumn.

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Pansy

Pansies are doing well in the balcony. Bought them already few weeks ago.

During some of the nights the temperature still goes below the freezing point but the pansies are used to the cold by now and do not mind. Sometimes they even survive the harsh winters up here.

Need to buy some more to the summer cottage. Just to have blooming flowers to brighten the early summer.

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Viola

We have had few sunny days up here in the north. It is a bit early but could not resist buying few violas to the balcony even though we still have some snow on the ground.

This year winter came with plenty of snow and it has taken a while to melt. Good thing is that thick blanket of snow also acts as a cover and low temperatures do not harm the plants.

Less than month to go and the gardening season is here. Six long months we have waited but the reward is now nearly here.

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Ornamental Brassica

Autumn is here. The trees are loosing their leaves. A constant flow of bird flocks flying south accompanied by a steady wind from the north. During the nights temperatures are below the freezing point.

Some of the plants are still coping. The ornamental brassicas are at their best bringing color to the garden.

Not a good year for them though. The hails, the maggots and I chose a wrong variety in the spring. Must try to find a different one for the next summer.

A long wait for the spring is about to begin.

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Teddy Bear

It has been awhile since I have written. Been traveling a bit and enjoying life.

Autumn is here though the days are still surprisingly warm and the water in the lake is still 20 degrees Celsius. Cannot remember a summer like this.

I was planning to have pictures about late blooming lilies, beautiful lobelias, tall sunflowers and colorful dahlias in my blog. Unfortunately we had a thunderstorm yesterday and it poured tons and tons of hails on us.

Now most of my flowerbeds look like salad bowls and do not have that many things to take photos of. Well luckily it is end of the season so I do not feel bad.

Two dwarf sunflowers made it through the storm so not everything was lost. The teddy bears are the ones that I always like to have in the garden because of their reliability and sweet appearance.

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