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Covent Garden

Covent Garden (Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’) bloomed well this year. Dry weather suits it fine and there were no rain to ruin the blooms.

The only challenge with Covent Garden is that the blooming season is quite short.

The flower is popular with the florists and is used in the bouquets. Gypsophila has been cultivated for hundreds of years and is a very old garden flower.

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Velouette

Velouette (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Velouette’) is a very beautiful cosmos variety.

The warm summer has suited it well and it has started to bloom earlier than usually.

For our short summers the variety is a bit problematic. If we get a cool summer, which we many times do, it has challenges to bloom early enough.

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White Admiral

The heatwave that lasted for more than a month is finally over. Now waiting for some rain to save the garden.

The long warm period caused some plants to get confused. The White Admiral (Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’) decided to start blooming a month earlier than normally.

The White Admiral is the one which starts the fall phlox blooming season. It will be interesting to see if the other phloxes got confused as well.

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Danish Flag

It has not been that good year for the Danish Flags (Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’). Because of the long warm period we are having many of the plants remain small.

Last year one of the flowers had a different color scheme. The white in the flower was replaced with purple.

I liked the color combination and collected the seeds. Now half of my Danish Flag flowers are waving red purple flags.

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Erfurter Orangefarbige

Erfurter Orangefarbige (Calendula officinalis ‘Erfurter Orangefarbige’) is a variety of calendula bred specifically for its medicinal virtues – astringent, vulnerary and anti-inflammatory. An ancient remedy for dermal wounds and irritation.

This variety of Pot Marigold is easy to grow and blooms early. I have other varieties planted as well but those are not even close to blooming.

My plan is to use the flower pedals for meals, just to bring some color.

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Blue Pepe

I seldom grow Nasturtiums because they are quite sensitive to frost. This year I made an exception.

Got a pack of edible flower seeds from a friend and it had Blue Pepe (Tropaeolum majus ‘Blue Pepe’) seeds. The seeds ended up to a pot and grew well.

Blue Pepe is a variety bred specifically for culinary use. The name is derived from its steel-blue leaves with purplish undersides.

The taste was a complete surprise to me when I ate the first leave today. I would describe it as peppery and I liked it very much.

I am also fond of the way Blue Pepe grows. It stays small and the leaves have nice color. I think this has just become a must have flower for me.

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