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Chatelaine

I do not know why but I lost half of my lupines last winter which was a surprise because they are usually very hardy.

To my delight The Chatelaine (Lupinus ‘The Chatelaine’) started to bloom in the new spot that it was planted this spring.

I am still trying to find more colors. Lupines are so easy flowers for the summer cottage.

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Snowdrop Windflower

It has been quite cool start of the summer up here in the north. Not many warm days yet.

Spending a week in the summer cottage and still need to burn wood in the fireplace to stay warm during the nights.

The Snowdrop Windflowers (Anemone sylvestris) are blooming now. A bit beaten by the wind and rain but still beautiful.

If the plant likes the place it will spread rapidly and has a very large root network.

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Tahiti

I still have few pictures in my phone from the spring. Daffodils are now gone and we need to wait the whole year to see them again.

Tahiti (Narcissus ‘Tahiti’) bloomed beautifully in May and managed to take a photo when they were at their best.

Summer has finally arrived to the north. After a cool May we have had quite nice weather up here in the north for change.

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Helmar

Last autumn I ordered tulips from the Netherlands. Helmar (Tulipa ‘Helmar’) was one of those varieties.

Helmar is a very distinctive Triumph tulip with wine red flames on a yellow base resembling the historic tulips painted during the golden age and that is why the group is also known as the Rembrandt tulips.

The bulbs overwintered well and are now starting their show. Was able to spend the weekend in the summer cottage to see the start but unfortunately will miss the end of the show this year.

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Strike

It has been cool spring up here in the north and daffodils are still at their best. The late spring means that the tulip season is just about to begin.

The Strikes (Narcissus ‘strike’) have enjoyed the coldness and are blooming by the lake.

I do not have many vacation days this summer which has meant way less plants than normally. The simple reason is that I am not here to water them. Luckily the perennials are there to brighten the flowerbeds.

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Siberian Squill

Siberian Squills (Scilla siberica) are one of my favorite spring flowers.

The color they have is simply striking and they are so easy to grow. They usually spread and form a beautiful blooming blanket.

Still waiting the warmer weather up here in the north. Today the weather has been cool and we even got some snow flakes from the sky.

Happy Mother’s Day day to all moms! It is celebrated up here on the second Sunday of May each year.

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Spring Crocus

Spring is late this year up here in the north but it is slowly getting warmer.

The lake by the summer cottage finally lost its ice cover yesterday. It was fun to watch the ice slowly drift away and clear water to emerge.

Not many flowers bloom yet and not much to see but the Crocuses (Crocus vernus) are starting their show.

I do not have many of them simply because their season is usually very short and I prefer longer blooming spring flowers. They sure are beautiful though.

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