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Siberian Squill

It is a rainy day up here in the north. We have had cool weather for the past two weeks but tomorrow it should start warming up.

I am spending the week in the summer cottage and starting the planting season. Plenty of things to do and not much to see yet in the garden.

The winter seems to have been a good one for the plants and nearly all of them have survived. We went down to -30 degrees Celsius but that is not too much.

The Siberian Squills (Scilla Siberica) are at their best at the moment and are usually one of the first ones to start the blooming season. I just love the blue color they have in the blooms. It is so bright and strong.

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Garden Grape-hyacinth

The spring flowers are finally starting to bloom up here in the north.

The week long warm period has done wonders to the nature. Though it will be cooler from now on, which is not a bad thing because the blooms last longer in the cold weather.

Garden Grape-hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is blooming in my balcony but it will still take a week or so them to bloom in the garden.

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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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Double Gold Medal

We have been promised sunny days for the next week.

The daffodils I have bought this year are starting to bloom in the balcony. Double Gold Medal (Narcissus ‘Double Gold Medal’) was something I simply could not resist.

It will find its way to the summer cottage once it has bloomed and hopefully it will bloom again next year, if it makes through the winter.

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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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Easter Cactus

The spring is finally here and my Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri) has started to bloom.

It blooms once a year during the Easter time and that’s where the name comes.

To have cactus to bloom twice a year I have planted to the same pot both Christmas and Easter cacti. The end result is nice because it delights you with the blooms more often.

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Flaming Flag

The late blooming tulips are still blooming up here in the north. Most of the others are already gone.

The flaming flags (Tulipa ‘Flaming flag’) are doing well and it seems that we did not loose any during the winter.

We have been promised good weather for the next week and hopefully the summer flowers start their show.

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