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Princess Irene

I did not even remember planting few Princess Irene tulips (Tulipa ‘Princess Irene’) by the lake.

The color of this variety is quite unique and beautiful. Makes me want to have more of them in the future.

The Princess Irene is quite short Triumph tulip and likes full sun and well drained soil.

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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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Seadov

Seadov (Tulipa ‘Seadov’) is a newcomer to my garden. Acquired 100 bulbs last autumn and all of them are now blooming.

In the beginning the color of the flower is modest but intensifies with the time and becomes something close to cranberry.

What I like most is the way Seadov grows. It is mid high variety and very stern. Even though it has rained a lot all Seadovs are standing straight and unaffected by the weather.

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Flaming Flag

The Flaming flags (Tulipa ‘Flaming flag’) are doing well. This is a third good year in a row for them.

When I bought the bulbs I was not sure how Triumph tulips would do up here in the north but they seem to be just fine.

They are strong and sturdy. Even though the weather has not been ideal for them they still manage to look good and untouched.

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Columbus

Columbus (Tulipa ‘Columbus’) sure is a very beautiful tulip. This peony tulip has glowing reddish pink color and has a decorative white edge.

This spring has not been a good one for them. The strong rainstorms have beaten the blooms and it has not been an ideal year.

The blooms are also a bit smaller than previously but I guess I am to blame for not giving them enough nutrients.

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Pinocchio

It has been a beautiful day up here in the north. We reached the summer temperatures and the long winter seems to be over.

I even managed to take the first swim. The water in the lake is still freezing, only about 5 degrees Celsius but it was a refreshing experience.

Pinocchios (Tulipa ‘Pinocchio’) started to bloom today. They are the first tulips to bloom and so pretty.

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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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Pinocchio

The first tulips are slowly starting to bloom. The month of May has been cold up here in the north and during many nights we have gone below the freezing point.

I have finally managed to plant all the flowers for the summer. Have several raised flowerbeds and it sure has been a task to have them renewed. I usually change the soil after five years to prevent the roots of the nearby trees to take over.

Pinocchio (Tulipa ‘Pinocchio’) is now blooming though not yet as red in color as it gets later on.

Also been laughing a lot. Few years back someone made a spelling mistake with the name of our county. For some reason Mäntyharju (Pine Ridge) was spelled Mäntyharja (Pine brush) in Facebook and Instagram. Now in half of the posts we have as the location the Pine brush version 😂

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