The heatwave has made everything bloom and all the flowers are now opening their buds.
The irises are starting to appear as well.
It is a bit pity that up here in the north they are annuals and need to be replanted each year.
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.
First cosmos flowers are starting to bloom. The ones I have gotten from my mom always go first. The others follow a month later in August.
I have been trying to find an early blooming variety with no luck. Simply because the summers are so short up here in the north.
This far I have not had any luck. My luck might change this year. A new variety is already making buds. We will see.
If I have no success then I just give up and continue with the one from mom. One variety is enough if it is a good one like I now have.
Finally it begins to be warm enough in the north so you can run to a florist an buy the first violets. Something colorful to your balcony which can manage the cold nights and unpredictable weather. The days are now longer and active part of the year has started.
And I sure have waited for this!
Violets come in various colors and usually arrive to the shops early in the spring shortly followed by pansies. Usually have both in my balcony to have something blooming in the beginning of the season.
Sadly violets only last until the end of July even if I cut them short. The balcony simply becomes too hot for them to make it longer. Luckily by that time the other flowers have begun their show.
Now I just need to wait and see which of the plants have made it through the winter. It sure has been a mild and warm one here in the northern Europe. A second one in the row. Bet that the forthcoming will be a cold and cruel.
PS. Bought the violets from a florist nearby simply because of the quality.