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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 (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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I bought yet another birdhouse and it was immediately occupied by a European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). It have been fun watching them to build a nest with huge enthusiasm.

Though I suspect that they are nesting for the first time since building the nest has not been a very efficient or organized. They are desperately trying to fit too large objects to the birdhouse and seem to get a bit frustrated when that does not work.

The Snowboard (Narcissus ‘Snowboard’) which I planted last year is now blooming. And it is a beautiful white daffodil.

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Endless flocks of wild geese are flying over the summer cottage on their way to north for nesting.

The geese have taken an advantage of the beautiful and warm weather. So have the daffodils which are now nearly all flowering.

Accent (Narcissus ‘Accent’) started to bloom in my parents palace on the other side of the lake. I have planted it there few years ago.

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Ice Follies

The birdhouses are now getting occupied by the summer residents. Only few of them are available anymore for the new comers.

Eurasian Great Tits (Parus major) and Eurasian Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) have spent the winter up here in the north and are the ones that can choose the best houses.

The European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) just arrived but managed to get its usual home for the summer.

The warm days have gotten the Ice Follies (Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’) to open up their flowers and bloom by the lake.


Panicle Hydrangea

Usually I travel some place warm during this time of the year but the virus has changed my plans. Luckily the autumn has been exceptionally warm up here in the north.

Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) have bloomed but I managed to take few pictures when visiting the summer cottage nearly two months ago.

Also bought a new variety for my dad in the spring with bigger blooms than the ones we currently have.