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I have been trying to find new cosmos varieties to grow. I prefer short and early ones.

Purity seems to be a good candidate. Not too tall, grows to beautiful shape and flowers are well formed.

Need to collect the seeds in the autumn and see if it is success also next year.

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Water Lily

Sometimes gardening is easy. You just go and sit by the lake and watch what Mother Nature has done.

Water lilies are doing well this year.

It is so relaxing just to sit and look what there is. Though now wondering from where to buy red ones to bloom by the white ones.

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Snowdrop Windflower

The snowdrop windflowers started to bloom today. Like they all decided to open their flowers on the same day.

At first I was sure that they will not make it up here but then they started to spread and are now doing well.

Now they are just in one flower bead but my plan is to move some of them to new places to have them in several different locations.

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Cosmos 111

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.

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Danish Flag

Danish Flag 1

Bought the seeds for this poppy simply because it looked a bit unusual. Turned out that it is a beautiful one and surprisingly easy to grow.

The combination of white and read is quite striking. Also the shape of the flower is not regular.

Have been waiting and waiting for it to start blooming and now hoping that the heavy showers don’t ruin it.

Well that was false hope. Two hours after the photo was taken a hailstorm struck and all the blooming Danish flags were gone. Luckily there are still some where the buds are not open so not all hope is lost.

Danish Flag 2





Snowballs are here again! The bush seems to be full of white flowers.

Hope that the branches are able to take the extra weight brought in by the racemes. They have promised heavy summer rains and it might be too much to bear.

I have been so happy this one bush that I decided to try to have few more. Trying to have new saplings by bending the branches to the soil and waiting them to grow roots.


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Flag tulips are doing well up here in the north. Planted a mix of them in the autumn and they seem to enjoy the shady place under an old apple tree.

Must buy more of them in the autumn to make sure that we can enjoy them in the fourth coming spring.

We are a bit behind the usual summer schedule this year. Tulips usually bloom two weeks earlier and typically they are already gone by the mid-summer.

Well it has been cold and dry spring. Not an ideal one for the garden. Many of the plants were take by the frost but at least some are doing well.