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Beauty of Apeldoorn

Tulips are still blooming up here in the north. This year the weather is warm and it will make the season a short one. Cannot complain, I just enjoy the sunshine.

Beauty of Apeldoorn (Tulipa ‘Beauty of Apeldoorn’) is doing well and displaying its beautiful colors.

Already made the tulip bulb order for the autumn and going to have two more varieties in the garden.

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Avalon

The daffodil season is now over and other flowers have begun blooming.

One of the late bloomers is Avalon (Narcissus ‘Avalon’). Already a bit beaten by rain but still beautiful.

Daffodils are so many. I already have more than twenty different varieties growing and each year try to add few more.

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Marinette

The spring flowers will soon be gone. The nice warm weather we are having will make sure of it.

The Marinettes (Narcissus jonquilla ‘Martinette’) are late bloomers and only made few flowers this year.

All the summer birds have now arrived and the black-throated loons (Gavia arctica) are swimming in the lake. They are quite many this year because the last year’s chicks are still with us before finding a lake of their own.

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Banja Luka

I still have few Banja Lukas (Tulipa ‘Banja Luka’) blooming this year.

It sure is a beautiful tulip with strong colors. I have always been a fan of yellow and red tulips.

It will be a difficult task to choose the next varieties in the autumn. Nowadays I usually go for the ones that are not too tall and have strong and sturdy build. Those tend to look good longer and are not that sensitive to the weather.

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Olympia

Columbine Olympia (Aquilegia ‘Olympia’) also called Lapland’s Aquilegia is always the one that blooms first. Way too earlier than the other aquilegias.

Even though it is a low growing variety it has big blooms and lots of them.

I only have this one plant and have been trying to grow more from the seeds but without success this far.

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Dahlia

It will still be few months before dahlias start to bloom up here in the north.

Luckily there are fully grown available in the stores. Bought two of them to the balcony to brighten the day.

Have to admit that only planted few roots this year. Simply do not have good space for them available this season. Last summer was not good for them and most did not have enough time to bloom.

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Wild Daffodil

The speed is now staggering. With in a bit more than a week everything has changed.

Suddenly all trees now have leaves and it seems that everything is blooming. Change happens fast up here in the north because summer is short and over in a blink of an eye.

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) also opened its blooms. I bought it last year from Ikea and was a bit unsure how it will turn out but it seems that all is well.

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Monal

It has been cooler and rainier up here in the north for the past week and it seems to continue like that.

The good thing is that it keeps the soil moist and gives a better chance for sown seeds to germinate.

Monal (Narcissus ’Monal’) which I planted last year made it through the winter and is now blooming by the lake. It has been a good year for the daffodils and have not lost a single variety.

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Tuolumne Dog’s Tooth Violet

The Tuolumne Dog’s Tooth Violet (Erythronium tuolumnense) is one of the spring flowers I have.

It seems to like the place which it has been planted to even though the soil is poor and it needs to compete with the grass.

The plant is originally brought to Europe from California but seems to do well up here in the north.

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