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Kiss Me

It is a rainy day up here in the north and time to relax a bit. Past few days have been hectic but most of the spring tasks are now done.

Kiss Me (Narcissus ‘Kiss Me’) has also started to bloom.

I like the gentle yellow color it has and it seems to be a reliable bloomer each year.

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Dutch Master

The Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix) have woken up and seem to be everywhere. The population has grown stronger over the years and luckily they are harmless.

The Dutch Master (Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’) is now blooming at my moms garden. Planted it to a good spot some years back.

It is such bold and big daffodil. Just love to have it blooming when there is not much else in the garden yet.

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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.

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Tete-a-Tete

Summer has finally arrived to the north! We are now expected to have a warm period that will last several days.

The trees do not yet have leaves but that will change within few days. For the time being the night frosts are gone and everything will start to grow with a staggering speed.

Tete-a-Tete Daffodils (Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’) are now blooming and the other daffodils will follow any day now.

The days are already long, about 17 hour and getting longer. Hope that the summer is going to be a good one.

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Double Gold Medal

We have been promised sunny days for the next week.

The daffodils I have bought this year are starting to bloom in the balcony. Double Gold Medal (Narcissus ‘Double Gold Medal’) was something I simply could not resist.

It will find its way to the summer cottage once it has bloomed and hopefully it will bloom again next year, if it makes through the winter.

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Sunspot

I still have few pictures left on my phone from the summer. It was actually not that good year for the sunflowers but Sunspots (Helianthus annuus ‘Sunspot’) made it.

For a sunflower Sunspot is a short one but the blooms are big, nearly the size of a tall ones.

It is a bit shame that they bloomed late and there is no hope for harvesting any seeds for the next year.

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Giant Sungold

The Giant Sungolds (Helianthus annuus ‘Giant Sungold’) finally started to bloom.

It was not a good year for sunflowers. The spring was cold and that caused a slow start. Therefore there was not enough time to grow. Which is unfortunately quite usual up here in the north.

Luckily the Giant Sungolds seem to be able to open their first and largest blooms just before the first frost.

They are almost three meters tall and look so good.

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