New Dahlia

Dahlia Fire and Ice
Our friends gave us a bag of three dahlia tubers in the spring. The packaging label says  ‘Fire and Ice’.  I was afraid I had planted them upside down as it took very long before I was able to see anything growing in the pot. I have looking forward to see if they match the picture.

Now my ‘Fire and Ice’ is in bloom. It is very different from the picture . More fire than ice. The flowers are very beautiful. I have looked for images on the net and found some pictures that look like my flowers. They call them Anemone Dahlia. I think that is what mine is.
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There will be many, many flowers. Here is the first one in bloom.
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Isn’t it very much like anemones or what ?
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Fire yes, ice no. No matter what, I love it. I hope it will stay with us many years to come

Orange Day Lily Hemerocallis

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I bought a new Daylily a week or two ago. Yellow was not the color I was looking for but as there were no oranges just I took one.  There’s nothing wrong with yellows ones but I desired orange ones. As the sign said varieties I hoped the plant I took by chance would be an orange one. I read the name on the sign and repeated it to myself several times hoping to remember it. I should have written it down because by the time we were back at home I forgot it. I went back the next day and took a picture of the sign :)
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Today, in the morning when I looked out the door I was happy to see the first flower and yes, it is orange.
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For years I have admired, in two different gardens, down the road this kind and this color lilies. I have, when no one has been around, took pictures of the. No need for that anymore ;)
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The orange lily is a tall one. Much taller than the two other. I have to enlarge the flower bed as the lilies spread fast. They soon, next spring, need more space.

Seaplane

It was surprising to yesterday afternoon see a small seaplane parked at the dock down by the lake. It’s not a every day sight on “our” lake. Actually the very first time I’ve seen one here. It looked so nice. Imagine being able to land and for a moment sit on the dock and enjoy the warm, beautiful evening sun. Then take off and continue flying over beautiful lakes and fields. Yes, thank you, that I could definitely think of doing on a windless summer evening.

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Quismo 11 Years

Our adorable, gorgeous Bengal cat Quismo turned eleven on Friday 18th. We all kissed and hugged him and he had en extra meal of chicken. He loves chicken. We were very busy on Friday so I totally forgot to take pictures of him as I had planned to do. Love you Quismo <3
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The First Ripe Tomato

In the middle of May I bought a tomato plant. It’s years since I had tomato plants. At one point I had 10 plants. They gave plenty of tomatoes. We had tomatoes at every meal. In the end of the summer there still was so many green tomatoes that we had to pick them and take them indoor before the frost. Some of them we put on a tray to turn red and ripen. Of the rest of them my husband made pickled green tomatoes.

Tomatoes are cheap to buy in the summer time. Yesterday I bought plenty as they were only 0,99 euro / kilogram. So why grow plants? Well, because it’s so nice picking a shiny, red, sun  warm tomato from your own garden or your own patio. Also they taste better. Don’t they ? Perhaps I will have more plants than just one next summer.
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My Lilium Lollipop

Lilium Lollypop, Lily Lollipop IMG_7143CWOW! My Lily Lollipop (or is it Lollypop ? I see it written in both ways on the net. ) has two flowers on one stem. I was afraid there wouldn’t be any because of the lily beetle.

I read the plant profile for Lilium Lollypop. It says the stem is 60-70 cm, flower head size is large. Mines are very small. The stem is only about 15 cm. The flowers are smaller than the ones in my friend’s garden. I’m happy even with this baby size plant and flowers

I’m sure there will be more of them next summer. The plants will be strong standard height and the flowers  will be large.