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Hello gardening friends! It’s been awhile since I last posted – lots of changes! 🙂

We are typically about one month or so behind the UK garden results-wise – it’s always left me with quite a bit of garden-envy watching all your gardening developments, while I was still usually looking out the window at snow. We are very snow-free now, and have been for some time this year – thank goodness! We could do with some precipitation though, as it’s getting a bit dry, especially when the sun is up at 04:45 and not setting until well after 21:30 – and the sunlight hours are still increasing until midsummer. That, my friends, is a lot of sunshine! Temperatures today are going to be the warmest of the year so far, pushing 23C!! The rain I was so looking forward to arriving, seems to have dissipated, and we’ll be lucky to get anything at all next week. 😦 All that aside, here’s what I have for you today, enjoy!

Birch trees throughout Finland are pushing new leaves – and lots of pollen!

Cryptomeria Japonica ‘Rasen’ – curling needles are the specialty with this Japanese Cedar

Our beloved Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ – it really is so lovely!

Doronicum orientale – Lepoard’s Bane – planted long, long ago – probably in the 1960’s

Purissima tulipa and mixed croci muscari

Hyacinthus ‘Woodstock’ – provides a gentle aroma as we walk past this oft-traveled walkway to our driveway

There are lots of great posts and photos of gardens around the world centered upon the Six on Saturday theme – you can see them here