Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hollyhocks in bloom


This year, the Hollyhocks rewarded me with four different types of flowers. All of you know my obsession with Hollyhocks and how I gather pods of seeds whenever I see a plant. I like to be surprised, so I place all the seeds I collect in a jar and WALLA! Sometimes my tactic doesn’t reward me with variety, like last year when all my plants turned out to have white flowers.

14 comments:

Meems said...

Very lovely, Rusty. I really must try my hand at hollyhocks next year! I really like the single blooming ones like you have. Are there any secrets to growing them in our heat?
Meems @ Hoe&Shovel

Jeanette said...

Gday Rusty,Your gathering of hollyhock seeds was sure worth while. I just love the very dark one, but then again there all beautiful.

Surya said...

Lovely hollyhocks..
They have beautiful color. I love them..

Rhonda said...

How do you keep your bougainvillea blooming so heavily? It seems that mine bloom heavy the first year then the blooms are more scant thereafter.

cinnamonbite said...

Look at that! I didn't even know we could grow Hollyhocks here! Okra and Hibiscus, yes, but...wow!

Stacy said...

That first one is spectacular...do you happen to know that variety?

Brenda said...

I also love the color of that first one.

Nicole said...

All so beautiful-great that you got a variety, too. I too like to be surprised sometimes.
Rhonda: bougainvillea bloom best after drought following rain and after pruning.

Frances, said...

Great work, Rusty, you have a good variety of colors. I like the singles best too.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Your hollyhocks look lovely Rusty and this year you have them in many colours, not just white. Enjoy!

Green thumb said...

All these Hollyhocks are gorgeous but I absolutely adore the dark maroon one! Any particular tips for growing them?

Cheryl said...

Beautiful hollyhocks....remind me of my dear departed Grandmother, she always had them in her delightful cottage garden.
A joy, thank you.

Wicked Gardener said...

I didn't know you could grow those down here either - I will have to try them! When do you plant them?

Figaro said...

Hollyhocks are suppose to be plant host for a couple of butterfly larvaes. I have a butterfly garden at my house on 20th Street SW & 27 Ave. Just wanted to know if you have been getting larvaes eating your plants. What has been your experience? Gracias.