Years ago, I bought two hollyhock plants, they were different colors and had multiple stems. After the blooms came, I crunched the seed pods about the area, and I did this for every year after. Eventually I was down to two plants that were only in white/peachy, with pale pink centers.
I've featured these in my Midwest Gardening posts each year.
Today, two plants had multiple branches and did especially well this year, but still the white and peachy. Perhaps they were jealous
of the new kids on the block,
I caught them on camera after a hot day, full and fluffy. We have critters chewing on them a bit, like they are chewing on everything.
Last year I planted some new seeds and raised them in the greenhouse when it was spring. My DIL, Richelle, helped me transplant the small plants (12 or so), along the fence. Like all biennials, there were no blooms the first year.
Some didn't make it through our thaw and freeze spring.
Look at this one now...so full of stems and pods and gorgeous crimson flowers.
We have had so much rain and heat for Chicagoland in June, they are gigantic. I'm 5'7" and here, I raised my hand as high as I could and they are another two feet past that.
Some of the stems are gorgeous BARBIE PINK, lol. All ruffly and hot pink.
I didn't know what colors they would be, so I did multi-color flowers along the fence. It's a fiesta of color. They are swallowing my huge Day Lily plant.
With this heat, they won't last very long, so...enjoy!!!!
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Your holly hocks are amazing. Wowsie so tall and beautiful. Have a great 4th. It will be different for all of us this year.ReplyDelete
Sure will, Kris. Keep safe and thanks to your family for being first responders. I know it must be hard when so many loved ones are out there on the front lines. Hugs back, SandiDelete
Oh how pretty! I only had them to flower once many years ago and never again so am so envious of gardens with them. You didn't mention the beautiful butterflies on the fence behind them! Maybe you've written about them in the past but they are darling among the gorgeous blooms!ReplyDelete
Hi Dewena, thank-you. I purchased the butterflies, maybe 10-12 years ago at an art show. Sadly, I didn't have the name of the artist and have never seen him again. I think they are painted with automobile paint, because they are just as bright now as when I first purchased them.Delete
So beautiful and colorful!Happy 4th!ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you...and have a great weekend!Delete
I love your hollyhocks. I have black, peach, red and yellow. The red ones I bought last yr. I have not seen them in flowers yet. Hopefully this yr. they will flower. A friend gave me seeds for the yellow ones. I planted the seeds and they are coming up. I'm anxious to see them in flower also. Happy Weekend.ReplyDelete
ooooh, black ones...how interesting. I know they certainly are an exercise in patience. I'm thinking they may not be too exciting next year, but I will crunch the seeds again, and keep adding a few. We had so much rain in May and June, I think that is why they are so big! Please share your flowers when they bloom! Hugs, SandiDelete
So pretty!! Several years ago, I tried growing Hollyhocks but they did not take....ReplyDelete
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Hi Debbie, You just never know what will work, and not freeze. I do mound them with leaves in Fall! ??? Hugs back to you too, SandiDelete
I love your hollyhocks! I planted my first seeds this year, as I understand they need two seasons to bloom. Maybe I will get lucky though!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at All About Home!
Yes, no flowers until the second year. Make sure you crush the dried pods and spread them around, also start another package of seeds next year...eventually you will have them all the time! Good Luck! SandiDelete
Your hollyhocks are gorgeous! Pinned--thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!ReplyDelete
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