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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