Well most of you know my long lasting love for roses….
but I must admit, hollyhocks have a special place in my heart.
When my husband and I first planted a garden together, Zebrina HH’s were one of our best “do-ers”….to this day it is an essential plant in my garden.
But this year I am going HH crazy and planting several new beds with big drifts of HH’s.
I love the idea of big rows rows bright colors….along a path or fence.
They just reach for the sky and shine….with so many different colors.
And I think they are so pretty from bud….
I have mostly doubles now….pink and white….
But I recently purchased some lovely seeds….like
Creme De Cassis Hollyhock
And a lovely double red variety….
and even an assortment of 33 different kinds on EBay!
(I just cannot wait to see them….it will be like Christmas for me…lol)
But my best ones have came from a seed mix called “Indian Spring”
They are singles, but very pretty reds, white and pinks.
Mine were planted late spring and bloomed the first year.
And the seed was very inexpensive….I bought 3 plants for $5 last spring.
I have over 40 starts from one lg seed packet for less then $1!
You can’t beat that…and guess what?
Now is the perfect time to plant seeds.
I have some babies about 1/2 inch tall right now.
I know the bugs like to munch on them….but if you end up with beautiful color like this….
I don’t even see the marks….I just see the blooms.
And I am already missing them….but they will be back with more beautiful blooms next year….especially the zebrina….she has a tendency to wander….lol.
But I think that is a good thing!
(Some photos in the post borrowed from the net)