Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hollyhock

An old fashioned biennial accent plant reminiscent of heirloom gardens and the cottage garden, the hollyhock, alcea rosea, is a beautiful addition to the back of a sunny perennial border. Hollyhocks are short lived herbaceous biennials, however often remain in the flower garden due to the common occurrence of self sewn seedlings. I love the tissue paper texture of the beautiful hollyhock blooms, and the striking height of the plants, which usually range from 5 to 8 feet at maturity. Black Nigra Hollyhock 30 Seeds, 450 mg - Alcea rosea

9 comments:

greggo said...

Have germinated many hollyhock seeds for the cottage garden this year. They remind me of my mothers garden from the past, fond memories.

oregonjewelry said...

So pretty, I love spring time.

Gardens at Waters East said...

Yesterday and today have been unbelievably hot and humid. Most unusual for the shore of Lake Michigan. Since it is way to hot to work in the Gardens at Waters East, it is a good time to catch up on your Blog and other Blogs I am following. Your comments about the peony from generations ago is like the rose bush I have here. It has been moved from city to city now for five generations. It belonged to one of my neighbors. Gives me a good feeling having "roots" of that type in the garden. By the way, since we both hybridize daylilies, how are your doing this year? This will be the first year that more than 400 new ones I developed will bloom. Can not wait! Jack

nancybond said...

One of the things I remember most fondly about my favourite aunt's home are the hollyhocks that stood against the south of her house. It's great to catch up with you again!

chey said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Hi Jack, we have had a very wet spring, so the daylilies have not seen much sun! They will be blooming from mid July till the end of Aug, so we will see then how they have been affected. Thanks for the inquiry! This is such an exciting time of year awaiting those new seedlings:).Let me know how yours have done!

Great to hear from you Nancy! Your blog is looking beautiful!!! So inspirational!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I just planted a few hollyhocks this spring, remembering some at a house I lived in as a little girl. I can hardly wait until they are tall and blooming! Lovely blog.

Jeff, Chief Gardener said...

I love your photos. What type of camera do you use to get such crisp close-ups?

-Jeff
http://hamptonsgarden.blogspot.com

chey said...

I use a Canon Rebel xsi with the 18-55mm lens. I also have a Canon macro lens to get in real close.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Hi! I'm a happy shade gardener living in Lunenburg County. I love Hollyhocks but alas! They will not grow for me. Yours are lovely.