calpat(zone9ab No.Ca.)June 3, 2008

I must have had another mind beat skip! Can't seem to get the right codes for posting!These Hollyhocks are offspring from original, planted 2 years ago. Since then all volunteers are different colors and all are healthy.

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Ooo, love that black one, Pat! I tell ya, I'm addicted to hollyhocks now. I can't believe how easy they are...and I can't believe I waited so long to try them.

Do you find that the volunteers are more likely to appear in regularly watered areas of your garden? I water by hand, so I'm sure that cuts down on some volunteers in my garden.


    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:19AM
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calpat(zone9ab No.Ca.)

Brenda, I think they probably do get regular watering, but I won't swear to it. I'm surprised that anything at all has come up, much less blooming! I just haven't been able to get outside to do even the simplist chores and it shows. In other words everything has gone to hell in a basket! I managed to hack off the top halves of the Mums this a.m. and I'm just wiped out. If anyone in this area needs or wants plants, come see me. Pat

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 6:02PM
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Wow, those are some beauties! I have never planted hollyhocks and whenever I see them in gardens, I want some. About what time of the year does one plant the seeds? Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 9:41AM
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I started mine indoors originally, Eloise, but they can be started outdoors starting in late summer. You might even be able to get a bloom out of them in autumn if you start some now....like my Summer Carnival plants, which bloom the first year from seed.

I have some perennial plants from last year that are getting ready to drop seeds now, which will sit where they fall until (or if...) they sprout next year. They will also put out a repeat bloom in fall if I'm lucky. :)


    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 9:22AM
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The volunteers can produce such interesting colors. I really like the dark one.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 3:05PM
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