My hollyhocks are beginning to bloom and each day I anxiously step outside to see what colors await me. You see, I harvest the seeds each year to give to friends and family... but I have not planted any seeds myself in years. They reseed themselves so I never really know what color blooms I will have from year to year.
Last year I had yellows and purples and faded pinks and varigated hot pink can-can hollyhocks... the kind that look
like ruffled crinolines. (that you wore under dresses when you were little)
I don't hesitate to pull over when I see an unusual colored hollyhock and ask the homeowner if I can take the seeds to plant. They are always so gracious and excited to think their seeds are going all the way to Phoenix, Arizona.
Yes, I am all about Friendship gardening... where your plants and flowers have come from a friend that is willing to share their seeds or a part of a plant for me to root and grow. As I have said, I am all about the story. So each of my plants have a story... about when and where I got the original plant or seed. For years I got a magnet from a vacation destination... now I bring home rocks and plants and flower seeds!
*** Oooh, I just thought of something! Several years ago my husband made me my very own Hollyhock seed packets that I fill with seeds each year and share with friends & family. Would you like one? Well then, leave me a comment and I will have a drawing on Wednesday!! I have several packets ready to be send out... so I will definitely be drawing more than one name!