Monday, April 02, 2007

my hollyhocks *** a seed packet drawing!


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!

22 comments:

Becca said...

Just so you know, if I drove by your house, I would ask for seeds as well. I'm just saying...

Heidi said...

Oh, please put me in the drawing! I planted hollyhocks last year but nothing came up! :( I did notice a few little sprouts this year but I fear our snow last week might have done them in. I'd love to have some Friendship seeds!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Just yesterday, we put in a fence for a secret garden, that is just begging for some hollyhocks. :)

Anonymous said...

Linda, I would love to plant some of your hollyhocks!
Brandi Young

Natasha said...

Oh those are just beautiful, and the sign...Please don't eat the daiseys... I love it!!

I would love to be in your drawing, flowers or at least little sprouts, are just begining to show in this neck of the woods. I have't had hollyhocks in years.

Rhoda said...

Linda, thanks for stopping by again! I realy want to try some hollyhocks & a friend of mine just told me today that she is going to share some seeds with me. YAY!! I've never tried to grow them. Yours are gorgeous...

Rhoda
Southern Hospitality

Shara said...

Our back yard just got fenced in and I am anxious to FINALLY plant lots of goodies that the neighbor kids and dogs won't rip up or eat (the dogs, not the kids!). I love to read your blog and am envious or your year round warmth!

PAT said...

Hi Linda
One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting by my grandparents' back porch, making Hollyhock dolls.

I think Hollyhocks are especially pretty along fences.

Pat
Back Porch Musings

LBP said...

Love, love, love hollyhocks! Yours are beautiful. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

LBP

one`blue egg said...

Linda! Well I don't have to tell you but hollyhock grows all around here;) they are my favs! Yours are beautiful!

Sandy said...

Always love your posts! So much I gave you an award on my latest post.

Check it out!

We've been out of town, so catching up ...

Sandy

kristen said...

We just ripped out some ugly big bushes and put a stone border for a flower bed so yes I would love to bring those hollyhocks all the way to Oklahoma so please put me in the drawing!!!

Jolene George said...

these are really beautiful. I can see why you love them so much!

Amy said...

How lovely to see your garden :-)

Nonie Mae said...

The Hollyhocks are beautiful!

Cherub*Kisses said...

Hi Linda,
Your hollyhocks are gorgeous!! For years, I have adored my Miss G's pretty garden and in the next few weeks I will be purchasing her home... hollyhocks would be heavenly right along the white picket fence :))
Have a wonderful day! Dionne

norththreads said...

Oh how generous of you ! Id love to be included!!!!
~blessings~
Angie

Cindy said...

I would love some hollyhocks but I'm not sure they would do well in Maine, I could always try :-). I found your blog through a comment on Jane (yarnstorm's) blog and have been enjoying reading it.

mosaic queen said...

Hi Linda! Your Hollyhocks look Beautiful!!! For the first time, I have a Hollyhock plant growing, however, it's not big enough yet to start blooming. I tried growing Hollyhocks a few years ago, but I don't think they liked the location and died. My thriving Hollyhock is actually from the yard of a master gardener from Phoenix.
I hope I win!!

Liz said...

I love all your hollyhock pictures! It is encouraging. I planted some from seed about a month ago, and they are still tiny little things. Can you tell me how long it took for them to grow?

wisteriagirl said...

I just found your blog and the hollyhocks are gorgeous!! I wish I had found you sooner to receive some seeds. I want to plant some so bad! When I was a child, we use to make dolls out of the hollyhocks using clothespins.

Anonymous said...

I started hollyhocks in milk jugs using the 'winter sowing' method found at gardenweb.com Now I have gazillions everywhere:)