It’s been a lovely hot week with lots of sunshine. The veggy patch is growing leaps and bounds and all the summer perennials that should be blooming are, indeed, blooming! This week, it’s time for Alcea, Hollyhock, to shine. Here are a few as my number one pick for this Six on Saturday:
2 – For the first time ever, I ordered sweet peas from a specialty seed place. I think it was worth it since these vines are more vigorous than the normal, super market seed packet plant, and the flowers have really long stems, perfect for cutting. This is ‘Earl Grey:’
3 – I’ve showed pictures of my Kordes roses before, but now, in their first full year, they’re just taking off. Like this one – it’s called ‘Cinderella:’
4 – Last year, I basically dumped a pile of zinnia seeds in the cutting garden and let them grow. They did, but they were crowded and not great looking and made it a bit challenging to find good cutting stems. This year, I started fewer seeds than before (indoors), and I planted them in rows where I had corn growing last year. They’ve just started to bloom:
5 – Chicory was introduced to North America centuries ago, and now it can be found in the gravelly shoulders of county roads grows all over. The rosette of leaves starts out looking like dandelion, but quickly a tall spike appears and soon the beautiful blue flowers show up. I collected and scattered seeds in my garden a few years ago:
Finally – it’s Echinacea time! E. purpurea hasn’t gone full gangbusters yet – wait a few weeks – but the purple and white varieties are popping up here and there. E. Pallida is in full bloom as is a brand new Echinacea – I call it Echinacea ‘Peter Fuller,’ You can read all about it here.
That’s it for this week. Hope yours is sunny and warm as well! To see Six’s from around the world, head on over to the host of this blogging meme – The Propagator.