A few flowers that seem to be managing the heat and drought just fine, thank you.
In late summer, 2017, we sat on the back steps, pulling apart hollyhock seedheads, spilling seeds into a old coffee tin for later sowing, planting and giving away. Needless to say, a lot of these seeds wound up in the gravel and grass around the back steps instead of in the tin. They’ve been germinating […]
Hollyhocks are the star of this week’s garden!
An e-mail last week from my dad on Vancouver Island had a photo attached of his gigantic Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) – its first flower had opened, a lovely pure white with a burgundy red eye. Three days ago my own Rose of Sharon bloomed for the first time ever, and it’s remarkably similar […]
As the growing season progresses I find that some plants, even amongst dozens that may be blooming, steal the show. Lilac and Lupin in spring. Sunflowers (seeds sown late to ensure autumn flowers) and Asters in the fall and, before the bright orange Rudbeckia starts, the tall and serene majesty of Hollyhocks. They’ve just starting […]