Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hollyhock, Chaters Double


Late to the party, is a Chaters Double Hollyhock. I had just resolved myself to this one not blooming this year, and POP! Off it went. I love the fluffy texture of the fresh blossoms, but do not particulary relish how tatty they look shortly thereafter, as you can see.

This is another surprise in seed buying on ebay. Its supposed to be a single pink. And if you remember, the single pinks were supposed to be reds. Round it went, good thing I am well and truly over having planned themes/colours for the garden.

Recent rain has put Mother Nature in the mood to grant me a reprieve in the garden. Many seedlings are erupting throughout the bare patches. This is the absolute beauty of allowing some plants to set seed, as opposed to diligenly dead heading everything.

So far Ive spied seedlings of hollyhock, nasturtiums, cosmos, sweet pea, and salvia farinacea (a real favourite of mine). With just a bit of care and a little weather luck, we will be lush and lovely again in no time.

I invite you to join me now, in a sigh of relief. Ahhhhh.

7 comments:

Sandy said...

ahhhhhh, and it's a beauty. How mysterious to buy seeds of ebay seeing as how you never know what you are going to get! I wish I could plant a garden again but just don't know how long we will live here before we sell (retirement and all)...

Young Werther said...

Ahhhhh.... welcome rain respite.

Love sweet peas in bloom. Unfortunately mine died ages ago and never got round to replanting.

kj said...

what fun, lavender! my spring will soon be sprouting and i can't wait to see the first cracks in the earth. enjoy enjoy, my friend!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Oh what a beauty!!!

Melanie said...

Your hollyhock flower is everything a secret froof addict desires. What a sight for my disgruntled eyes today. Lovely to spy such gorgeousness. I still do not understand what this "rain" is that you are getting though. I am unfamiliar with that substance and think surely it is a myth!!! :)

BetteJo said...

Those are so pretty! And I consider YOUR garden luck ours as well - we get to see pictures and do none of the work!

My Budgies of the fictional town of Budgewoi said...

beautiful! three stages in one photo/one plant, amazing;
Bud