Flower of the Month

Oops, I almost let the month of May get by without designating a flower!

No question about it, the flower that wins this month is the hollyhock…

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Can you spot it there in the background?  This plant has soared to over 6 feet tall…

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Here’s the thing, it has been years since I have been able to successfully grow hollyhocks due to pesky rust.  Rust would overtake any plants I introduced into the garden faster than you could say scat.  I finally gave up a couple of years ago.  After I built the raised beds though I decided to proceed with an an experiment.  I bought some seeds and planted them at the end of summer last year.  They sprouted and thrived and I didn’t begin fighting rust until a couple of months ago.  Imagine my delight when I arrived home over the weekend to find the blooms opening up all along the giant stem…

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Aren’t they lovely…

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I’m glad I realized that May had not been honored before it was too late!

Oh, and I’m sure glad I did the hollyhock experiment…

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Comments

  1. What a bloom…gorgeous!