It is still a dream of mine to create a vast blaze of colour. I want a whole flower bed bursting with bright red, dainty pink, creamy yellow and exquisite burgundy hollyhock blossoms, standing tall in the sunlight. (deep long sigh)
I tried last year; really tried. https://westlakemusings.com/2012/10/27/hollyhock-obsession-making-it-so/ I cleared the land, turned the sod and trucked in nutritious, compost rich soil. Through repeated clandestine missions (mostly executed in the dark) and plotted like a diamond heist, I gathered seeds from all of my neighbours plants. After a month 30 little sprouts had germinated. These I planted last October. For added assurance I also sprinkled hundreds and hundreds of hollyhock seeds on top of the soil.
The end results: ……three lousy plants. (I think). Hollyhocks are bi-annual flowers so I can only assume these three plants are indeed hollyhocks. It is possible that they are just massive weeds that I have been watering all summer.
To say that I was disappointed is a huge understatement. BUT….I won’t give up.
I repeated the seed snatch again this summer. Three weeks ago I planted those seeds and I am now waiting for their second set of leaves before I transplant them into the garden.
This morning one of my favourite blogs “Leaf and Twig” posted a beautiful reminder of why I do all this. Hollyhocks are my dream and its reward will be stunning. …….
……………………………………………….. Just you wait.
Today I am reblogging one of my favourite sites. “Leaf and Twig” arrives daily. This morning’s message felt personal. I have reposted it below in appreciation. It is called Hollyhock’s Gifts. http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/hollyhocks-gifts/
packaged for next season
a small green purse
contains new beginnings