Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Suddenly, hollyhocks

The mystery plant that has been growing in the flower garden out front has finally been identified. I've been tempted to pull that thing up more than once because it looked pretty weedy and no one could tell me what it was, but the resident gardener insisted that it wasn't a weed and in fact had been planted last year by our daughter.

I can now report that the little nondescript bushy thing is not a weed. In fact, it's not little or nondescript anymore but big, bold, and abounding with purply-pink blossoms that attract abundant hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Yes, we have hollyhocks. The tallest blossoming stems are seven feet tall and there are plenty of 'em. Recent dry conditions have left our other flowers looking puny and limp, but the hollyhocks are thriving and so, apparently, are the hummingbirds. Now I just need to find out how to take care of them so they keep thriving.

Most of the mystery plants that pop up in our gardens are invasive pests, so it's a nice switch when a mystery turns into a pleasant surprise. And to think: I almost pulled it up!


Bardiac said...


Weeding is ENDLESS!!!! But it's so cool when something doesn't actually need to be pulled up!

Joy said...

My grandmother used to have Hollyhocks growing in her flower garden. I remember when I was six I once asked her, "Grandma, what's the difference between Hollyhocks and Hamhocks?"

I'm going to write a song entitled "Hollyhocks and Hamhocks" one day.

Bev said...

I've got to hear that song!

Andrea said...

Remember the hollyhocks next fall when you face the weedy and nondescript in the classroom.