About two years ago (or could it be three by now?), my sweet blog friend Jody posted that she had some heirloom hollyhock seeds to give out, if anyone would like some. I’ve never had hollyhocks, but I remember seeing a beautiful row of Hollyhocks at Piper’s Quilt Shop in Salt Lake years ago, so I jumped at the chance. Hollyhocks are biennials which means that they need two growing seasons to bloom.
Last year, the green parts came up, but it sure didn’t seem like they did much growing. Turns out, the bunnies were nibbling on them, so I thought that they might not return this year. They did come back and I watched that plant like a nervous hen, all spring and into the summer. Poor Jody, every now and then, I’d e-mail her wondering why they hadn’t bloomed yet. There were buds, but they weren’t doing anything. “Patience” she replied.
And finally. Bloom, bloom they did. Aren’t they gorgeous? Look at all that yummy pollen there, just waiting for some lucky bee. And I love the pretty green stars that peek out from behind the petals.
Thank you, thank you SO much Jody. I’ve enjoyed these beautiful flowers immensely and I think of you every time I see them. If you, dear reader, haven’t been to visit Jody, you are missing a true gem. Jody writes beautifully about life on the Prairie where there’s never a dull moment. Her latest post is a classic case — there’s even a very cool video that would be perfect for your nature-loving children.
And now, I fear, I owe ALL of you a BIG apology. In my last post, Karen correctly pointed out that I used the “C-word”. The shame! I make it a point to harangue anyone who uses the “C-word” in the summer (in fact poor Karen was my victim last year), so it’s especially grievous that I have sinned. What comes around, goes around. Please forget I ever mentioned it, and I do hope you’ll forgive me as I retreat to my little corner.
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