Home | Newest Editions | Most Popular Issues | Free Newsletters | Forums

Custom Search
Publication: Garden Guides
Hollyhock, An Old-Fashioned Favorite

Subscribe FREE to Garden Guides by clicking here.

                   GardenGuides Newsletter 
                       August 1, 2006


Developed by scientists and used only by the finest chefs of 
the world... You too can make the revolutionary Flexible 
Chopping Mat a part of YOUR kitchen. 

Perfect for cutting and chopping, the futuristic surface won't 
dull knives. Not only will it protect your countertops it also 
provides a sanitary work surface. Great for camping, boating, 
picnics and RV's. You can even fold the sides and it becomes a 
funnel... great for your veggies. Oh yeah, did we mention its 
dishwasher safe and FDA approved. Don't wait get two (2) 
Flexible Chopping Mats for JUST $2.99 when you visit below:
Flexible Chopping Mats

Rules of Thumb for Water Use on Lawns and Gardens

One deep watering is much better than watering several times 

Lawns need about 1 inch of water each week. If the weather 
is very hot, apply an inch of water about every 3 days. 

Watering to a depth of 4-6 inches encourages deeper, health-
ier root development. It allows longer periods between 

To measure the water, put an empty tuna can (or cat food 
can) on the lawn while watering. Stop watering when the can 
is full or if you notice water running off the lawn.

          ----- The Real Patsy Cline on DVD -----

This is a DVD that harkens back to when COUNTRY was really
COUNTRY. Patsy Cline was an American original and in this
DVD you will get a chance to see original performances by
this country legend.  We dare anyone not to get goose bumps
when Patsy performs, 'Crazy' and 'I Fall to Pieces.' Great
music - great history. If you have a library at home and
want a rare DVD that will be popular 50 years from now,
order your copy today. Now, only $14.99
The Real Patsy Cline on DVD

Hollyhock, An Old-Fashioned Favorite
By Kate Jerome
I grew up making hollyhock dolls from my grandmother's 
hollyhocks. There was something special about the tissue-
paper petals in soft pastel hues. And something grand about 
the 8-foot-tall flower spikes that give such tremendous 
stature and architecture to the perennial garden. 

My grandmother referred to these old-fashioned favorites as 
biennials, yet they came up every year. I never gave the 
mechanics of these lovely plants a thought until I planted 
them at the edge of my vegetable garden a few years ago. 

From Seed to Bloom

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are true biennials, taking two 
years to complete a life cycle. A biennial plant spends the 
first year producing a sturdy elaborate root system with 
only a simple rosette of leaves aboveground. The leaves die
back to the ground in winter, and the root system goes 
quietly to sleep. 

The following spring, the plant awakens to send up a flower 
stalk to produce blossoms and seeds. At the end of this 
second season, the plant usually dies, having completed the 
task of spreading its seeds. 

In my vegetable garden, the hollyhocks bloom continually all 
summer, and begin scattering ripe seeds in midsummer. The 
seeds germinate and produce a family of seedlings all around 
the mother plants. 


              Free CDRom From Garden Composer
 Normal Retail Price: $24.95... YOURS free (s&h of $5.99)

Create spectacular garden arrangements with Garden Composer's
free CDRom. Everything you need for Great Garden Making is now 
on 1 CD that will have gardeners of every level inspired. Save 
time by planning your garden on screen... just a click of the 
mouse to place your plants and a few seconds more to contour 
paths and customize features. It couldn't be easier to create 
your dream garden. Develop your ideas and watch them come to 
life today. Also includes a Plant Encyclopedia that makes it 
simple to find your favorite plants. Order today for free ($5.99 
delivery plus $2.99 for each additional) while supplies last by 
visiting: Garden Composer

These seedlings get their first year's growth in late summer 
and fall, and then the following year send up blossom stalks. 

Now that I have the cycle set up, I have plants blooming 
every year. I started with only maroon-flowered plants, but 
they freely cross-pollinate, giving me luscious tints and 
hues of pink, maroon, apricot, and white. 

There is nothing quite like a hollyhock to add color to the 
back of a perennial border. Their large tropical leaves add 
substance, and the spires of crepe-paper blossoms in all 
hues of rose, red, pink, salmon and even darkest purple-
black (my favorite) add unrivaled drama. 

Hollyhocks thrive in full sun and average to poor soil, and 
basically take no care other than to enjoy the blooms. They 
do have a pesky bug that tends to turn the leaves to lace, 
but planting them in a situation with other plants to hide 
the lower part of the stalks works beautifully.

           GopherCentral's Question of the Week   

      Timely and topical, click below to answer the 
                 Question of the Week
Question of the Week   
Visit the ARCHIVES:
Garden Guide Archives 
More Fun and Amusements by email: F-R-E-E Newsletters 
Copyright 2006 by NextEra Media. All rights reserved. 

E-Mail this issue
Subscribe FREE to Garden Guides by clicking here.

The Garden Guides Forum
grass clippings
waltnut trees
Planting for Fragrance
View this Forum | Post a topic to this forum

Home | Newest Editions | Most Popular Issues | Free Newsletters