Outdoor Flowers 2015

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First pansies bloomed indoors. Transplant outdoors completed on Easter. The hollyhocks I planted last year are still alive. Looking forward to them blooming this year. All the crocuses have bloomed just in the past week or so - now to 3rd level fat small-tulip sized crocuses.

Last year, some pansies survived and thrived all summer, planted with onions. So planted more onion-and-pansy combo boxes this year, and tried putting a bit of potassium-heavy root-vegetable fertilizer in the soil when I transplanted in the pansies. Let's see how that works. (So far, it looks great. The wind has been howling, but the young pansies look robust, not whiny at all.)
 

 

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Getting kinda bare out there,

Getting kinda bare out there, but I still have surviving pansies, calibrachoa, gazanias, violas, volunteer snapdragons, and geraniums. And I can put the hibiscus in the garage overnight to keep it going another few weeks.

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No joy yet from the

No joy yet from the hollyhocks regrowing. Have a pretty balsam volunteer from when I grew them intentionally several years ago.

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I cut down all the hollyhocks

I cut down all the hollyhocks, down to about 4" from the ground, except for one pink spike that hadn't bloomed yet. The theory is that the plants will grow another set of spikes for autumn. We'll see. They were gorgeous, but eventually got kinda seedy and vertically challenged.

Lots of volunteers this year, especially calibrachoa and baby duck petunias.

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The whiter hollyhock was not

The whiter hollyhock was not the same Antwerp Figleaf variety as the other two. Some other variety's seed got into my packet. sad And its leaves were diseased, and it never looked very pretty. Anyway, cut that one down yesterday.

I read online somewhere that you should cut all blooming hollyhocks down to the ground for them to reflower later in the year. I have my doubts about whether there's enough year left for that to happen. But it might. In any case, the two prettier figleaf hollyhocks aren't done blooming yet.

I don't have as many flowers going as usual this year. So far, nothing's quite barren, but...

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Still giving the hollyhocks

Still giving the hollyhocks Miracle Gro once a week. The pink hollyhock is definitely getting deeper-colored from that over time. It's a gorgeous shell pink.

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Wish I'd gotten a dark rose

Wish I'd gotten a dark rose hollyhock photo before a storm that blew through. I love this plant... The other two hollyhocks are also in bloom, one a pretty shell pink, the other such a faint pink that it's barely off-white. That off-white plant never got pretty, and its leaves are not fig-leaf. So, I think a different, biennial type hollyhock seed got in there by mistake.

The gazanias are starting to bloom, too. Lotta yellow in my pink shades, but they're pretty. Also have a bunch of volunteer snapdragons in bloom. The pansies are struggling, and I'm not keeping up with the deadheading on them.

Edit: Oh! The dark rose is a single hollyhock. What happened was that I added fertilizer, and that deepened all the hollyhock colors. I read up on hollyhocks, and it turns out they are "heavy feeders". Which surprised me, since the thing reached 12' tall without much fertilizer. wink Anyway, they're getting Miracle Gro now.

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Better hollyhock pictures.

Better hollyhock pictures. laugh Each bloom is nearly the size of an hibiscus bloom.

That might be two plants, not one. The colors are almost the same between the two spikes, but not quite.

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My hollyhock started blooming

My hollyhock started blooming! yes Wow, that's a long wait... 15 months? I love this one, though! It's like 10 feet tall, with lots of spikes, and the blooms are a gorgeous deep antique pink. smiley The other two hollyhocks are shorter, but may start blooming within a couple weeks. These were advertised as perennial, not biennial. They're supposed to bloom next year, too.

Herbs are coming along too. These are cilantro from seeds scraped from an AG gourmet seed kit. Oregano and thyme, chives and green onions, all grew back from last year. Basil coming along, but I also have some basil indoors.

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Yeah, I love the chives'

Yeah, I love the chives' purple pom-poms in spring. smiley I just never eat many chives...

Ooh, the SunPatiens sound nice! I'll look for them. Maybe I saw them and just thought they were New Guineas.

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Very pretty! Do I see chives

Very pretty! Do I see chives there in the pink? re: new guinea. This and last year I needed an impatiens that would do well in shadey as well as sunny and the garden center recommended SunPatiens. I have them in both sun and shade and they are blooming just like the new guinea..I can't tell the difference. Ask them if they have them and you will be sold! You can save the seeds too I understand, but I missed the pods popping open lastsummer at the end. I will be at the ready this year, by golly!

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