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Project by GrandmaT posted 06-28-2009 09:17 PM 6663 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second summer for growing these. Stumbled onto them in a flower catalog and they looked really pretty and quite interesting. Have to say I am really pleased with how they are performing. This summer they have spread a bit and are much stronger plants; so there is no need for staking.

They get 30-32” tall and bloom for 2-3 months. Grow in full to partial sun. Perennial in zone 5.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --



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Eklectic

1824 posts in 2461 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-28-2009 09:37 PM

This is really pretty! Love the pink garden and I am not usually a fan of pink but this works for me!!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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rosewood513

420 posts in 2011 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 06-28-2009 09:51 PM

Just beautiful, I love all the lavender pinkish flowers, I hate red, don’t know why.
the rain here ruined everything.

-- If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got!...Lanoka Harbor, NJ 6b

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Bunting

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-28-2009 10:55 PM

Oh I love them. I didn’t know there were dwarfs

I must look for them. I can still plant them now and they will come next year.

Are these perennials?

-- NS Zone 5B 200 KM East of Halifax cheers Bunting------Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family.

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-28-2009 11:24 PM

these are gorgeous!
What a great find.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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dini

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hardiness zone 5

posted 06-29-2009 12:18 AM

Yours are so much farther along than the one you gave me, GramT. But it’s nice to get a preview of what mine will be in a couple of weeks, lol!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 06-29-2009 01:03 AM

Thanks …

Bunting … yes, they are perennials …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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mario1360

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-29-2009 03:19 AM

so cute…i wonder if they have doubles too?????love the light lavender colour…

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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Cynthia

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posted 06-29-2009 07:32 AM

GranT: They are cute! Why are they called Hollyhocks? What does that mean, exactly? (Will reply to your recent e-mail when I am off of work-probably tomorrow pm). Take care!

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-29-2009 12:43 PM

Nice colour, GrandmaT.

Hollyhocks are nice looking plants. These plants are self-sow and attract hummingbirds. There are two plants listed as being called hollyhock flowers. The first is the Althaea, also known as Mallow while the plant more commonly known as a Hollyhock is an Alcea. The tall showy ones are Alcea. Althaea is shorter and weedier in pale pink, white and maroon. These two are botanically kissing-cousins as both are classed as Malvaceae, Indeed Alcea comes from the Greek word ‘alkaia’ meaning “a kind of Mallow”.

Hollyhock plants have heart shaped, broad, rounded, palmate lobed leaves and numerous flowers. Flowers are pink or yellow in the wild species and placed on the erect central stem, although I have grown the Alceam with flowers that are almost black … a heavy maroon colour. It is interesting to see the differing varieties when one has cross pollination going on.

Hollyhocks are easy to grow and will flower the first year if started early indoors. They like full sun to partial shade. They will grow quickly to a height of four to five feet or more, depending upon the variety selected for the yard. Hollyhock likes rich, well drained soil. Water as needed to keep the soil moist at all times. Adding a general purpose fertilizer once a month will result in bigger, fuller blooms. Rust disease is a common problem.

Hollyhock is biennial plant but self seeds giving the appearance of a perennial. So, I always plant them for two years in a row, and then we have them forever. At my old place we them growing alternate colours in alternate years. It was neat to see people’s reactions when they came by for a walk. They would say, “Hey, I thought those were mainly dark pink, but this year they are mainly yellow”. etc.

When we were young, we used to make dancing ladies out of the flowers. Mom showed us how to take one open fllower, and attach it to an unopened bud which served as the head of the lady. Then we would float them in water. Neat memories.

At my present home, I only have a few hollyhocks in the lower garden.

Hollyhocks have tall flowers which make great backgrounds, borders, or even fences. They are stately, majestic, towering plants that add beauty wherever they are grown.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Penny

318 posts in 1996 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-29-2009 01:27 PM

Those are so pretty.

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-29-2009 01:38 PM

Love those mini hollyhocks GramT.What a nice color.Is that your white coneflower growing beside them?Sure has a lot of buds to open up this year. :-)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Dahlitsa

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posted 06-29-2009 01:49 PM

Your pic’s are just lovely. I will have to look around for that particular type of hollyhock…nice.

-- Dahlitsa

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-29-2009 03:54 PM

This is very interesting – - – - I remember your min. hollyhocks from last year, GranT. Don’t they look great this year. When I saw them last year, I thought, ‘those look just like the checker mallow I have in the garden’. But your plant looked much shorter and more under control than my mallows. Now here they are again and they look even more like my checkers. And now jroot comes along and clears up the mystery for me. Thanks jroot.

Whatever you call this plant, you have to call it pretty! Where true hollyhocks are a biannual, checkermallow is a perennial. The plants that I have in my garden have been coming back for years. And it also self-seeds, so I always have some to give away. It has a very long tap root that is also very strong and as long as you get most of the root, it transplants quite easily. The checkermallows that I have growing are about 2 ft+ tall. How does that compare with yours, GranT?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Iris43

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posted 06-29-2009 03:58 PM

BTW, I’ll bet many of us have the same memory of making ‘little ladies’ from hollyhock flowers when we were young. I wonder if kids do this nowadays?

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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 06-29-2009 08:25 PM

Thank you everyone …

Thanks jroot … when I bought these, they were listed in the catalog (and still are) as Miniature Hollyhocks. These are not biennial plants. Sooooo, after your clarification, I believe they are Mallow’s too … I also have Zebrina Mallows that come back every year,; they get quite huge and very tall. Difference besides size is my Zebrina Mallows come back “all over the place” and these Miniature Hollyhocks come back exactly in the same place as the year before … no “little miniature hollyhocks” all over the place … if that makes sense.

My “Miniature Hollyhocks” are 32 inches high. So we may indeed have the same plant Iris. Do you have a picture of your Checkered Mallows? I would love to see them so we could compare.

I have never grown true Hollyhocks, so when the catalog I ordered these from called them “Miniature Hollyhocks” ... I believed them. :-) Sooooo, I just might have to change my title to “Checkered Mallows”. I do like knowing what I am growing. This has been most interesting!!

OHHHHH, and Bon, yes those are my White Coneflowers next to the “Minature Hollyhocks or Checkered Mallows”. And they are just peppered with buds this year … can’t wait for them to open!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-30-2009 02:28 AM

GranT, my checkermallows are not quite blooming yet, but I will take a pic tomorrow to show you how similar the plants look. The nursery catalogs often call a plant by a ‘folk’ name as some may be more familiar with that name than the horticultural name, and both names are correct.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

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posted 06-30-2009 03:27 AM

I look forward to seeing your plants Iris … and thanks for the “catalog explanation”. I feel better knowing both names are correct. But it was way cool learning something new today! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Iris43

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posted 06-30-2009 04:22 PM

Here’s a pic of my plant, GranT. At least it’s the top part of the plant, the bottom is lost in the foliage of everything else.

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Not very good to try and compare. :-( When it blooms I’ll get another.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-02-2009 12:56 AM

Oh my Iris, it sure does look like my plants before they bloomed. I think we may indeed have the same plants. Be sure to post some pics once they begins to bloom … mine are blooming like crazy now.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MrsRustic

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-03-2009 01:02 AM

The ones you gave me are blooming too! They look great! Thanks!

-- Nancy K . . . If it's purple . . .

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Iris43

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posted 07-06-2009 12:56 AM

Finally, GranT, here’s the bloom of my checker mallow. Sure looks like it could be yours, doesn’t it?

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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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