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Monday, September 13, 2010

Hollyhocks, bring them into the house


Hollyhocks are so beautiful, enjoy them in the house




Important:  Before placing Hollyhocks into water,  singe end of stems over a flame for 20 seconds. 

Cut side shoots only (this method does not work with main stalks)


Have a happy Sunday, my dear blogging friends.


Gina



24 comments:

  1. Such beautiful flowers. I've only ever seen the light purple ones!

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  2. I never thought to do that. I don't have hollyhocks but lavatera is almost the same and still has some blooming so I'll give it a try!

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  3. Dear Francesca, In my garden I let them grow wherever they like. Hollyhocks reseed readily but they need light to germinate. Every year a few new colors appear. Bees do all the work for me.

    If you see them growing ask for permission to harvest a few seeds. Hollyhocks are easy.

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  4. Dear Georgianna, I don't think that Lavatera requires the same treatment. I have always just cut them and then placed them in luke-warm water. But who knows, maybe they will last much longer if treated like poppies or hollyhocks.

    Which is your favorite color? I can't decide if I prefer the pink or the pure white.

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  5. A very lovely hollyhocks arrangement... and I so love them!!!!

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  6. Hi Maria Cecilia, Hollyhocks are fabulous aren't they. One can easily dry them in sand and enjoy them for the rest of the year.

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  7. Interesting! I never knew you had to treat the ends of the hollyhocks...they are such pretty, happy flowers.

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  8. Such beautiful flowers and beautiful ceremics. And they make a very colourful mosaic.

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  9. Thanks for the tip. I am going to try some in a vase this summer. Have a wonderful week.

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  10. Love your flower collage. Thanks for the tip to singe the stems. I didn't know that. Nancy

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  11. Hi Nancy, Ingmarie, Garden of Threads and Sueskitchen, Thank you for commenting dear ladies. Remember to also singe stems of all varieties of Poppies. The larger/thinner the stem, adjust time of singing. 10 seconds for thin and longer for thicker. also remember notto use the main stalk for hollyhocks...only the smaller side shoots work.

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  12. I love Hollyhocks. They remind me of my grandmother and that's a good thing! Happy Monday!

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  13. Hi Snap, And a happy Monday to you too. Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Thanks for your suggestion on the care of flowers. I never thought of that.

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  15. Gina, the collage is gorgeous! I did not know this to do to the hollyhocks, TY for sharing.

    Have a fabulous PS weekend,
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  16. Oh my gosh those flowers are breathtaking!

    Sparkly Hugs and a Happy Pink Saturday,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

    PS- come visit- I am having a giveaway!!

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  17. Lovely post..Happy Pink Saturday...

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  18. Happy Pink Saturday Gina Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share today. I love hollyhocks, Momma always had them in her gardens when I was growing up. She even made us dolls from them on occasion.

    I did not know the part about needing to singe the end of the cut over a flame.

    Love the mosaic. You did a beautiful job of putting it together. Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  19. Happy pink saturday!

    Love the mosaic!

    xoxo

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  20. These Hollyhocks are beautiful. I'm so sad that they don't grow in my neck of the woods (San Diego). Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

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  21. Never thought to bring them indoors!

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  22. Beautiful and wonderful tip!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  23. Hi LV, Marydon, Tobi, Cottage Touch, Country Wings, Only Cute Things, Marti, Gallery and Nancy, I hope that you will try my little trick with hollyhocks. They are so beautiful and so showy.

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  24. Gorgeous mosaic!

    Thanks for joining the garden party,
    Candy

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