Last week, I noticed something interesting in my Facebook newsfeed. Ferry-Morse Seed Company was answering people’s posts on mystery plants, and the reason I even noticed (usually – unless the word “contest” or “sale” is early on in the header, I don’t pay too much attention to my commercial updates), is that the photo posted was of my very own mystery plant. Now, I had pretty much convinced myself that it was some miracle of okra seeding/reseeding/bird droppings/etc. But, when I clicked into the comments, there was the answer: Hollyhock.
Now, I’m not completely off my potting bench, but I might be close. I actually tried planting hollyhocks last year and they didn’t do very much – I assumed they died. And it’s really odd, only 2 of these have done much at all. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the blooms – and since I planted them way too close to the hot tubs, I’m looking forward to trying to start the seed elsewhere next time. Wah-wah-wahhhhh.
Seems like I remember reading that Hollyhocks are biennials. Does that mean last year and this year? Or, since this is the first year they’ve bloomed, this year and next year?
I guess this little incident is a sign that I should start using those cute little gardening markers.