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Comment by Randall Smith on August 4, 2017 at 7:11am

"Robustitude". Great word, Bertold! Nice photo, too. I've sprayed epsom salts twice, but haven't seen any visible "uptick".

Joan, good luck in gathering seeds. Hope your foot/ankle improves.

Daniel, do I have to remind you to take it a little easier? This gardening and yard work is suppose to be fun, not hard work. After all, will it really matter 20 years from now?

Thomas, "ouch" with the bee stings. I've been zapped twice this spring with wasps. I'm impressed you push mow. How long does it take?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 11:23pm

Kathy, as I mentioned earlier, this hollyhock is a biennial that's morphed into a perennial. Also, a hat tip to Daniel because I tried his epsom salts tip on various plants, and unless it's my imagination I think there's a noticeable uptick in robustitude.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 3, 2017 at 11:15pm
Joan, there are some drying under the carport now. They came ( through a friend) from the original plant that mine started from. When Traitor dug it out it was late fall and the blooms were long gone.

Bertold I've never seen such a leafy hollyhock. Here they spike a lot of very long blooms but the plants are much thinner with the leaves near the bottom.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2017 at 11:01pm

Bertold, your Hollyhocks show off beautifully against your home and shrubs. A nice match. Yes, my grandmother had them too, on the west side of the chicken coop in the alley. I should go back to that house and see if they are still growing there; if so, I will ask the owner for some seeds. They may not be from her plants, but, close enough. 

Kathy, did you save the seeds from your hollyhocks? They are very easy to grow from seed. 

I plan to go to my home in Spokane and gather seeds to try to grow here at L&L Acres and to send to anyone who wants what I harvest. I will let you know what I can gather. I won't be doing much digging of plants with my foot and ankle still giving me lots of pain. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 10:37pm

We had some black hollyhocks once, and they led to endless joking because of the blooms' uncanny resemblance to a certain part of our black cat's anatomy when her tail was up, nudge nudge wink wink.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 3, 2017 at 9:12pm
Thomas, I'm one of the few who hasn't had a bee attack but I don't do the mowing. Spiders are my foe. I've had two that became so swollen with infection they had to be lanced and packed. Disgusting​business.

Bertold, the hollyhocks are wonderful. I had some black ones that were striking but my Rottweiler dug it out going after a mole. He got the mole but killed the hollyhocks : (
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 3, 2017 at 3:57pm

....BTW... I use a push gas lawn mower for the 1 1/2 acre lawn. Part of exercising and walking is good....

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 3, 2017 at 3:53pm

Procrastination .... my greatest foe!

Four days ago while mowing the side lawn something zapped me at my ankle...and then again on my fore arm and three more times inside my shorts inner thigh. It took about 5 seconds for the pains to radiate out and realized I am being attacked by bees.

 I found the nesting site I mowed over and there is one large hole where bees come and go. But this is confusing because ground bees are said to be solitary.


 However, I eventually found two other holes where bees enter. Still the large hole acts as the main entryway.

Normally I would let them be because these are beneficial as pollinators, but they will expand and they are in direct path of walkway. So I put a tarp over them for a couple of days. They are gone now.

  So, I had swollen left foot for two days.. My arm and inner thigh healed quickly but seem my foot got the worst of the sting. Took some antihistamine and sat for two days.

  All part of being outside gardener. Never met anyone who didn't have a story to tell about being smitten by bees and wasps.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 2:59pm

Hollyhocks always remind me of my granny.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 1, 2017 at 7:18am

Joan, thanks so much for the info. I'll pass it on to my friend


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