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Hollyhocks, or the joy of pilfering seeds

Hollyhocks 'Thief'

Stealing an entire plant is wrong, wrong, wrong. However, a seed pod in a parking strip is fair game. That’s how I obtained hollyhock seeds from the corner of 16th and San Carlos Street. At six feet high, my three hollyhocks show no sign of slowing down. Their parent plants have already bloomed and look in really sorry shjape. Mine have leaves the size of platters. Mine also have the advantage of partial shade and excellent soil (thank you sheet mulch). They are rust magnets. Neem oil helps. I see lots of pea sized buds along the stems. Unless the evening wind snaps a stalk, we should have a lovely show in a few weeks.

Hollyhocks 'Thief'
Hollyhocks ‘Thief’
Parent Hollyhock in Parking Strip. See how stressed they look!
Parent Hollyhock in Parking Strip. See how stressed they look!
Parent Hollyhock Blossoms
Even stressed, Parent Hollyhocks put on a good show.