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Re: black hollyhocks

I guess they are pretty - your photos attest to that. But I suppose my
lack of interest in them goes back to first impressions. When I was
growing up and my family knew absolutely zip about plants, we called
hollyhocks: Alley Flowers. Alleys were the only place I ever saw them
and they were plentiful there. Consequently I never thought of them as
having much value. Older and wiser now, I can see their beauty - just no
real inclination to grow them.


-------Original Message-------
From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
Sent: 05/04/03 10:57 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] black hollyhocks

> Well Jim-- If you can't win.... then you plant shorter stuff in front of
them... so you can't see the skeleton leaves-- and the wonderful blooms
are visible :)


> the pink one is stunning, too, donna, but my experience with
> [when i lived where they would also] was that every bug in creation
> on them and they became quite tattered by summer. is that not the case
> your area? or has someone invented a bug-resistant hollyhock?

If you have weeds, you don't have enough plants.

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