Browsing category: My Country Gardens

Starting More Hollyhocks from Seed

Hollyhock seed can be planted in either spring or fall. In areas where the winters are severe (like here), more plants will survive if seeds are planted in the spring and the seedlings have the entire growing season to settle in.


Growing Hollyhocks the Easy Way

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) belong to the mallow family. The botanical name comes from the Latin word “altheo,” which means “to cure,” because some hollyhocks have medicinal properties. The old-fashioned hollyhocks are hardy perennials but they are short-lived.


Growing Heucheras From Seed

Growing heucheras from seeds you harvest yourself can be a very interesting project because most of the resulting seedlings will look very different from the parent plants.


Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa)

There are two types of flowering almond. The dwarf variety, Prunus glandulosa, grows to about five feet tall and has white or pink flowers that appear in mid-spring.


It’s Time For Some More Vibrant Hollyhock Colors

I have always loved hollyhocks, but for the first few years we lived here I could never get hollyhock plants to live through our harsh winters.


How Do You Suppose THAT Happened?

It began with finding a total of eleven rather small and somewhat spongy potatoes in a large bag of just purchased russets. Each was showing an impressive number of eyes and tiny sprouts. It was already July…


Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Bee balm (Monarda didyma), commonly called bergamot, is also known by the names oswego tea and horsemint.


Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Heuchera (Coral Bells) is a wonderful foliage plant that grows about eighteen inches tall. The flowers are tiny and very delicate and grow on tall spikes.


Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)

The Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) is an old-fashioned perennial that flourishes in a sunny location. The foliage is medium green, hairy, and fern-like, and the brilliant scarlet orange flowers really stand out.


Orange Day Lily (Hemerocallis fulva)

The orange day lily (Hemerocallis fulva) is an old-fashioned perennial that isn’t sold much any more. It is very long-lived… often a few clumps of these lilies are all that remain to show where an old house used to be.