On record keeping, part 2

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My lack of garden note-taking sometimes rankles. These are some of the hollyhocks that are blooming now. I planted them from seed LAST year, and it is this year that they bloom: they’re true biennials. Did I remember that they are doubles? NO. I saw the first one bloom and I kind of cringed, “doubles, drat.” Then the second flower came out and you know what? They’re rather pretty. And when they fall, it’s like a milliner’s store-worth of Easter bonnets on the ground. Not bad.

6 responses to “On record keeping, part 2

  1. The County Clerk

    Gorgeous. Take another look through fresh eyes: GORGEOUS!

    I LIKE the doubles. I also like the singles. I like hollyhocks.

    And there is no amount of “enough” in garden note taking. I am CONTINUALLY surprised by things that are not (or should not be) surprising.

    Beautiful photos.

  2. They are gorgeous. And they make very fancy little skirt for gardeny type dolls for a certain little girl to play with.

  3. Lovely photos.
    I like the doubles.

  4. {And when they fall, it’s like a milliner’s store-worth of Easter bonnets on the ground.}

    Nice bit of imagery there, El! Great hollyhocks.

  5. Marie (FKA Piana Nanna)

    I love the doubles, I think there’s something special about them. I need to make a note to myself to plant some seeds. Can I wait for two years though? I think not.

  6. I guess I am just a purist at heart. Doubles in something simple like hollyhocks smacks of “lots of messing” to me.

    Hank, I know I am not alone with the surprises. It’s a good thing.

    M, great idea! Too bad she doesn’t much care for dolls.

    Tami, thanks!

    Lostroses, aw, shucks. I was grasping there.

    Marie, sometimes I have had to wait three seasons for them to bloom. Not that I mind at all.

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