Thursday, June 30, 2011

sharing my garden

Hello everyone, and happy gardening! This morning while dropping by a favorite blog I saw this ~ "Cottage Flora Thursday’s", I have never participated in one of these so I hope I do it correctly. I love sharing my gardens and flowers and thought this might be a fun way to meet some new friends and of course show off my flowers to all of you who have loyally followed me for so long.We have some beautiful old Holly Hocks in my family, they are in the gardens of my mother and sisters as well. Many years ago my sister Pam persuaded her husband to stop along side a country road where the Holly Hocks grew wild so she could grab some seeds. She shared those seeds with the rest of us and we have had these flowers for many years, and in just about every color! They reseed themselves every year and seem to come up right where they are not suppose to, but they seem very happy, even in the middle of the lawns and driveway!
Sunflowers of all types are one of my favorites, I love the tall grand ones, these are last years show, they have not reached this point yet, but they are on their way. Here in Northern California, they grow Sunflowers for the seeds and if you are lucky enough to pass by one of the fields when in bloom, it is breath taking! I love to watch as they turn with the sun.
Black eyed Susans have taken over! My sister gave me a small clump from her garden about five years ago, this Fall I will have to share some of mine. They have grown and grown and now are taking over an entire flower bed. I love the way they dance in the breeze and give a big burst of color during our warm (hot) season.
We have a lot of visitors to our garden, we are organic so many critters live amongst our plants, even a few unwanted ones but we seem to all manage together. My mother always used to say "you just have to plant enough for you and them too". We have birds, squirrels, lizards, snakes, bugs, butterflies, bugs, bees, bugs... well you get the idea.
Tiger Lily, we have many Lillies blooming right now, I had a beautiful Whites Lilly bloom a few weeks ago and now my bright yellow Day Lillies are blooming. Funny thing about them. When I purchased them they were suppose to be white... and the first year they bloomed they were a beautiful bright white, I loved them! Then every year since then they have been bright yellow!... and yes I planted them in my "white garden"! Nature is fun and I love my gardens, my plants give me joy and beauty and what more could we ask for ~ with my hands in the dirt ~ Jacque


creekside rummager said...

The hollyhocks are so beautiful, of course, all of your garden is beautiful. I was amazed the other day seeing your vegie garden and remembering you had planted late, but things were already to big. I guess that's the result in a happy garden.


Beautiful pictures!


Larry said...

That's beautiful color on your hollyhock... I have a major rust problem with mine this year for the first time... not certain why... L

atelier de campagne said...

Those holly hocks are amazing. We just left Ile de Re today and it is the place for holly hocks! Did you happen to read the posting on Ile de Re last year? I am posting about it tonight again.

Thanks for your kind words on my blogging. You are on the folks who inspired me to do it.



Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Welcome to the party, I am so glad you decided to join and came by my garden to visit this week.

I am so jealous of your hollyhocks...I planted 2 this year but they did nothing...actually one was a complete no show and the other put up 2 leaves and was done *shrugs*

Maybe I should just try scattering some seed and see what happens lol

Blessings Kelsie

Karen said...

Your Hollyhocks are stunning! Do they ever get rust?
And did you know you can turn those giant sunflowers into baskets?
I am hoping to do a post tutorial on this project, but I have already started to explain how to dry them on a post called drying flowers if your interested lovely post
First time to your site from Fishtail cottage

Jacque Ferreira said...

Thanks everyone, and yes the Holly Hocks do get rust. I have a pure white one right now that is suffering. I remove the damaged leaves and let them be... sometimes I end up with just a stalk with blooms and no leaves Ha!. This year really hasn't been bad considering all the late rain we have had. What I think is interesting is they seem to bloom at different times depending on their color. First was red, now white and the pinks will be next!

Pattie T. said...

I am so envious of your heritage hollyhock seeds. I have long wanted hollyhocks, but up until recently couldn't grow them because we had a yard of nothing but shade. A tornado changed all of that this past April, so once clean-up is complete, I plan to grow a wall of them.

Jacque Ferreira said...

Patti if you would like me to send you some Holly Hock seeds e-mail me at with your mailing address and I will send you a little package :) Or anyone else that loves to plant!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would love to grow hollyhocks. Yours are so pretty! I am visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday.

Boho Farm and Home said...

Everything looks just beautiful!
I love the deep color of those hollyhocks. I am following you now and can't wait to see more!

.............................. said...

Hi Jacque, It is so very nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have added a few hollyhocks this year. They have not bloomed yet, but I remain hopeful. They are somewhat crowded by black-eyed susan!
P.S. I love the white rhododendrons in an earlier post. So beautiful!!

beboldgogreen said...

Very lovely flowers you have..That makes a beautiful day!

Fishtail Cottage said...

What a beautiful landscape you shared - love the hollyhock! Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! xoxo, tracie

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

I love your creative and organic gardening. The butterfly is so pretty. I like all the visitors except the snake. That one I can do without:) I'm happy to become your new follower! Happy July 4th!

Anna said...

Your hollyhocks are lovely - such gorgeous color! When I gardened in MT, I use to have lots of these beauties :)


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