Despite all odds


It started as a tiny little seed..it took weeks and weeks to grow into a little seedling….when the timing was right it was transplanted.. well it was an attempt at transplanting as the whole tray of Hollyhocks  I flipped upside down on the verandah.. cursing the whole time.

Then with the remaining seedlings it was popped in the garden…they struggled.. locusts gnawed some…then the cats dug others up…slowly the amount of seedlings dwindled…they sort of did okay..then the dogs jumped on some….more went to the big garden in the sky and more cursing…the ones left picked up a bit….the snails moved in…chewing them to nubs….I really lost all hope at this point…but a few kept on going…I tried the beer traps…the snail came they drank they came back for more…grrrrrr…then the cats dug them again and the dogs…yes jumped on them…then the heat started….well that was the death knell for some more…I was so beside myself..all I wanted was to have some colour…something that contrasted with the green and grey …but a couple still kept going…I talked to them…watered them and yes they got nibbled by snails  but seemed to fight for life…the heat kept up and in  fierce way….our water bill..which arrived yesterday showed the amount of water we have used trying to save our garden and grass.. over 400 dollars…it is a lot …the fact is our plants trees and grass have cost way more to establish and to let it die would be more expensive..water tanks are on the long long list of must gets…thing is we have had no rain anyway..

So it seemed that in one week all of a sudden I had this stunning flower…at six feet tall it is a standout…it has held firm…it even has some friends that seem to be catching up with it…I have been telling it what a stunner it is.. and every day I have been blessed with more buds opening…I hope I really hope it sticks around..i know it’s a cottage garden plant and I know I live in a rural area in Australia ..but my love of English cottage gardens is strong and I so need colour to break up the bush tones all around me..i present to you my Hollyhock….the toughest little flower in rural Victoria that  know of.

Yes Forrest one you missed!

Yes Forrest one you missed!

 

 

66 thoughts on “Despite all odds

  1. my mom loves gardening she especially loves hollyhocks .. I am glad she knows that the small things we do grow into beautiful things. like me being a therapy dog

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  2. bev…this flower is awesome with a capitol B for beautiful…..she is bound and determined to make your garden something to be proud of even after all it’s suffered this year….and a 400 $$ water bill….I would faint….then the water bill would be 410 as they threw water on me to regain conscious !!! xxxxxxxxx koala’s to you 🙂 laura

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    • Hahahaahahah I know it was a whopper…it’s a catch 22 though..we have spent so much on the garden and the grass area for the doggies and cats cost a heap to get started due to the ground..so we knew it would be big but….mannnnn…we had rain yesterday..not 400 bux worth …but still one day off watering woo hoo!! hugs to you too Bev xxx

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  3. wow, that is 1 well loved beautiful hollyhock. I know exactly what you mean about yearning for colour in the bush. I planted poincianas and poinsettias and frangipanis and bucketted them all by hand and tried usually unsuccessfully to keep all the critters off them, while waiting for them to flower and finally in the end resorted to scouring the local tip shop for loads of bright cast off paints and rustic furniture and painting them crazy colours and putting them through the garden with plants placed on them. Old wheelbarrows are fun to use. I also paint totem poles and make wacky sculptures.
    That way I get to see colour, and the critters get the plants.

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    • Sounds great! you do get sad when the hard work turns to crud! I am nothing if not determined!! I have old ladders and hessian coffebean bags in the garden..i am trying to get too many things done in too many areas ….a real pill…time I could spend in the garden needs to be spent on the land..i go from one to the other..sheesh…and even natives have struggled this year..i had some doing well but when I drove out the driveway yesterday I noticed the roos have gnawed them down……

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      • Tell me about it! I worked soooo hard to get a collection of pineapple tops. planted out more than a 100. They take forever, like more than a couple of years to finally produce. I fertilised them, bucketted water by hand in 2 droughts, thought the critters would leave them alone as they are very prickly and in difficult places, and I was getting a cute crop of baby pineapples, half size only finally coming along, and they all got eaten.
        I keep telling the critters around here lucky for them they are cute. Otherwise they would be in Big! trouble.

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        • Oh no…..I know how time consuming and hard to grow they are…why I never even contemplated Avocdos either.. and yes the rabbits got in for awhile but I think they thought better of it..cute but the damn underpinning on the gumtrees here is terrible..still an ongoing battle…trying to find safe ways to protect plant and critter…..the gardeners nightmare!!!

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  4. It’s wonderful! I love hollyhocks. I planted 6 different pieces and deorated it with an ole painted milk churn and other “antiques”, sadly the hollyhocks disappeared ( pup said: wasn’t me) I will try it this year again, that’s easier than to remove all the stuff I placed in my back yard :o)

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    • Oh do plant them again! if mine can survive all the traumas here I am sure one pup (who is of course innocent bwahhaha ) can’t kill them all! and yes easier to add than subtract!!

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  5. Stunning Hollyhock!! There is a lesson in this story Bev. We must persist & have faith & never give up….
    Thank you for sharing hollyhock’s story with us.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

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    • So welcome Sherri-Ellen …it’s a wonderful thing to see in the morning while everything else struggles…beauty can be strong…there is no doubt about it !
      Sending love and Hollyhock strength you way Bev xxxx

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    • I am so glad the rear end backfire has stopped…poor baby 🙂 I am glad she is resting and as long as you try and catch up while she is calm might be a good idea..says me Hahahaha! and yes Beauty can be strong..look at sunsets and the ocean….Loves Bev xxxxx

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  6. Oh me too Bev!!! Funny thing: when she poops at the Vet’s Dr. Dave can wash her in the wash basin & she does not fight or squirm. When she has poops here & I just try to take a washcloth to her backside she trots aroudn the bathroom trying to get away from me! What a DIVA! 😉
    She is still resting comfortably & I have read 5 blogs and got alot of comments caught up on….it is like doing stuff while the ‘baby’ is down for a nap, hahahahaa!!!!
    Luv ya, S-E. xo

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    • Hahahaahah indeed it is! of course he behaves for Dr Dave…they always do! I remember the squirming foster babies…when I had to play mum to the bottle’o bubs…wiping their bots so they would go to the toilet…then wiping them when they had….sometimes five or six lined up for it hahahah binus was they were so tiny they were easy to manage! Loves Bev xxx

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  7. I think 6 or 7 kits would be easier than a 9-10 lb growling mini cougar!!! LOL….Nylalbue can be such a clown….
    At elast the diarrhea has stopped…talk about too much of a good thing!!!! 😉

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    • Just a temp problem…have been a little stressed and I think my tummy says whoa woman slow down…;0 I am off to get some craft stuff to fancy up a folding display board for the State Fair..then finish sewing, and make some apple pie trials.. I have the photo sorted for CWA blog addy cards to give out..and Phil is going to print them out for me.he is at the airport flying out to QLD for work..so he wll be back on Wednesday night…my Brother-in-law and my little niece are flying out to Tulsa today also..so a lot of my loved peeps are flying and I am grounded 🙂 xxxx

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  8. Do you have IBS asscoiated with thte Fibro?? It can be a real pain in the *bleep*….hahaha!!
    LOL you are grounded & if you keep going at this breakneck pace you might be chained to the ‘tawlet’ as Nylablue calls it, LOL….
    Safe trip to Phil & your Bro-In-Law & niece & go get the shoping done, hahahahahahahaha!!!
    Love you Sweets xoxo

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