Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hollyhock II, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Hollyhocks are a versatile plant. They can be grown from zone 2 to 10 (Edmonton is usually considered a zone 3), so you can see them growing over most of Canada. Their strong tall stocks rarely need staking which makes them a good choice for the back of a garden, along a fence or against a building. If you remember to deadhead them (take off the spent blooms) they will continue to flower till the end of the season, but leave a few flowers to turn into the fun button shaped seed pods (I did not paint any of these seed pods in the 2 paintings, but will in the next one) so that you will have some plants the next year. Although hollyhocks self seed and tolerate pretty much any soil conditions, and weather (they especially like the heat) they maybe sporadic visitors to your garden. So don't be surprised if they show up every 2 years or so... be patient, because unless you have dug up the seeds, they should pop up sooner or later.

10x8 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

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