Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 14 December 2019

I turned my back for a moment

And look what happened in the garden. Those tall Hollyhocks have bloomed
The most delicate white with a palest green centre in each petal, then the contrast as the deepest burgundy red showed its glory.



Nature shows the glorious shades, so beautiful.

These started off as tiny plants about 4 inches high, I had doubts that they would grow. Look at them now.

Inside  , a little more painting has been done, the long arm quilting frame is dusted off and ready for the electrician to come and tackle the handle wiring. I am excited to think I might actually get to try and use it soon.

Quotation of the day, from Charles  Stanley

" Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on what we're waiting for"

Greetings from Jean






13 comments:

The Gardens of Glenmary said...

Gorgeous red. Can’t wait for Spring here. Carol

Julie Fukuda said...

In my childhood home, the driveway was lined with hollyhocks. I missed them greatly when I first came to Tokyo but recently someone has begun planting them along the edge of the fence along the train tracks. Yours are just lovely.

Carol R. said...

I remember as a little girl of 5 or 6 years old, grandma having hollyhocks growing at the back of her and grandpa's house. Occasionally, she would give me a straight pin and then allow me to pick a hollyhock bud and a bloom so that I could run the pin through the bud and then the bloom to make a dancing lady. I loved making them. Unfortunately, I did not inherit grandma's green thumb and I've never been able to grow my own hollyhocks.

Out To Pasture said...

Beautiful hollyhocks, Jean! I think they are my favourite. Glad your electrical work is progressing nicely.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love your hollyhocks!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The Hollyhocks are beautiful. I love the pretty bit of green in the center. The quote is so true, thanks for sharing the beauty!

Have a great day and a happy new week!

Kate said...

Hollyhocks are do delightful. They are such hardy flowers, withstanding heat and drought and still looking gorgeous.

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh I am Spring dreaming of flowers in all colors and shapes. I love this red. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Susan Heather said...

Love those Hollyhocks. I planted some a year or so back but they didn't do very well. Might try again next year.

KB said...

You definitely have a talent for growing gorgeous flowers! I'm glad that they're delighting you. They're delighting me too!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Jean! Hollyhocks are a longtime favorite of mine, but I never plant them. You've reminded me that I should!

I hope all is well in your corner of the world - THANK YOU for your always kind, thoughtful and supportive comments both on my blog and on Facebook. I so treasure our blogging-friendship! Take care, and enjoy your holidays!!

Jenn Jilks said...

I am so happy to enjoy yours... I have failed with hollyhocks in all of the places I've lived!

The Furry Gnome said...

You have sure jumped into the gardening fast! Looks great!