Jul 20, 2011 | 6:27 PM PST
Last week, I told you about a bouquet of Zulu daisies I received. I learned my gift lasts 10 weeks, so I'll be receiving surprise bouquets every Tuesday. This week, I received sunflowers, and they were so big that I didn't have a vase in which they would fit, so I used a 5-gallon bucket until I could figure out what exactly to do!
Two years ago, I spread two packets of hollyhock seeds near the edge of my house. Being the naive gardener that I was, I thought they didn't take because nothing became of them until the following summer.
Lo and behold, they started sprouting this spring (as I subsequently found out they would be), and the first one to sprout has grown 10 ft. tall (okay, 9 ft. 11 in.!)
I save my packets, and one says the seeds inside will grow 5 to 6 ft. tall. The other packet says they will grow 5 to 8 ft. tall. I guess this is the one from the latter packet!
Yesterday I talked my husband into going to a local, out-of-the-way nursery just to look. I told him that we had only one rule--we couldn't buy anything!
We walked through the annuals, and almost bought a small, mango-colored flower (can't remember the name now).
So, when we were approached by an employee in the perennials, I felt confident. When she introduced us to the minty smelling hyssops, and then suggested an orange sherbert color combined with a red one, my husband caved and bought five of them for me (3 orange, 2 red).
We placed them near our hummingbird feeders, and we're hoping to see more hummingbirds because of it. What's even better is that they are perennials!
Although I have no Zulu daisies planted in my garden, I have already shopped for seeds to grow next spring!
One of the parent's of a star student of mine gave me the gift of a weekly bouquet for the summer. Check out these scrumptious flowers! They close at night and open during the day; the are vibrant and alive!