Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

yellow hollyhocks

for the first year, i have large blooming hollyhocks in my garden.  although these magnificent flowers have been part of my gardening planting for three years, this is the first year for successful large blooms.  i planted these flowers by seed and have patiently waited each year for blooms.

as the plant first develops, the large leaves seem to attract every neighbor bunny, so much so, that for the past three years, the leaves have been eaten to the ground at various stages.  this year was different.  the hollyhocks were protected by thick green wired cages as they first emerged from the soil.  i have been amazed as they had more than three barriers in my yard this year from the bunnies, and have grown into splendid tall stalks of yellow blooms. they have certainly been worth the wait.

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