Monday, September 6, 2010

New Dark Red Flowers!

Two new dark red flowers in the garden today:

I don't know what the name of this hollyhock is. The only thing I can think of that might be close is the double scarlet from Germania, but I think of 'scarlet' as being a lot lighter and brighter than this. It's beautiful, and I hope it has time to set and ripen seeds before winter hits, because I really want to keep this one around. I don't know how much cross pollination has taken place, but there aren't any other hollyhocks on this side of the house.

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'. It's been around a few years now, but the seeds have always been too expensive for me. I sprang for a few this spring, and they are just as gorgeous as the catalogs make them out to be - so often not the case! Hopefully they'll make seeds I can capture before the birds get them, and hopefully they haven't crossed with the other kinds of rudbeckia I've got going around the house.


  1. The first flower looks like it came from another planet. Hahaha. I need to get out of the house more.

  2. What's funny is that, while it looks so exotic, it's nothing more than a black-eyed Susan in a new color; a wild flower in fancy dress!