Saturday, November 29, 2014

Top Ten - Floral #6

Botanical Name - Alcea
Common Name - Hollyhock

When I started planning my Floral Cutting Garden
my step-daughter Brenda asked my if 
I was thinking of planting Hollyhocks?

My answer was of course YES!
Hollyhocks are on the Top Ten List!

Hollyhocks are a old garden flower that goes back over 500 years.
Or what I am calling it Vintage!

I have always pictured Hollyhocks blooming in a traditional english garden.
Right next to the white cottage with a picket fence.

What I learned are that Hollyhocks are native to Asia as well as Europe.

On May 15th in Kyoto Japan they celebrate the Aoi Matsuri festival
 or the Hollyhock Festival.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.
I mentioned that this summer was filled with special moments.
Ed and I had the pleasure of spending 6 weeks with his Mom, Taeko.

What I cherish were sitting on the front porch and talking, 
driving Taeko to the senior center to play cards,
iced coffees and morning coffee,
picking weeds together,
visiting gardens,
 our cooking together,
and learning about her growing up in Japan.

Now, I have to ask Taeko about the Aoi Matsuri Festival.

When I plant my Vintage Hollyhocks they will have
more meaning then I could of imagined.

Be Spontaneous!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Chocolate, White and Pumpkin - Bazzill
Printed Paper: My Stash
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Hollyhocks
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - YR01,YR04,YR07,YR09,RV91, RV93,RV95,RV99,G40,G82,G85,G94,Y15
Dies: Spellbinders - Small Classic Rectangles
Embellishments:My Mind's Eye -Enamel Dots, Signo Pen - White
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Cuttlebug, Tomboy Adhesive