Wednesday, July 13, 2016


It's Wednesday and What's On My Work Desk??  Hollyhocks!

My hollyhocks are dried out and I've harvested their seeds.  I am bringing some in to share with my coworkers and of course as an artist, I can't just bring in the seeds.  I'm working on making envelopes to put them in.  I have this beautiful stamp set from Stampin' Up that I use every time I do this. 

I used a bright pink ink since my hollyhocks are a bright pink flower.

These plants started out as seeds that a now retired coworker handed out 12 years ago!  After I harvested those seeds, I put them in an envelope because I wasn't sure what to do with them.  Later when my sister was pregnant, we handed them out as baby shower favors.  Put a tag on them saying something like "plant these and think of baby Jori".  Well, I have been thinking of my beautiful niece every year since.  She just turned 11. 

Every so often when we visit certain friends and family members, they will say, "hey see those flowers, they are Jori's."  It's pretty cool and I know my sister and niece love it.  The great thing about hollyhocks is they bloom year after year because they re-seed.  You don't even need a green thumb to keep these growing back.

If you'd like an envelope of seeds, make sure to comment and send me an email address so I can contact you later for a mailing address.  I'd love to brighten your garden!

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  1. Dorlene, I love hollyhocks! And what a brilliant and sweet idea for you to bring those colleagues of yours some of that loveliness for their own yards! What a wonderful friend! I love those stamps that use are using to do the envelopes, so cute! I know they will enjoy! Happy Wednesday to you! Blessings, Felicia #41

  2. Beautiful! Great idea to give seeds as party favours.

    Sheila #45

  3. That's a beautiful idea. I love it! I'd love to have some seeds and plant them in my garden

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #34
    Ipswich2 at

  4. Hi Dorlene, what a beautiful story! I love the idea of using plants to commemorate special events. Above all else, it means you don't have to dust another ornament, lol, as me & my Mum joke to each other! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6 xxx

  5. OH how wonderful! My hollyhocks have just sprouted - No Really, they are about 4 inches tall right now so I would LOVE some of your seeds for my New-to-Me garden for next year. (we moved into this home in January and I am just getting to know the garden!) You can e-mail me at scrapbooklynne(at)hotmail(dot)com... Scrapbooking Artist Lynne Mizera WOYWW #42

  6. Gorgeous stamp, really like that. Happy crafty woyww, Angela x 23

  7. What a wonderful tradition! I would love some, but i don't have a green thumb! But, my hubby does! :) my email is foxygrandma23(at)yahoo(dot)com...Thank you for your earlier visit and your very kind comment! #48

  8. What a lovely idea, and the Hollyhocks stamp set you used is beautiful. Have a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by my desk,
    Diana #19

  9. I LOVE hollyhocks but have never been able to grow them - they really don't like the soil in my garden. They are one of my favourite old fashioned plants and how wonderful that you've kept them going all these years...that really makes me smile!
    Hugs, LLJ xxx

  10. I love that story! It should be in a gardening magazine or something, so special. Thanks for visiting me. Sandy Leigh #44

  11. what an awesome post…yes please I would love some hollyhock seeds!!! and some tips in how to grow them. I planted them faithfully for several years but they never grew tall and they never reseeded. I don't know what I did wrong. I love gardening both flowers and veggies! Thanks for stopping by my desk and leaving a comment. I am glad you enjoy the CTMH kits too! Vickie #46

  12. I love hollyhocks... we used to call them Faerie skirts. I have seeds in the freezer. I wonder if they're still good. Will have to try them next spring. Thanks for stopping by this week. Creative Blessings! Kelly #33

  13. My favorite flower!!! I live in an old town and lots of medieval houses have these in front of the house, growing against the old walls... it is so beautiful to walk into the old centre these days! I live in an apartment but as soon as I can move into a house, I will plant hollyhocks! (We call it "stick roses"...) How fun that you planted these for your niece... lovely story! Thanks for your visit to my desk last week, I'm still catching up on my back-visits... so happy Sunday to you! Love from holland, Marit #26

  14. The hollyhocks look so cute!!!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #18

  15. Hi I am finally making it around to see some desks before a new week starts again. Cute idea. I just saw the finish. Thanks for stopping by. Peg 43


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