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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Marvelous Malva

Our amazing gardening neighbor gave us some malva starts a number of years ago.  In particular, one called 'lilac passion."  It has made itself at home at the base of the hawthorn tree.  It is perennial with amazing tap roots that keep it looking good even when we get hot and dry during the summer.


It does self seed a bit.  I pull them out when they settle in the vegetable garden, but with flowers like these, I try to leave them whenever I can.


8 comments:

  1. Jealous, jealous, jealous here!! Mine disappeared...

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  2. My wonderful garden friend Naomi just gave me some of these. She absolutely loves them! I was afraid the three she gave me would not make it but two are blooming their hearts out. It is a very nice plant!

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  3. My parents had these growing at one of their homes and they were always so pretty and virtually indestructible! Love your pictures.

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  4. Mine have been blooming nicely too! I think they are so cute!! Hope you are only getting nice rain and not nasty thunderstorms this morning. .noticed your big red spot on the radar!!

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  5. Stopping by from A Diva's Garden. Beautiful flower, I'll have to see if I can locate one.

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  6. I love the showiness of the striped malva bloom. It surprised me when I planted one... this plant turned out to be a real eye catcher! It caught the eye of the deer too, they ate mine, but it keeps coming back. I love it.

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  7. Yours is lovely. I had one. I didn't know it was a perennial. I yanked it out last fall. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
    I did grow some seedlings though.
    Let's see if I'm any smarter this fall............
    :)

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  8. Gorgeous flower. I would love to add it to my gardens.

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