Monday, October 04, 2010

Ruby Tuesday


For Ruby Tuesday today I have two hollyhocks. The one at bottom is what I expect when I hear the word "hollyhock." The RED one below is one I've never seen before.


The hollyhocks make up about 60 species offlowering plants in the genus Alcea (Ál-ce-a) in the mallow family Malvaceae, native to southwest and central Asia. They are biennial or short-lived perennial plants growing to 3.5 m tall, with broad, rounded, palmately lobed leaves and numerous flowers, pink or yellow in the wild species, on the erect central stem.

The Red Hollyhock was the last one of the season at Queens Botanical Garden.



58 comments:

☺lani☺ said...

Nice flowers! Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Rimkogeren said...

Exiciting photos - Happy Ruby Tuesday :-)

Lesa said...

what pretty flowers-- Happy RT!

Life Ramblings said...

those are glorious blooms Mary. Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Robin said...

Very pretty. We see a lot of hollyhocks here too.

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chubskulit said...

I so love that first one Mary!

WINDOWLAD said...

...lovely... very lovely...^^

Felisol said...

Do flowers have a kind of soul?
My guess is yes.
They've got individuality, beauty and radiation like Hollywood Stars.
Just take a look at the two beauties presented today.
Third cousins competing for attention.
The second won my prize.
She also posses depth and inner beauty.

Anki said...

Beautiful flower, the Hibiscus is similar, I think

EG Wow said...

The blossoms are so pretty and to think they are blooming so well now!

Vernz said...

This is so pretty.. so big... happy Tuesday!

Carletta said...

As cool and overcast as it is here today it's nice to see some pretty blooms!

Leora said...

Oh, I so love hollyhocks. Maybe one day I will grow some.

Auntie E said...

I have always loved them. great shots.

Liza said...

Gorgeous! They are very similar to hibiscus.

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful flowers!

Maria @ LSS said...

They are so pretty.

Happy RT!

Tink *~*~* said...

The red one is GORGEOUS. I've never seen a solid colored hollyhock either.

Happy Tuesday!

Tink *~*~*

Thom said...

Gorgeous these are. They sort of look like a Hibiscus if you ask me. Very pretty :)

Francisca said...

What vivid flowers, Mary! Thanks again for hosting!

Greyscale Territory said...

Both photos are so lovely! Gorgeous colours!

Lui said...

Oh, so that's the other name for it! We call it Gumamela or Hibiscus.

ascu75 aka Don said...

That sure is RED my hollyhocks were sort of a cream colour and about seven feet tall.

boliyou said...

Cool effect Mary!

Dianne said...

I love the shadows inside the flower!!
the flower itself has such an incredible texture - as if it's made of tissue paper

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Love the solid red - save the seed!

TheCunningRunt said...

Stunning colors for season's end, Mary.

My housemates grew some black hollyhocks last year which were AMAZING to see!

eileeninmd said...

Mary, gorgeous hollyhock bloom.
Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Karen of 3G2S said...

Thank you for the photos and the mini science lesson! :D

Mimi said...

They are both beautiful, Mary.
I don't see hollyhocks here in Ireland - must be too cold.

eden said...

Such great captures, Mary. Love your beautiful photos.

Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Pagan Sphinx said...

They look like a high quality artificial flower. Nicely done!

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Junneth said...

Wow gorgeous flower! I want to plant that flower with red hue on the center! Have a wonderful Ruby day Mary! Mine is posted 75, My blue helmet matches our red motorcycle!

BJ Roan said...

Beautiful! Happy Tuesday!

wenn said...

join this for the first time. thanks for this wonderful meme.

nuts said...

oh, I am not really familiar with any flowe but I love your pretty flowers here. Pretty!

bj said...

Thanks, Mary...:)

anne said...

Same here I posted some beautiful flowers.

genny said...

hi, flowers for me too. have a happy day everyone!

Raven said...

Beautiful flowers. I love the world hollyhock. Don't know why - guess it makes me smile for some reason.

at the cottage said...

The red hollyhock is so pretty,. I love hollyhocks.
Thank you for hosting this wonderful meme :)

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Gattina said...

Nice to see flowers when it is all grey outside.
Love your new header it is really nice !

Linnea said...

I'll take both! Gorgeous! Happy RT.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Wow, they almost look like hibiscus blossoms. Lovely.

Kero said...

pretty, pretty! I've never seen anything like them =)

Happy Tuesday!

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Paz said...

Lovely colored flowers!

Paz

Junneth said...

Gorgeous flowers! Nice Ruby Tuesday Mary.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

So, so beautiful Mary!!!

[and you know what I'm gonna say next, I bet-------LOVE YOUR HALLOWEEN HEADER]

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I've never seen a hollyhock with such deep and rich red coloring! Just gorgeous!
HAPPY RUBY DAY!
Coralie

Sandy from the Heart of Texas said...

Beautiful flowers! My Ruby Tuesday today is red I found at the Peanut Festival parade!

Stephanie V said...

Funny, our concept of hollyhock is exactly reversed. The top one is our red. The bottom pink is a gorgeous variation. The birds could wing some seeds to me any time!

Misty Dawn said...

Ohhhhh They are both so pretty! I'm going to have to plant some of those!

mapeh homepage said...

Happy tuesday. nice to be here...

Joanna said...

The hollyhock colours are so dramatic. I love the red ones, in fact I'm doing a watercolor painting of some right now.

Jew Wishes said...

What gorgeous beauties, displaying their showy blouses.

lina@women's perspectives said...

Lovely blooms :)

Barbara Jean said...

New he! Thanks for hosting!

blessings
barbara jean

Terry said...

better late then never, eh dear teach??!
i am just so tired but the sight of those two hollyhocks of yours have revived me..i have always loved them!...happy ruby tuesday..love terry