Today is Earth Day. And I thought I should share with you on this special day my love for hollihocks... In French, we call them "Roses Trémières", my grandmother used to call them "Passeroses". They are beautiful, tall, majestous, breathtaking, colorful, delicate yet bold. They are stunning. They are the queens of my garden... People stop by on the road when they are in season and look at the army of hollyhocks that grow everywhere around our house. They are easy to grow if you do not fuss too much about them. They are independant and will decide where they like to grow best. They are THE flowers everyone should have the pleasure to marvel at yearly... Since they give me tons of seeds each year, I have made a pledge in 2008 to throw a handful of hollyhock seeds where ever I go, on the highway while driving in my car, in Montreal in front of sad and diry houses, in fields, in secret little nooks and crannies, at school, at the grocery... I took some to Mexico a few weeks ago and scattered them in a little Mayan village that had no flowers at all to perk it up. Took some with me in Maine last summer, gave some to a friend who travelled to France at the end of the winter and to another one who is going to Alaska. EVERYWHERE I GO I will drop seeds of hollyhocks until I have no more... And hopefully, this year or the next one, when I see my favorite flower lady in an unusual place, I will know that it comes from my little corner of earth. And if I am lucky, each flower will bear seeds that will grow tons of hollyhocks everywhere, even maybe fields of them... If you leave a comment on my blog (whether you live in Canada, the US or anywhere else around the world) to let me know you love hollyhocks too, I will be more than happy to send you a little packet of seeds for free. This way, you will have part of my garden in your part of the world... HAPPY DAY, DESPITE EVERYTHING, MISS EARTH !!!