Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blooming Friday -- Seashore Mallow


 


Seashore Mallow are currently in bloom all over the garden. They have a long bloom time, extended by the white form that often blooms in September, and are easy to grow from seed.




Seashore Mallow likes rich soil and sun and prefers a lot of moisture in order to perform its best, as it's native to coastal swamps and brackish marshes. When happy it can grow to over 5' in height, 4-5' in width and flowers for 3-4 weeks.




The leaves are fuzzy and a silvery green when covered with dew. Unlike the Hibiscus species (with the exception of Pineland Hibiscus), they suffer little to no Japanese Beetle damage.



But bees love em!
 






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Thank you to Katarina for hosting Blooming Friday.


29 comments:

  1. This is really pretty. It must be past my bedtime. I kept wondering why is it called "seahorse" and then I saw that I was reading it incorrectly. LOL

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  2. Thank you for your comments on my blogg.
    My englisch are not so good, but I will try.
    Have a nice day
    Annika

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  3. What a lovely lovely blossom Sweet bay! Your portraits are stunning. Gee I wonder if that is hardy to zone 4/5? Could it become invasive? Your last photo is breathtaking!

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  4. So beautiful. I love mallows and have a lot of different sort. This mallow, do you have a latin namne so I could look for seeds? I have never seen this sort and perhaps it does not grow here in the middle of Sweden.

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  5. SweetBay,
    Wow these are sweet flowers! The last few close ups with bees are exceptional.

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  6. Great pictures of the Seashore Mallow! Mine are just about done for the season, been collecting seeds. Great flower, just love the pale pink petals with the almost neon yellow pistal.

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  7. Beautiful photos of the sea mallow. I love easy to grow things but I doubt anything that loves the sea would grow here!
    Beautiful bee shots, too.
    If I have any more questions about the horse boots that I might know the answers to, let me know.

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  8. I’ve never seen mallow before. That’s the good thing about blogs, you have the opportunity to see so many new plants that you might not normally see. In our garden we have several plants that we would never have know about had we not seen them on other blogs. That’s a very pretty color.--Randy

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  9. What a pretty bloom, love the muted pastel color. I have a similar mallow that is fairly drought tolerant (good for this area).
    Marnie

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  10. Lovely. That bumblebee looks like he or she's doing a balancing act. :) ~~Dee

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  11. It sure is pretty. The fact the J. beetles don't bother it is a big bonus!

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  12. Mallows are one of the flowers this year that slowly begins to "steal my heart". Beautiful, and with bees, lovely pictures. Wish I had the size of your garden :)it looks a bit to "big" for mine..

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  13. They are very pretty flowers and it is a bonus that the bees like them.

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  14. Nice.

    I've not heard of seashore mallow. I like the blooms more than say Hibiscus of which I'm not a huge fan

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  15. What a beautiful flower. Thank you for the information about it. I don't know much about plants, so it is always nice to learn something new!

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  16. That is beautiful. I had a Mallow but it was a small tree/shrub or something - and we lost it this winter. A cinch to grow with seeds huh? Even for me? LOL
    I've sure missed making the rounds to everyones gardens. Hope I'm bouncing back from whatever it was that kept me from posting and visiting!

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  17. What a sweet bloom! Great photos of a *very* happy bee:)

    Have a great weekend!

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  18. What a pretty mallow, I'm going to look for that one especially if it's long blooming. I love the shape and color of the flowers.

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  19. Lovely photos and good information on mallow, I don't know why it isn't more popular, great plant.

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  20. Pretty flowers, Sweet Bay!
    Have a nice weekend!/
    AnnA

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  21. Hi Sweet Bay. What a lovely Seashore Mallow. You maybe remember I showed one Mallow for a couple of weeks ago. It's a "baby flower" from Sweden. It's so funny to see same flowers from different countries. /Amanda

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  22. If I could grow Seashore Mallow that looked this pretty, then I'd be willing to move to a swamp or marsh. Seriously though, I luv the look of these flowers.

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  23. beautifully captured shots....lovely purple flowers!

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  24. Seashore Mallow is very lovely and new for me.. Thank you for sharing it.. have a nice weekend/Moa

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  25. this is a lovely series! i think the bees consider them as their summer paradise:)...

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  26. I love the seashore mallow, both closeup and en masse as a bunch--what a great plant, all around! Makes a big impact.

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