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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stock Flower

The first time I ever heard of and handled Stock Flower was a few years back, when a friend gave a bag full of young plants, ready for the ground, to me.
I have loved it since.
Stock Flower, ( Matthiola Incana ) which only blooms during the colder months from February through March, is a hardy fragrant annual.
It grows rather thick and tall and is wonderful for backgrounds and filling in spaces. It stays green all year long. I have quite a bit of this on the grounds.................and as you can see, it is already starting to bloom! The fragrance is just lovely! Since the wind and dirt has died down these past couple of days, I transplanted many of this year's young sproutlings to a long row that runs beside my flower garden. As they grow bigger, they will serve as a natural fence for the flower garden.

They look like this when they fill out and start growing. They are just now starting to bloom, and when they get their full head of blossoms on, I will show you the pictures.

As you can see, the garden will look great with a fence of purple stock flower around it.
By the way...........this is not from the garden book, however, I have found it to be the most wonderful tip...................that came from a dear elderly lady I once knew..........
You can transplant anything as long as the month has the letter" R" in it.........like February. It really does work! Everything I have transplanted during the months with the letter R in them, has always done well.
How about you? Do you have Stock Flower in your area? Is there a piece of sage advice passed down from someone that has worked? I would love to hear!
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Julie Harward said...


Nancy M. said...

It's very pretty! I have the hardest time getting flowers to grow. I'm lucky my garden does alright.

Anonymous said...

I don't know that I've ever seen stock before other than in catalogs. It surely is a nice border plant and I love the blooms. Thanks for the tip about transplanting too. Hope you have a nice day Kathleen.

RiverBend Farm said...

Wow, I admire all your hard work. In another lifetime, when I graduated from highschool, we wore long white dresses and pastel wide brim hats decorated with flowers. I chose purple decorated with purple stock. I loved my hat. Ha! I do believe that is about all I loved from that high school attendance.

Daisy said...

I've never heard of Stock Flower before, Kathleen. It looks very pretty. We won't have anything blooming outside here for several months yet!

peggy said...

You are so lucky to have a blooming plant, the stock we get here in Michigan grows taller and dries nicely. I will have to try some this year, putting it on my list.

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen. I've got my garden tilled up, too. Look at Sophie standing there - she never leaves your side, does she? Now, that devotion.

I don't know if we have stock flower around East Texas or not. Maybe I'm just not familiar with it or didn't know what it was called when I saw it. ANyway, if I's closer I'd come by and get me a start. It's really pretty and you're right, it WILL look good around your garden area!

DayPhoto said...

We can grow stock here well. I love the flower, it is/was a staple in floral design years ago when I was a florist.

Sigh! It is snowing here and cold. Your spring has me longing!


hummer said...

I am so jealous. I long to be back home and work on my garden. I love your Stock flower. We had some one year in our nursery. Beautiful purple flower.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I've never heard of stock flower. As far as I know, we don't have any in our area, but these sure are lovely flowers. I hope you plants do great and you'll enjoy many beautiful blooms this winter.