harvesting hollyhock seeds in Old Town Albuquerque

We’ve had an early start to the monsoon season, with clouds and rain showers all through May and June.  All of our flowers have bloomed early, including the hollyhocks, which are so much a part of the New Mexico landscape.

The hollyhock seeds are also ready for harvesting earlier than normal, usually in the middle of July.  When the flowers bloom and dry up, the seed pod starts to form.  Once the husk is dry and papery and the black seeds are visible inside, the seeds are ready to harvest.  On Saturday morning I went around Old Town and collected a small bucket full of them.

Now I’m ready to put them in small ziplock bags and share them with our guests.