Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know that I have always admired hollyhocks. Satiny, crepe-paper flowers held aloft on tall, graceful stems; I have wanted to have some of these beauties in my garden for years!
Hollyhocks demand a fair bit of real estate however, and I have never had a spot for them...that is until now. In the last few weeks, I have been busy digging up a bit more of our nondescript lawn and now have a spot in the sun that should be perfect for them.
Hollyhocks usually act as short-lived perennials, but re-seed themselves each year. The single form are said to be more resistant to hollyhock rust and so that is what I think I will try out in my garden next summer.
For now, I will content myself with admiring them in other gardens.
A stand of hollyhocks at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, ON
A private garden in Waterdown, ON
The Royal Botanical Gardens again.
Larkwhistle Gardens on the Bruce Peninsula.
Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S. We finally got some rain. We had a terrible thunderstorm and then it came down in buckets. The garden took a big, thirsty drink. Sadly, a number of area homes caught fire when lightening struck them and now these families are out of house. There always seems to be a little bit of bad to balance any good.
My garden alphabet so far: 'A' is for Astilbe, 'B' is for Butterfly, Three 'C's, 'D' is for Delphinium, The Letters E and F , G is for Geranium and now H is for Hollyhocks