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02/08/2008


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HOLLYHOCKS

Doesn't everyone love hollyhocks, so English country garden and so pretty with it. But what about the rust?

I have dispensed of hollyhocks in my garden because of this very reason, rather disappointing as I really do love them for their stature and colour. This year one has made an appearance, growing through a flagstone, quite short and this little beauty has no rust to speak of. Maybe I could just reintroduce some back into my garden next year? I may well do so, and see how they do?

My dad will be pleased. I don't think he quite understands my liking for plants which only possess the most perfect leaves!

11 comments:

pebbledash said...

I love hollyhocks, especially the deep red ones!

Gina said...

Wow..I love this shot of your hollyhock Louise!..I almost feel like a bee the centre of the flower looks so inviting!! I think your should reintroduce them..I would love to get some in mine :D Gx

nikkipolani said...

I remember the first time coming across hollyhocks - at my uncle's house in the country (in France). I wanted so badly to grow them at home and tried and tried. But the dreaded rust put me off, too. Do give them a try again, Louise, I'd love to see them thrive in your garden!

Sal said...

I still have hollyhocks... in bud..but everything in my garden has been ruined by the rain and of course, so little sun. My Sweet Peas are slow in flowering and my geraniums just hate the wet. Oh well..roll on next year!! ;-)

Amanda said...

What a beautiful blog you have - I am so happy to have stumbled upon your little patch :o) Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne said...

Hollyhocks are a favourite of mine, I tried to grow them but apart from the rust, I found caterpillars just loved to eat them.

Marie Antionette said...

Hi ,What is rust?Is it something that plants get? Hollyhocks are beautiful,I've never had any of them.Happy Day Marie Antionette

Flighty said...

I've got some seeds(from Nikki I think!)that I'll be growing on the plot next year. xx

Simone said...

I would love to grow Hollyhocks around the back borders in my garden. I think some seeds will be on my shopping list for next year.

Lavinia said...

There is a tranluscency to the petals here....very attractive.

farawayme said...

What a lovely picture, gorgeous.