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18/07/2009


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HOLLYHOCK

I have one Hollyhock plant in the garden, and it looks stunning! It has lots of flowering side shoots and one main stem which soars into the sky, and the leaves seem pretty free of rust this year too. Picking off infected leaves during its early growth may have helped?

Did you know Hollyhock flowers are edible? They can be picked fresh and used in salads or brewed for tea. Buds can be sauted in butter, and leaves (I would imagine rust-free) can be used in middle-eastern recipes.

Please be aware if you suffer from allergies.
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13 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

very dramatic photo again, stunnign coloured flowers as well!

Sal said...

One of the most beautiful Hollyhocks that I've ever seen!
;-)

lifeinredshoes said...

Beautiful! Have you ever made hollyhock dolls?

nikkipolani said...

Ah, key word there is "rust-free" -- a state of hollyhockness I've not achieved :-( But yours is stunningly tall and majestic!

nadia said...

what a lovely photo! it's fab, both the strange angle and the bold colours!
i didn't know that these flowers were edible, so thanks! i'm very curious to taste them now.

VP said...

I've yet to grow Hollyhocks, but your photo's persuaded me to ask Threadspider if I can collect some of the seed from hers :)

sweetmyrtle said...

hi louise,
fantastic photo! now i didn't know that they were edible... i have a few hollyhocks in the garden, pink, white and peach... the bees love them... so if i decided to eat them i would have to make sure one wasn't hiding inside a bloom first!
x

Glo said...

What a stunning photo! You've captured the image perfectly ~ prizewinning! I love the brilliance of the flower against the beautiful blue of the sky, and the way the flower takes your eye right up with it! Well done, indeed!

Suburbia said...

That's beautiful, I wish the sky was that blue at the moment!

I didn't realise they were edible :)

Amanda and Tim said...

I have been seeing Hollyhocks everywhere recently and kept pointing them out to T but could not for the life of me remember what they were called - so thanks for reminding me!! I never knew they were edible - T will love that and I bet that will be the first thing we'll plant next year (he loves edible plants - he's even been known to eat hawthorn leaves on our walking trips as a snack!)

Simone said...

That is a stunning pink against the blue sky. x

Re said...

I didn't know that, unfortunately mine are rusted now so I won't be trying it - not this year anyway.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a stunning hollyhock picture with the blue sky!