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Here come the Hollyhocks

July 1st, 2008

They say you can’t have a cottage garden without hollyhocks, which is good because I like cottage gardens and I really like hollyhocks. They are such tall stately flowers able to withstand so much weathering.

I have had trouble with the deer eating them in the spring, but this year I figured out a place where the deer won’t eat them and my hollyhocks are taller than I am. I have old-fashioned double hollyhocks, the blossoms look like small peony blossoms, I would like to get some single ones next year. They’re such intriguing flowers since they bloom from the bottom up. They are beautiful from the multiple buds on the top of the flower stalk to the partially opened buds down to the full flowers.

Here are a few photos from one of my hollyhocks (all from the same flower stalk from top to bottom).

I love how all the buds form at the top of the stalk and then as it grows the buds space themselves out on the stalk.

The buds are so neat when they begin to pop open. You can finally see what color the flowers will be.
Down a little more and the buds are a little more open, beginning to reveal the ruffled petals.

Going down even farther you start to see a little more of the flower.

And finally the full blossom at the very bottom.

Here’s a larger photo showing a foot or so of the bloom stalk.

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