Monday, 6 January 2014

Hollyhock


What cottage garden would be complete without the old fashioned hollyhock?
In the past hollyhocks were planted around outhouses so when ladies needed to use the  toilet they would ask where was the hollyhock garden.

 I'm rather thrilled with the latest hollyhock to flower - a double hollyhock.
One purchased from the local markets. The seller had no idea what colour hollyhock it was - but being a fan of hollyhocks I brought it anyway.

Being a fan of folklore and language of flowers - the white hollyhock symbolizes female ambition, fecundity and fruitfulness.

Linking up to Mosaic Monday

25 comments:

  1. One stunning plant, and I'm so glad it withstood the gale winds bravely. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. yes it did but many of the tomatoes have fallen off the plants SOB!

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  2. What a beautiful hollyhock! I love them but we have 'hollyhock rust" in this garden so I don`t try growing them any more.
    It`s good to see a summer garden while we in England are up to our ears in rain and mud!

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    1. This one has hollyhock rust - first time I've ever come across it. I'm hoping I can get rid of it as love to save the seeds for my one day in the plan progress moon garden.

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  3. Hollyhocks are one of my favorites and yours are really lovely! I had them at my last house, but for some reason haven't gotten them planted here--Maybe this year they will have to be put on the list!

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    1. I hope you get some cracking for when spring comes.

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  4. i just love hollyhocks! i can never get them to grow in my gardens though.

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    1. we are pretty lucky with our mild temps here.

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  5. So very pretty, loved the story of the outhouse. If I ever come to visit ill ask you to show me you hollyhock garden lol

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    1. I'd love a composting toilet outdoors one day and if we do I'll grow hollyhocks all over it. SMILE.

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  6. My goodness but these are beautiful!!!

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    1. aren;t they - isn;t it amazing what nature can produce.

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  7. Your hollyhocks are beautiful! Lovely photos, have a happy week ahead!

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    1. thaank you - I have still lots to learn re photos and lighting - getting there slowly

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  8. Love the bit of history. "Where's the hollyhock garden?" is a great line. Your photos are beautiful.

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    1. isn't it FUN! I love folklore and old ditties.

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  9. Oh I LOVE it!!!! I love Hollyhocks too, them & Iris'.

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    1. I never used to grow flowers more practical things like veges but over last few years I'm getting into flowers. The old fashioned ones I seem to gravitate towards but I think they go more with the old villa.

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    1. I bet you need to see more flowers and sunshine over there - gosh you guys are having a cold snap. Keep warm

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  11. I adore hollyhocks and that one is a beauty!

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    1. it's my first double I've grown and boy am I in love with double hollyhocks.

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  12. Beautiful, I love hollyhocks too, they are so old-fashioned and pretty....

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    1. I'm collecting hollyhocks and hydrangea I'll take a photo on the hydrangeas next time I think of it.

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  13. Very lovely, soooo cottage garden. Even lovelier at dusk !

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