Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hollyhock Days


The tall slender hollyhock


A beacon of beauty


Ruffled cups of colour, turned to face the sun


Bringing light to the darkening days of fall


Until all that's left is the memory of someone graceful and true.

28 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. I've recently become acquainted with hollyhocks in the my first few years here in North Dakota. They've grown impressively in the first year and we're looking forward to them blooming next year. We'll also plant some more seeds this year and make sure that we have hollyhocks blooming every year from now on.

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    1. I'm so happy you're able to grow them! I've discovered I have to let them grow where THEY want (often not in the place I've planted them!) and only now are they starting to multiply :) I wish you lots of hollyhock-luck!

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  2. That is one of the prettiest hollyhocks I've ever seen! I adore them. Mine died out and I'm so sad.

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    1. You should try again, Jill, they didn't do well in my garden for years, so I started to treat them like an annual, putting in new ones each spring and eventually, now that I've let them take control of the garden, they've decided to return on their own :)

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  3. Beautiful hollyhocks! (I'm learning new flower names here:) What a magnificent color! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Tammy, they are quite a character in the garden (I believe they think they are royalty because they move around choosing where they'd like to grow instead of where I've planted them!) We're having the best Fall weather, it's glorious here :) Hope you're enjoying your time outdoors as well.

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  4. They are beautiful and the flowers look very similar to hibiscus. Love your third photo catching all the ruffles.

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    1. It's true they do look like hibiscus, but these grow in tall, straight columns. They are one of my favourite flowers :)

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  5. So pretty! I've never seen them grown around here - too hot I think. Love the color!

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    1. That's too bad they don't grow where you are, but you can enjoy mine for now!

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  6. Hollyhocks are so beautiful and majestic, and I love the colour of yours.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, I'm just having trouble keeping mine in the back of the garden, they keep creeping forward and blocking everything behind them from view!

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  7. Very nice. We don't have it here but the ruffles do resembles our hibiscus flower, the hybrid type. Is it fragrant?

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    1. You're right, they do look like hibiscus flowers, and the bees love them just the same! Unfortunately they are not fragrant.

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  8. This is one of my favorite flowers. I want to plant these around our place down this next year in spring. Very very very pretty shots. I love the flowers and the plant size as well. I always think of these when I think country garden. Enjoy your Saturday night!

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    1. Hollyhocks are one of my "must haves" in the garden as well. They've been finicky and bossy in my garden but I've persisted and finally have agreed to let them grow wherever they want, rearranging the other plants nearby to accommodate them. Yeah, they have me exactly where they want me :)

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  9. Great pictures of the hollyhocks (hibiscus) the color is beautiful sharpness of the photos is superb.
    Nice Sunday.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thanks for your many compliments Irma, I hope you have had a wonderful day as well :)

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  10. Colour of these is amazing! rich & mystical..

    xoxo, Juliana
    [pjhappies.blogspot.com]

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    1. Thanks Juliana, I have no idea where this colour came from! I just keep throwing seeds down and hope they continue to grow :)

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  11. Rosemary!
    I welcome you very warmly.
    Stunning images. Lovely mauve color.
    I love your beautiful blog.
    Regards Lucia

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    1. Lucia, you are so sweet, thank you very much!

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  12. Hello Rosemary,
    Very wonderful shots!! It's amazing to see the brightly colors of these beautiful flowers. Very well done!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thanks Marco, they are a pleasure to see at this time of year :)

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  13. Your garden is inspiring Rosie! Your Mom would be so, so proud of you! The hollyhock poem made me think of her :)
    This blog is amazing!
    Val

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    1. Val, so nice to hear from you! I hope you and your family are well :) That's so sweet of you to mention my Mom, my garden is my way of remembering how much she loved nature and what a gentle, peaceful person she was. She's in my thoughts and my heart every single day :)

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  14. what a gorgeous flower. so lovely. the color too! (:

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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