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The Stolen Hollyhock

By pamelajean
Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours, but mine were always white and pale pink, so when I saw these deep red ones, I immediately fell in love. I was sitting on someone’s brick wall waiting for a bus when I noticed them in their garden, so I waited for the flowers go to seed, then returned and furtively collected some whilst passing. This is the happy result. (I later met the owner when he was tidying his garden, and confessed to the seed theft, but he wasn’t bothered at all).
I now know that the disc-shaped seed case is known as a schizocarpTongue.

The epitome of cottage garden plants, the stately old-fashioned hollyhock will add some drama and exciting height to a garden.
Its showy 3” funnel-shaped flowers are borne in tall, erect racemes and will bloom for a long time in summer.
Their tall spikes are covered with blooms from top to bottom, and can reach heights of 9 feet!

Thank you for looking, for your interest, your comments and votes on my Date Palm Frond.

Pamela.

Tags: Ambition Europe Asia Flowers and plants Alcea rosea Cottage garden Deep red Malvaceae Mallow family Fecundity racemes

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Comments


4 Dec 2019 5:18PM
Beautiful photo Pam!
Love the colors and the composition and the fine sharpnes!

Arne

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franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 5:24PM
Beautiful work, Pamela.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 5:31PM
A beautiful shot and love the colour of these.
Ju
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
4 Dec 2019 5:56PM
Wow !! I love this
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 6:02PM
Beautiful colours and textures Pamela.

Phil.
richmowil Plus
11 391 2 England
4 Dec 2019 6:33PM
A lot of work to get this excellent image Pamela, and worth it all.
Beautiful image
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
4 Dec 2019 9:03PM
So--so envious --I have tried to grow hollyhocks with no luck--and this image is so beautiful!
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 9:38PM
Crafty.. and what a result
4 Dec 2019 9:43PM
Stunning - beautifully done! SmileSmileSmile
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
4 Dec 2019 9:44PM
Really beautiful image.
Joan
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2019 10:02PM
Stunning evidence of your pilfering!
mac Plus
18 4 Scotland
5 Dec 2019 12:02AM
An excellent grouping of the flowers with a great range of tones and sharpness.
Ian
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
5 Dec 2019 9:45AM
A very lovely capture, Pamela, capture with excellent detail, and a good choice of background 👍
Trev 😀
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 10:55AM
"schizocarp" - if only I could remember this word I'd impress my gardening friends.
Lovely bit of pilfering Pamela!
KateGrin
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 11:44AM
What a wonderful ill gotten gain! Well presented.
Carole
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
5 Dec 2019 1:20PM
Gardeners are always happy to share. I love holly hocks, they are such stately and old fashioned flower.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 609 England
5 Dec 2019 3:40PM
Very nice Pamela, hope you don't get rust on them as they are prone to that fungus.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2019 5:51PM
I haven't had one WITHOUT rust yet, Keith, but it's usually confined to the lower leaves, so I cut them off. I love watching them reach incredible heights, and some of this year's grew above the roof - but I do live in a bungalow!
6 Dec 2019 5:21AM
Wow , one of my fave garden flowers , great capture Pamela ,
I can only grow white and yellow ones in my garden...cannot get the seeds for any other colour to take !
Cheers Walt
ColleenA Plus
7 442 6 Australia
6 Dec 2019 12:06PM
Beautiful photo...so worthy of all the awards
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
6 Dec 2019 9:07PM
Lovely comp and presentation - you should give the man a print of his Hollyhocks.SmileSmileSmile
7 Dec 2019 3:06PM
Beautiful detailed image Pamela
Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2019 3:29PM
Stunning image captured Pam, I do very similar things usually take a piece for a cutting. my last was a white Hydrangeu
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2019 12:33AM
Radiant colours Pam!!
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