Monday, July 16, 2012

Most Attractive


Good Summer Monday Morning!




These most attractive hollyhocks grow in our garden every year without even coaxing them.  They come up early in the Spring, often they get snowed on..which may set them back...but they keep on going.  One child of mine says they are weeds.  I think they are adorable.  They have a mind of their own, for sure.  Because they reseed themselves, they start growing where ever they feel inclined to do so.  This particular grouping was photographed a few years ago.  The mother plant has now reseeded across the driveway, and in several spots.  All appreciated in their own place.   This second photo, I included for the attractive way the shadows are included.  I had been ignoring their beauty, or taking it for granted...then I saw my daughter snap a photo on her phone.  It made me stop and look again.  These are beautiful.  I have been waiting to post these photos to co inside with their sisters, now blooming in season, in a similar yet independent place in the garden.    


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How can I mention hollyhocks without the most attractive appearance of hollyhock dolls!  (I know that one has a very large head....that's the greatness of hollyhock dolls.  There are no Hollyhock Doll Police.)

Do you have hollyhocks growing in your area of the world?
Did you ever make hollyhock dolls?
What colors of hollyhocks have you seen?


Links to boogieboardcottage and Tina 

Merry hollyhock watch, (they are all over the place),   Mary



37 comments:

  1. mary, love your holly hocks. i have a couple that i think came from my auntie about 3 houses away across the street and ally. she has them all over the place sooo pretty and my mom still likes to make the little dolls. enjoy your day!

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  2. Hollyhocks always remind me of my grandmother;s house and garden. :)

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  3. I love hollyhocks because they remind me of my childhood on the farm. They grew in front of our house. Memories...

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  4. My gardening philosophy is: If it's pretty, it's not a weed! And they're such a pretty shade of pink! Definitely keepers, especially if they're multi-purpose and can be played with as dolls!
    --Vivienne

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  5. I have never seen a hollyhock in person. They certainly make gorgeous blooms. Love the little dolls! So clever.

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  6. Your hollyhocks are so pretty. I planted one pink hollyhock plant last year and it has bloomed now. I had to stake it up as it was falling over. I used to make hollyhock dolls when I was a kid.

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  7. Your hollyhocks are beautiful. We have a few growing in random spots around our yard. I hope to get some eventually along our back garden fence. I have never seen hollyhock dolls before but aren't they just beautiful ladies :)

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  8. That is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE photography, it makes me stop and look at things that I take for granted. It makes me appreciate the beauty around me!

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  9. A fabulous flower aren´t they....I have ooooodles of them along my fence and love everyone of them:) it all started with ONE LONE hollyhock which we found growing out in some wild field all by itself....we dug up the root...brought it home and for four years now we have had the burgundy red beauties multiply all over the backyard. They throw off pink and white seeds so now we have pink, white and burgundy beauties and we see people stop and STARE at them on their walks....how cooool is that for hollyhock heaven. I let them sprout wherever they want and my relatives have even come over and gotten some sprouts and seeds over the years. some years they get higher than the front porch roof of the house...they have to be a mutation as I have NEVER seen such tall hollyhocks in all my life...that is over 12 feet tall ...unreal!!
    I love your shots and the shadow thrown is a wonderful shot indeed.

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  10. Hi Mary,

    I love your photos of your beautiful hollyhocks
    they so pretty.

    I don't have any in my garden
    but I might get some
    as I love anything that re-seeds itself.

    Thanks for sharing your photos.

    x Fiona

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  11. I LOVE hollyhocks, but haven't had success growing them. I'm going to try again after seeing yours...and I love that they re-seed themselves. I remember seeing gardens full of them when I was growing up, so they hold fond memories for me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs Mary!

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  12. thanks for showing us your beautiful garden! :)

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  13. Wonderful flowers in a great colour. I love them. We named it " Stockrosen "
    lg otti

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  14. I adore hollyhocks, always have...single bloom, double bloom...every colour from pure white to a red so dark it's nearly black. Did you know that they used hollyhock plantings to show which outhouse was the women's?

    One of the most charming vignettes I've seen in a private garden was hollyhocks interplanted with Rose of Sharon trees and mallow plants, with a little baby's breath tossed in to soften the edges.

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  16. Hi Mary! I remember playing with my 'hollyhock dolls' as a child. I always thought they were the fanciest ladies around. Great photos of your hollyhocks!

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  17. aww i love these flowers! I've never seen hollyhocks and if i've seen them, i never knew what they were called. That first picture of the hollyhocks is a great picture, Mary!

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  18. What beautiful Hollyhocks Mary!
    They really do look like little dolls. So sweet.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  19. Those were beautiful and I love the pink color. sandie

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  20. hello..my first time coming by... very nice blog you have here, beautiful flowers to brighten up the day!

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  21. Beautiful hollyhocks, and I have never seen them upside down as dolls! So neat! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

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  22. Yes, I love hollyhocks...yours are gorgeous! So I'm not the only one who made dolls out of them??? Those memories are so vivid...thank you for this splendid post...
    Have a beautiful week!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  23. They're really beautiful Mary.
    I love cottage garden flowers......;o)
    Tania xx

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  24. Banner hollyhock year hear at the farm. Many colors and petal types everywhere. My husband's favorite flower. Yours are very pretty. xo

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  25. I haven't seen beautiful Hollyhocks like yours in years. I love their color.

    Your blog is a bundle of joyful, Mary. Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. They are indeed beautiful flowers! They won't grow in my part of Australia but where my previous MIL lived (in Melbourne in the south) they grew and her plants were beautiful.

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  27. Wow I am definitely getting Hollyhocks next spring!! Yours are beautiful :)

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  28. Oh my gosh! I was just going to post a photo of mine on my blog asking my readers what the name is and then I read your post! Serendipity!

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  29. Beautiful photos. I've never seen the hollyhock dolls. Sweet....
    Heidi

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  30. Those are beautiful. Nothing like that grows around here.

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  31. Mary hollyhocks are one of my favourites! Yours are gorgeous!
    I usually see them in their glory about 4 hours away from where we live, although I've had the privilege of seeing a few here in our city as well. They seem to be rare here though. I planted a coupe of them in our back yard a few years ago but they didnt return. :(
    I've never seen them displayed as you have as little dolls! Cute!
    Thank you so much for your visit with me..I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to getting to know you!

    Deborah :)

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  32. I love hollyhocks! Unfortunately, mine moved right out of my garden. They were there for years and suddenly just didn't come up again. Any ideas? Newest follower here!

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  33. These are just so lovely - I really must plant some here at our place :)

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  34. How gorgeous these hollyhocks are...so vibrant! Love the adorable hollyhock dolls:)Would love to have some in my garden and enjoy these beauties. Thanks for sharing with us and for your sweet comment. Have a lovely weekend!~Poppy

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  35. Hi Mary!

    I have been enjoying many of you posts tonight (new follower) and I have to comment on these Hollyhocks. They are actually one of my favorite cottage garden plants. In northern California they grew over 6-7 feet tall. Don't think they would make it here in my southern California desert garden :(

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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