Jolly Hollyhocks

Long standing followers of The Frustrated Gardener will know that I have something of a crush on hollyhocks (Alcea). So it was no surprise when my heart went all aflutter at the sight of The Botanic Nursery exhibit at Hampton Court last week. In previous years there have been a handful of hollyhocks incorporated into the […]

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Hollyhocks from Holland

There are no front gardens in old Amsterdam. Instead, householders adorn their doorsteps with potted plants, or grow roses and ivy through gaps in the pavement. Ever the opportunists, hollyhocks also get in on the act, seeding themselves and then rocketing up between cobbles wherever they may. They dart between railings and through bicycle wheels, […]

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Handsome Hollyhocks

It’s been a great year for hollyhocks. I can’t remember seeing them look quite so good, bursting out of the ground like Roman candles and free from rust. Whether it’s a tower block estate in Hackney or a Yorkshire village they are happy so long as they’re in the sun and have plenty of space. […]

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