Hollyhocks

Jan. 11, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips, Perennials

When I was a kid growing up on a farm without running water (think outhouses) you always knew where to go…Hollyhocks were grown around outhouses to disguise them. Those were the days…after running water and improved bathrooms, the outhouses were the laugh of the small towns and their 4th of July parades.  They were pulled through the main square with a shiny new john deer tractor and a some high school boy who had won the coin toss to drive the tractor.

And the Hollyhocks…well, they continued to grow along fence rows and garden gates, weaving in the breeze and producing seeds for the next years crop. Todays hollyhocks can be found in many colors…not just the purple that I remember.  There are also double ones and dwarf ones and even a Hollyhock house in Los Angeles built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1921.

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