Why the Love of a Hollyhock

This time of year as I wander around the garden at Crossfield Cottage I can’t help but admire the classic cottage flowers that we have in the garden at the moment, known as the “The Hollyhock”.

They bloom early to mid summer on tall spikes that look like they want to reach to the heavens to show off their beauty.

Holly hocks support the lifecycle of the painted lady butterflies as a host plant for their caterpillars & also attract other pollinators such as bees in which they move to one flower to another which fertilizers the plant & other flowers within the garden.

We have an abundent of colours popping up standing tall each striving to be taller than the other plant.

This is a plant that has a special memory for us as a family.

Our Gran would have hollyhocks in her garden, to the amazement of us all.  My Mother in law, sister in law and myself would collect seeds and put them in to a paper bag or envelopeand then scatter into our gardens.  In which none of us had success in growing these classic flowers.

Until my husband and I brought Crossfield cottage and started renovating, it was then that I was able to source some seeds, to give it another go at growing those hollyhocks.  As Gran had passed on they were not her seeds but the memory of her would still be there.

We scattered seeds amongst the plants at the garden and to my suprise & joy I saw these beautiful flowers being showcased at Crosfield Cottage B&B.   For not only for us, but for all our guest to enjoy when they stay at Crossfield Cottage B&B.

 

In Memory:  Gran Udy