Look at the Hollyhocks! - these are the flowers of English cottages and fairy tales. I had to pinch myself when I visited a friend here in northern Michigan at a private community called Northport Point and saw hollyhocks growing everywhere.
Every Spring, I am usually swayed by the deep blue delphinium when I am shopping at the garden center. Next year I will have to keep my wits about me and remember to buy some hollyhocks for my garden. I have a beautiful brick wall around my patio and I think hollyhocks would thrive there. Have you had success growing hollyhocks?
These hollyhocks are sky high! I am 5'2" and I took this photo aiming up, without a zoom. How tall are they? I'd guess that they are 9 feet tall, easy!
I want to remind you of the photograph I took of hollyhocks in England - it is one of my favorites. I was driving through a small town on the way to Blenheim Palace (Winston Churchill's childhood home) when I saw them and yelled, "Stop the car!"