Happiness is Hollyhocks
Seeing my garden abloom with hollyhocks makes for a very happy day here at Ashton House. Last weekend, I noticed the first of the blooms on my hollyhocks and snapped this photo. This particular one is very special to me because it comes from my grandma, who has grown them for years on the family farm where she still lives. She grows a rainbow of hollyhocks in hues such as yellow, purple, pale pink, and magenta. Every fall, she gives me seeds from them. It is wonderful to share your garden's bounty with others, so that heirloom varieties can continue to thrive.
Another favorite hollyhock in the Ashton House gardens is this bewitching black beauty that I started growing three years ago. It adds a bit of intrigue to one of the flower borders.
With today's hectic editing workload, there isn't much time to write, but I wanted to drop in to say "hello" and share some garden pretties with you!