On Sunday, I happened to catch the end of the TV programme, Antiques Roadshow. It had been filmed on a glorious sunny day last summer and everyone was wearing summer clothes. I have to admit, I actually pined for a little bit of sunshine and warmth…especially after all the rain, hail and gale force winds that we’ve been having recently. Seeing the programme made me reminisce about a lovely time that I had at Loseley Park last year, taking photographs of the flowers in their wonderful gardens.
One plant, which really stood out for me, was the hollyhock (Alcea). And, today, I hope that I brighten up your day with images of these wonderful blooms.
I love the amazing height of the plants that towered above me, plus the vibrancy and cheery nature of their hibiscus-like blooms. If you’d like to grow some hollyhocks in your garden, the months of February and March are a great time to sow the seeds indoors. They’re the perfect plant to give a cottage garden feel.
(Images: Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)