Photos by Barry Wallace
Hollyhocks at the Hare Apartments
Temperanceville ~ King Road & Bathurst Street
Hollyhocks are rather an old-fashioned flower to many people. They were very popular fifty to a hundred years ago, particularly in more rural areas. Today, they are still around and about, often in many new colours and in double and puffed blooms. As children my sisters and I would make floral dolls from hollyhocks. Two or three inverted blooms would make a fancy wide-bottomed dress, buds would be used for the body and head and then another inverted bloom would make a wide-brimmed hat. Hollyhocks are biennials but they are so adept at seeding themselves that they appear to to be perennials.
Astilbe (middle) and Daylilies (bottom) in our garden
Forde Crescent ~ King City
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