Sunday Selections #54

It's Sunday Selections time again!

Time to post photos that have been hiding away in your computer files, photos that you may have completely forgotten about.
Have a hunt through your files and find some.

This idea comes to us from Kim at Frog Ponds Rock, who realised one day that she takes many more photos than she uses, as we all do, and wanted to post some of the older ones on her blog.

A once a week meme seemed like a good idea, so Sunday Selections was born and anyone at all can join in.

I often choose a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week my theme is  >>>>


Most Hollyhocks I've seen come in varying shades of pink.  I like this particular shade more than the pastels.
I like my colours strong.

I apologise for using this photo again, Sunday Selections is supposed to be for unused photos, but I just love the way the sun has backlit the petals causing a striped effect where they overlap.
I printed this one on 4x6 photo paper and now use it as one of my bookmarks.

This, however, is my absolute favourite Hollyhock colour. I call it black although we can all plainly see that it isn't.

These "black" Hollyhocks are part of one of the foothpath gardens in my street.
I walked past it again recently and was pleased to see that the flowers had now set seed pods that were dried and ready to fall.
One of them "fell" into my hand....when I touched it ever so gently.
In the spring, I'll plant the seeds in amongst the grasses in the side garden by my flat.

None of my photos have been changed in any way from the way they were photographed.
What I take is what you see. There's no cropping, no colour changing, no photoshopping at all.
(except for that one time I put up black & white shots)

To join in with Sunday Selections, post photos of your choice under the Sunday Selections title, then go to Kim's site and add your name to her linky list before leaving a comment there.
Then have alook at what others have posted for their Sunday Selections.
There are some really good photographers out there.


  1. I love hollyhocks, they are so old fashioned. My gran showed me how to make ballerina dolls out of the flowers when I was little.

  2. Hollyhocks are something I am sure that I have only read about, and I am not sure where. I don't think I have seen them before, and I certainly didn't know what they looked like, so thank you for the share :)

  3. They are just spectacular. I planted one this year, but obviously too late for it to bloom. Next year.

    Thank you for inspiring me to put more in.

  4. Aren't they beautiful!! there are so many lovely 'old'fashioned' flowers that everyones' Nana used to have, and you just hardly see them anymore.

  5. Bonza photos. The Hollyhocks in photos 3 & 4 is very close to the colour of a whole beetroot :-).

  6. Delores; ballerina dolls? That's something I'd never heard of before, although I have heard of Daisy chains.

    permanently amanda; now you know what they look like. The stalks grow tall, usually about 5 feet, my height, I've seen a few taller than me, but not by much.

    EC; check with your local nursery about best planting times.

    Toni; a lot of the old-fashioned flowers are popping up again with the revived interest shown in the delightful old cottage garden style.

  7. Another 'Black' flower?? AWESOME!! I've got a few - several Irises, some kind of arum lily - but this one's fantastic! SO great the seed 'fell' into your hand ...

  8. Windsmoke; you're right!

    Red Nomad; a seed pod of a couple of different pinks also "fell". I really hope at least some of the seeds grow, each pod holds a couple of dozen.

  9. The 'black' one is very dramatic. I used to have 'black' paeonies in my previous garden. Looked very much like these flowers. Loved them too *sigh* I collected seeds when we left that house, but they've never come up in our current garden. Don't know why. Ah well, I do hope that you'll have your own 'bunch' of black hollyhocks next year ;-)

  10. I first remember reading about hollyhocks in Enid Blyton's stories until my grandmother showed me some in her garden in Fullarton in the 1970s.

    A few wild ones would spring up in the few vacant blocks where we lived in Trinity Gardens. Bright and defiant.

  11. I have wild hollyhocks that show up here, but they're no where near as elaborate as yours!

    Such an old-fashioned flower, somehow... My grandma used to take them and somehow make little dolls out of them for me... :-)


  12. I have a really soft spot in my heart for hollyhocks, but sadly my husband really dislikes them, because he thinks they're untidy. I LOVE your 'black' hollyhock. If I had my way, I'd plant some along with those bright red ones mixed in. Heaven!

  13. I have never seen them before. I rather like the black one. Might have to see if one can fall into my hands on one of my walks ;)

  14. What a gorgeous flower and that black colour is particularly stunning.

  15. Carolina; black peonies would be stunning in a cottage garden. Failed seeds happens a lot to me too.

    Kath Lockett; the plant I remember most from Enid Blyton's books is hedges. There always seemed to be a hedge in her stories.

    Pearl; another hollyhock doll grandma! I'd love to see a hollyhock doll.

    Jay at The Depp Effect; they can look untidy, but in a cottage garden where the plants all mix in that's part of the charm.
    In a more orderly garden, they're best planted at the back of a flower bed against a support.

    kelley@magnetoboldtoo; I really hope mine grow, then I'll have seeds to share. If you spot a hollyhock with black flowers, take note of where it is, and when you see it with dried brown seed pods that are beginning to crack open, ask the home gardener if you could please have some.

    Marita; it is gorgeous isn't it!


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