hollyhock showing

Hollyhocks are beautiful, old-fashioned, cottage flowers. They bloom every other year, so the anticipation mounts for their showing. This was the year to be hopeful, and we were provided with many blooms in quite an array of colors. Our seeds are from Jesse's grandmother who passed away two years ago, and are known as Common Hollyhock. This plant is susceptible to disease called Hollyhock Rust, and you'll notice that the leaves have small yellow dots, which is the rust. These pictures were taken over the past two weeks, but due to the disease I think the plants are about done for the year. Although I'm a little disappointed, we don't have much trouble with disease in our gardens, which is something to truly be thankful for. I'll simply need to research and attempt some preventive measures for this particular problem.