'Although not intended, when I showed this card to a number of people, they all felt the quiet colours make it the sort of card they would want to send in the event of a bereavement.' J J Marshall
Of all the flowers associated with the cottage garden, the Hollyhock is perhaps one of the most evocative and one of the oldest. It appears in John Gardener’s poem of 1440 which tells us which plants were being grown in cottage gardens at that time:
‘Periwinkle, violet, cowslip and lily
Rose red, rose white, foxglove and pimpernel
Hollyhock, coriander, paeony.’
At four to six feet, they are one of the tallest flowers you can grow and can often be seen peering over walls or even into windows. They come as double or single flowers and in a useful palette of colours: white, cream, yellow, salmon pink, pink, crimson, magenta and a dark red. Hollyhocks are perennials and benefit from the addition of decayed manure to their soil each spring, especially if they are planted in dry spots. They enjoy the sun and because of their height, need the support of a six-foot stake to stop them falling over.
Convolvulus Cneorum has silvery silky leaves and large white flowers that come from pink buds in May. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil and is a good choice for a hot spot in the garden.