Field of Science

Friday Fabulous Flower- volunteer perennial

The summer weather is persisting well into September and so are our gardens.  In among three knock-out roses a couple of dwarf hollyhocks (Malva sylvestris) have appeared.  Basically they were left alone because of the thorny roses and like a few tough plants they seem to thrive on neglect and they were not subjected to any severe Japanese beetle herbivory having been hidden in roses until after the beetle season was over (but both families are beetle favorites).  These hollyhocks only grow to about waist high but they are quite cheerful and everyone is glad that they showed up on their own.

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