for the first year, i have large blooming hollyhocks in my garden. although these magnificent flowers have been part of my gardening planting for three years, this is the first year for successful large blooms. i planted these flowers by seed and have patiently waited each year for blooms.
as the plant first develops, the large leaves seem to attract every neighbor bunny, so much so, that for the past three years, the leaves have been eaten to the ground at various stages. this year was different. the hollyhocks were protected by thick green wired cages as they first emerged from the soil. i have been amazed as they had more than three barriers in my yard this year from the bunnies, and have grown into splendid tall stalks of yellow blooms. they have certainly been worth the wait.