In April I started to get a bit worried that the Hollyhocks didnt seem to be coming back very well. When you think that as of today (In August) this national collection isn’t even a year old, the inability to compare anything to previous years was always a bit nerve racking.
Fast forward to August and the plot is full of flowers, and in actual fact I’m already collection seed off other hollyhocks on the plot. The weather has made it a strange year. At one point the plants were at least 2 weeks behind previous years. I have a video from less than a month ago when this plot hardly had a flower on any of the plants. Plenty of sun (mixed in with deluges and winds) means a month later and some of the hollyhocks are at their prime with others already well on their way to finishing.
Given what a jungle of growth it now is, I certainly shouldn’t have worried about not getting a decent display. But it’s easy to say that now. Without a doubt next April I will be worrying just as I did this year.