Over the course of the spring the bed has slowly filled up with hemp nettle, and the hollyhocks showed all the signs of a rusty disease ridden future. It all needed to be pulled out. I took this photo in early June to show it before I did the work of pulling out weeds and sickly rust infected plants.
Everything was looking so lush I hated to even weed it. I did pull out the hemp nettle though (mostly) but I never did dig out the hollyhocks. Now the bed looks like this.
The hollyhocks are now around 3 feet tall and producing buds. Oops. The thing is, I have a hard time pulling these plants. The seed came from my mother's garden and I still love the idea of hollyhocks in this spot. The big leaves and tall stature of the hollyhocks pairs well with the plume poppy. Also, pulling the hollyhock means I have to start over in this bed.
|These big hosta also combine well with the large leaves of the plume poppy|
The three hosta are absolutely huge. Amazingly these are divisions of a single plant. Each division has now grown larger than the original plant I chopped up.
I promise though, the hollyhocks are getting pulled. I can't have them spreading seed in this bed as that would mean pulling hollyhock seedlings for years after. So remember these photos because the next time you see this flower bed it will be much more sparse.