🌺The Hollyhocks Are Here. My English Country Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

I spent three days in cold wet Cornwall on my brother’s dairy farm this week assuming that my Hampshire garden was also getting a lovely drink. But I came home to news that there had only been 1mm of rainfall. The only rain I’ve seen since then was the time I put all the holiday washing out to dry 😏

Six photos from my garden
Six photos from my garden for July 2nd

First of the six is this ‘Velvet Queen’ Sunflower.

Own Photo of a red, Velvet Queen sunflower
Velvet Queen Sunflower

I do like cottage garden style flowers and my second photo is the first of my Hollyhocks for this week. These are the white ones.

Own photo of white Hollyhocks
White Hollyhock

Third photo goes to this enormous caterpillar which was easily the size of my middle finger. I discovered that it is a Puss Moth (they like poplars and willows) It will turn into a large white or grey furry moth with a cat-like appearance.

Own photo of a Puss Moth Caterpillar
Puss Moth Caterpillar

Fourth photo is another of my Hollyhocks. This is rather out of focus as the wind was blowing, but it is a delicate pale yellow.

Own photo of a yellow Hollyhock
Yellow Hollyhock

Fifth photo is of another Hollyhock. This one is pale pinky orange. The petals are almost tissue paper thin.

Own photo of an orange Hollyhock
Orange Hollyhock

Last photo goes to this stunning ‘Encore’ Dahlia. This one is new to me this year and this first flower is quite impressive.

Own photo of a yellow dahlia called Encore.
‘Encore’ Dahlia

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening



  1. Mr P’s linky post for all those joining in is here.
  2. Check out Graeme’s pink Dandelions.
  3. Fred has some very pretty Pop Star Phlox.
  4. Noelle has also spotted a moth.
  5. The Dahlias are flowering in Wild Parenting’s garden.
  6. It’s winter in Sarah’s Australian garden, but she still has lots of colour.
  7. David has some lovely Agapanthus
  8. Cucumbers and a Monarda (I have one of these) in Linda’s garden.
  9. Always plenty to see in Jim’s Cornish garden.
  10. Roses and everlasting sweetpeas in Granny’s garden.

36 thoughts on “🌺The Hollyhocks Are Here. My English Country Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

  1. Despite the lack of rain you’re plants are looking good. That ‘Velvet Queen’ sunflower is very impressive as is the caterpillar! We’ve had rain pretty much every day in Somerset this past week. The garden needed it initially but it’s getting boring now. I hope you get some proper rain soon.

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  3. Cold wet Cornwall it certainly is at the moment. It’s easy for holidaymakers, the good weather was the week before they came and the week after they went home. Your sunflower is fabulous, and encouraging in the sense that it motivates me to keep up my battle with slugs in hopes at least one of mine will reach flowering size.

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    • When I put mine out I did sprinkle some sand around them, it may have helped, but I do have a dry garden being on heath land. I was half a tourist as it’s never quite a holiday when we visit the farm.


  4. Very impressed with your hollyhocks and the moth caterpillar! Love your sunflower too. We have had so much rain in Devon lately, we must be due another dry spell soon!

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  5. Oh a farm visit to Cornwall sounds great 👍 Your hollyhocks are exquisite, love the pastel colours! 🌸💮🌼

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  6. My garden has been taken over by hollyhocks too. There were a few seeds planted about 5 years ago and they have spread out mostly down the right side of the garden. That caterpillar has a prehistoric look to it, I must look up the fully grown moth. Pretty Six-on-Saturday again.

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