Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer hollyhocks in the Deux Sèvres

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, white

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, so I thought a wander around the garden would be a nice way to mark this special occasion. The sun has been shining for a whole week so it feels like summer at last and although the sunflowers in the fields are not quite in flower, the hollyhocks in the garden are putting on a great display. 

I love our hollyhocks as every year they self-seed all over our garden, giving us tall spires of vibrant colours. They also decorate the roads all around our village and can be found in the surrounding villages all the way to the coastal resorts of the Charente-Maritime. Here are just some of the colours I found flowering today, in our garden. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Here's to a great summer!


French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, pale yellow

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, white with a hint of pink

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, two pinks

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, dark pink

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, cerise pink

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, deep pink

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, dark purple

French Village Diaries summer hollyhocks Deux Servres Poitou-Charentes France
Summer hollyhocks, almost black