Lee wrote in Lee May's Gardening Life, a post in part about regional plant envy. It was a post about how as gardeners, we envy plants that grow elsewhere so much that we make futile attempts to grown them in our gardens. I have a friend who continues to try to grown potted azaleas in Santa Fe. Sometimes, I covet hydrangeas. However, I've never attempted to try to grow one here. My variation on the theme is not only do I envy plants that grow in other climes. I also envy plants of other gardeners that grow in Santa Fe, especially the hollyhocks below.As I've driven around the roundabout towards my house, I've seen these fantastic hollyhocks that tower towards the sky. They're over eight feet high. The owners live on the corner and they don't have a hell strip, but some large squares cut out of the concrete where they've planted hollyhocks.
The white ones are lovely, too. Hollyhocks aren't hard to plant. They're one of the few plants that I've grown from seed, but mine have never looked this spectacular.