Hollyhocks are in bloom all over the city of Albuquerque in June. But I can always depend on finding their cheery color on Church Street in Old Town this time of year and wanted to share them with you. The shady garden walls on the north side of the historic church protect this lovely patch of flowers from the hot desert sun.
They bloom amid the cactus just outside the dooryard of a popular cafe on the street. A hint at just how hardy hollyhocks can be.
The pink hues are my favorite. . . .
But white is second in line.
Gorgeous against the blue window frames popular in New Mexico.
Whatever the color, I love to see their stocks growing in masses along the smooth adobe walls surrounding the buildings.
A few rose varieties thrive here too where they are a bit more shaded from the afternoon sun.
A little less attractive, perhaps, is the bloom of this prickly pear cactus. A number of varieties are in bloom now as well.
I have always found hollyhocks a challenge to grow, but they often seem to grow right out of the sidewalk in the most unlikely places!
Another hardy bloom is this simple but reliable desert rose with it's sweet pale pink color.
A beautiful nameless rose of vibrant color.
Hollyhocks and roses are such a natural together. How often have you seen them pictured beside each other in scenes of a quintessential cottage garden?
This is one of my favorite spots to visit on a summer day in the city.
I hope you enjoyed coming along for the stroll!
Have a lovely week ahead, my friends!
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