Monday 8 July 2024

Rounding the Year: Hollyhocks With Minds of Their Own

Hollyhocks are among my favourite flowers of summer. They appear in my garden every year, but have a mind of their own where they want to grow. 

The one in the photo self-seeded by the back wall of my house near the kitchen door. I've tried collecting seeds and sowing them in flowerbeds, but they rarely take root there. Instead I find them popping up through cracks in paths. I let them flourish even if it means I have to walk around them. This isn't only because I like them, it's also because the bees love them too. 

What's in bloom in your area that you love?

Share your seasonal photos!

I recently started prompts to share seasonal pictures, art, crafts, words and other creativity. I'll continue this over the months ahead. I'd love to encourage readers to record what's happening in nature in various ways including photographs, journalling, drawing or painting and crafting.

Here are ways to share the things you're doing or what you see out and about as the wheel turns:

  • Leave a comment on this post about what you're up to
  • Find my prompts to share on my Facebook Page: Lucya Starza Pagan Portals Author
  • Share on Instagram or X (formerly Twitter) with the tag #RoundingtheYear

Where to find my book

My book Pagan Portals - Rounding the Wheel of the Year offers more ways to acknowledge and celebrate the seasons in ritual, magic, folklore and nature. You can view the book on Amazon, find it at estoeric bookshops including Treadwell's at 3, Store St, London, WC1E 7BS, or via my publisher Moon Books:

(Note: I earn commission from some links.)

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