This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I notice in March number of the Gardener's Monthly, an inquiry about the old-fashioned Hollyhock, if there is any place where they do flourish as in days of yore. In these parts they do. I have seen them for the last forty years, and if any change has taken place in that time, I think they are perfect. Some ten feet high with two hundred big, single, open-mouthed flowers, from 4 to 5 inches in diameter, of all colors, plain and notched edges, etc. There are a dozen kinds or more growing in our yard from year to year without any attention whatever. If any of the readers of the Gardener's Monthly wish seeds, I will collect some this summer for distribution of any color, from nearly black to pure white; as there are plenty of plants that have come up of their own seeding. When I first remember, my grand mother's yard was a wilderness of hollyhocks of various kinds.