This wet summer, the leaves have rusted right off my hollyhocks. I've been trying to let the poor ragged plants stand for as long as possible so the seeds can ripen, but now that the Japanese beetles are buzzing and chewing, it's time for them to come down.
First, a retrospective of their decidedly old-fashion comfort and glory:
They were planted in the back-porch garden.
And grew so tall that they soon framed the view...
We saw a lot of rain and fog through the stand.
But clearing skies too.
And dazzling sunsets.
And lots of bees at work.
And I finally figured out what to do about the Japanese beetles eating holes in the flowers.
Send the kids to Photoshop camp!
See up above how that flower got chewed to pieces?
Now look again below: Fern fixed that flower right up, didn't she?
Take that, you beetles!