Wild hollyhocks I grew from seed
North of Granada, wild hollyhocks grow in abundance. Usually, the flowers are a pale pink, so when I discovered a hollyhock with deep, glowing pink flowers growing by the river near our former home, Los Ortices, Loja, I collected some of the seeds. The climate of Almeria is very different from the latter, but I did manage to rear some seedlings, only one of which survived. I transferred it to a large pot and, with a bit of tender loving care, which included plenty of watering and regular applications of Miracle-Gro, I was rewarded with a robust, healthy plant. The flowers are even more beautiful than those of the original plant from which I obtained the seeds.
The pot outside our entrance
The pot stands at the entrance to where we are staying on Maria’s Farm, Las Negras, and has caused something of a sensation. The neighbours ask what the plant is called and whether I can save some seeds for them.
We thought we would let you know about Flamenco in Las Negras tomorrow evening (Saturday). Outside La Bodeguiya at 1830 a group which includes the dancer Mayte Beltran will be performing. Later in the evening diners at Las Barcas will be entertained by another flamenco group which includes the dancer Tania Santiago. Here is a pastel drawing of Mayte which I did from her last appearance in Las Negras.
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