My dear friend, Joyful, has told me the story that in Elizabethan times young ladies would never ask about the location of the outhouse.
This would have been considered indelicate.
As manners were as important then as they should be today, hollyhocks were planted along the path to the privy.
So, young ladies did not have to ask.
They just followed the hollyhocks.
While outhouses may be a thing of the past, don't let that stop you from planting hollyhocks. They lend charm to any cottage garden.
These lovely photos are from our garden. We have drifts of hollyhocks scattered here and there.
I think they are just perfect in our Stone Cottage Adventures! ;-) -Marci