July 20, 2014

old fashioned

Hollyhocks are way older than just old fashioned.  Holy cow!

"The hollyhock has been around for a very long time. 
The common name comes from 
“holy” plus hoc, “mallow.” 
Possibly it was called “hock leaf” because it was used to 
reduce swelling in horses’ hocks 
when Crusading soldiers brought it to Britain. 
It has been grown for so long in the western world 
that the origins of the name are not clear. 

Herbs found in the fifty-thousand-year-old grave of a Neanderthal man 
included the 
remains of hollyhocks. "

When Hollyhocks come to mind, cottage gardens and thached roofs come to mind.  
Maybe it all the prints showing them right there by the door