I love the transparency of hollyhock petals, especially in the late afternoon light. Yesterday Joe and I were working on our rental and I took the camera along to get some shots of the newly varnished wooden floors. As I walked into the garden, I was distracted - for more than a moment - by the light streaming on to the hollyhocks.
I surprised this bee, dusty with pollen.
The next moment it was gone, looking for an uninterrupted feed.
The petals are much more ruffled than the pink variety and I can't see anything similar in my quick google search, leading to my unqualified opinion that they must be quite rare!
Regardless, I won't trust these hollyhocks to seed collection alone - I will be digging them up and taking them with me to the garden of the 33rd house.