Beverly at the blog How Sweet the Sound has a great idea! It's Pink Saturday. Post about something pink, on Saturday. Here are the rules if you want to Get Pink!
If you stroll along Main Street in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, you'll come to a large open space - an entire city block - brimming with flowers behind a chain link fence. These pink hollyhocks were blooming here starting in June this summer.
Did you grow hollyhocks as a kid? My mother did. She taught me how to pick the flower and turn it upside down and make a little lady, wearing a long dress!
This is the Santa Monica Community Garden. Thriving in this spot since 1976, it has 65 individual garden plots for residents to use.
What I love about it is the absolute wild riot of plants that thrive. There are vegetable plots among the flowers, but it's the flowers that catch your eye as you walk by. The hollyhocks are the most striking and impressive plants, but there are also lush rose bushes; plots full of cosmos; huge vigorous shrubs of brugmansia, or "Angel's Trumpet", with their large bell-shaped flowers drooping down behind the chain link fence. Oh, and do "Angel's Trumpets" come in pink? Yes, they do indeed!
This garden is truly a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city. It's the perfect place for a stroll on Pink Saturday. C'mon down, and enjoy!