28 March 2012

the Beauty of Hollyhock


 There is such elegance and beauty in the shop of Suzanne Rheinstein's HOLLYHOCK.
The exterior is pruned into an enchanted topiary cottage.

Owner Suzanne is At HOME - our host today.

"She tenders the branching hollyhock all abloom,"

A spirit haunts the year’s last hours
Dwelling amid these yellowing bowers:
To himself he talks;
For at eventide, listening earnestly,
At his work you may hear him sob and sigh
In the walks;
Earthward he boweth the heavy stalks
Of the mouldering flowers:
Heavily hangs the broad sunflower
Over its grave i’ the earth so chilly;
Heavily hangs the hollyhock,
Heavily hangs the tiger-lily......

Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!


God loved the flowers and invented soil.  
Man loved the flowers and invented vases.

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...

Suzanne's collection is beautifully edited- her shop is dedicated to her very personal aesthetic, in doing so-she gathers like-minded birds of a feather. I Am One.

The shop is a Joy to see-especially in a design world of sharp edges- kitschy shapes masquerading as chairs. 

Visiting Suzanne makes anyone with an inkling for a Shop of One's Own- to want it all the more-but Shops like this only exist in the enchanted world of HOLLYHOCK.


poems excerpted from various-on flowers & the Hollyhock


  1. You always find the most beautiful words...

  2. Hollyhock seems to always strike the perfect pitch. Wonderful inventory and no trendiness in sight. Mary

  3. Oh, what a wonderful post!

    Suzanne (Susahne") us how you say it! She is from New Orleans......

    She is sooo talented!!

    Lovely post!

  4. Every time I see photos of Hollyhock or Suzanne's work, it speaks to me so much! I am saving my pennies for her book and thank you for such a beautiful post.

  5. Love the poetry, the images, and especially the plant fairy names...all a delight.

  6. Wonderful images and poetry here...and after reading your last few posts, I am now pining for my home town and wanting to grow Hollyhocks!
    xo J~

  7. And count me in as another like-minded bird of a feather!! I wanted to move right in!



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