While native to Asia and Europe, hollyhocks also do well in New Mexico. Those featured below are at the parish church of Saint Joseph in Springer, New Mexico. The pastor there has a very green thumb and cultivates many flowers and even grapes in the gardens around his church and parish offices.

Springer is about three and a half hours from us and is currently part of a very green area of our State. Abundant rains there have promoted the flourishing of flora and envied by us in the north central mountains of New Mexico, much in need of rain.

This year has been designated by Pope Francis as the “Year of Saint Joseph,” Patron of the Universal Church, as well as of fathers, families, workers, immigrants, realtors and of a happy death.

Saint Joseph, pray for us!