Photos of Red Hollyhocks and Simple Adobe Photoshop Tips
There's Something Special About Tall Spikes of Deep Red Hollyhocks
The botanical name for Hollyhocks is Alcea
I always wanted to grow hollyhocks in my garden, but for years I was unsuccessful, even though they are said to be easy to grow. Looking back, I think it was because London clay can be very solid, and needs to be broken up, fertilized and mulched, to make it more plant-friendly.
However, a couple of years ago, I re-designed my garden, put in some new topsoil, and planted a few hollyhock seeds, and hey-presto, up popped some little hollyhocks which soon grew taller than me.
The Colors Were Spectacular and of Course I Had to Take Photographs of my Hollyhocks for Posterity
And taking photographs means, for me, playing around a bit on Photoshop, so have a look, and see which style you like best.
Dark Red Hollyhocks
A rich dark red
My hollyhocks weren't very exciting the first year, but they became established, and put on a splendid show the following year, and again this year.
Hollyhocks have big round leaves which are quite ornamental in spring, and the flowers develop in summer and autumn. They grow up to about 6 ft high, but some of them are much shorter - about 2-3 ft high.
Dark Red Hollyhocks
Here are Some Bright Red Hollyhocks
Well, I call them red, but you might call them bright pink hollyhocks
This is my favorite picture of hollyhocks.
But, can you see, the leaves look much paler on the left of the picture? That is because they have been attacked by rust. Unfortunately, hollyhocks do tend to be prone to rust.
As rust tends to spread, it's best to burn the leaves and not use them for compost, in order to make sure that the rust spores are not recycled in your garden, only to infect future generations.
Further down this page, you will see various changes I have made to this hollyhock photo, using my Photoshop Elements 10 Programme, which I was given for Christmas.
Bright Red Hollyhocks
This is a Photoshopped Version of the Same Hollyhock Picture
I "Liquified" the Above Photoshopped Version of the Same Hollyhock Picture
I used the "liquify" tool to get this effect and turn it into a hollyhock pattern
Curvy Hollyhock Pattern:
- First I went to the programme labelled "distort"
- and then "liquify"
- I then elongated and curved the petals and leaves to make them into a swirly but still mildly realistic pattern
William Morris, here I come!!
(William Morris is a family hero really - we all love his floral designs, which you still see everywhere, on upholstery, wallpaper and as framed prints. My grandson was even named after him, though the family call him Billy.)
When the Weather is Dry, You Need to Water Your Tender Plants - Especially the Garden Plants Which Don't Have Deep Roots
If you are watering a large area, a garden hose is essential, to my mind.
In the UK we occasionally have a summer hose ban. I've tried watering the garden with a watering can, and if it is just a question of watering a few potted plants, that works fine, but it's very tedious to water the whole garden without a hosepipe, and, being nearly 80 years old, I certainly wouldn't recommend it, unless you have the strength of an ox, and a high threshold of boredom with repetitive jobs.
Red Hollyhocks Customized
Red Hollyhocks customized
Another quite different version of the same hollyhock picture
I did this using Photoshop - to make the hollyhocks stand out in relief
- First I went to "show all"
- And then pointed on "custom" and applied it.
This made the flowers and leaves stand out, so that you feel you could physically run your hand over them and feel the different levels - very effective, I thought.
Red Hollyhocks Water Colour
Red Hollyhocks Water Colour
Yet another Photoshopped version of the same hollyhock photograph
This time I used the Photoshop programme called "watercolour" to stylize the hollyhocks.
I thought it was interesting, but that this effect might actually look better on some other photograph.
Do comment in my Comments section at the foot of this page about what you thought of it.
The Photoshop Programme I use is Photoshop Elements 10 but There are Now More Recent Photoshop Programmes
You can use the Photoshop programme to edit or resize your photos, add or remove parts of a picture, draw on a picture, add text, re-color it, and change the lighting, shadows, and intensity of colors.
The Popular Programme Listed Below is for More Advanced Users, Maybe Art and Photography Students, Artists and Professionals
As well as doing a professional job, Photoshop is very entertaining to use - I'm afraid I spend hours on it just fiddling around. There are masses of videos on the internet giving instruction about how to use the various tools, because it is so popular.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premier Elements 2018 - This is the Really Up-To-Date Version
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