What a whopper - 16ft tall hollyhock plant still growing in Aylmerton couple’s garden

Robert and Brenda Mallett's hollyhock plant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Robert and Brenda Mallett's hollyhock plant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

It's as tall as a house and still growing.

Robert and Brenda Mallett's hollyhock plant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Robert and Brenda Mallett's hollyhock plant. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Brenda and Robert Mallett are no strangers to tall hollyhock plants in their garden.

But their latest, at nearly 16ft in height, surely takes the biscuit.

The couple, from Aylmerton, near Cromer, reckon that it could be the tallest in Norfolk - and it's climbing further up their house every day.

Mr Mallett said: 'It was planted in the springtime and will probably keep on growing up until about October.


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'I don't know why this hollyhock plant has grown much taller than all those before it, other than that my wife nursed it along, and put a lot of kindness into it.'

The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last year and have three children and five grandchildren.

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The tallest hollyhock, as reported in the Guinness Book of World Records, was 19ft, 7ins, grown at West Clandon, Surrey, in 1978.

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