I am, by no means an expert on flowers. I’m just a guy with low batteries in my point and shoot camera, walking in the back yard. These plants come up each year in one section of a flower bed. I’m sure I planted them there years ago, but I don’t recall what they are, possibly mallow. I am lucky today; it is overcast with just an occasional breath of wind. On many days, these flowers swing wildly on their four foot stems. In this slideshow, you may even see a few of the visitors I was lucky enough to catch before they moved on, as well as some long term residents incased in leaf galls.
Some interesting facts about mallow I found after the original posting:
The mallow family contains 85 genera (27 in US) for a total of 1,500 species. Hollyhock, hibiscus and cotton are all members of the Mallow family. This family is recognized by a 5-petaled, funnel-shaped flower and a distinctive column of numerous stamens surrounding the pistil.
Okra is the edible fruit of a type of hibiscus, and marshmallows were originally made from a variety of hollyhock.
The information for this section was found at: Wildflowers-and-Weeds.com.