This is our rouge Hollyhock plant. Actually, there are at least 2 in there! Charlie seems to remember me flinging a handful of misc. seeds into the garden last spring, hoping for some surprises. I was surprised, alright. Several seeds made an appearance only to croak a few days later. After a bit of research, I have learned that it is best to sow the seeds for Hollyhocks at the end of summer/early fall if you want blooms on your stalks come SPRING!
And, it seems that the neighborhood birds are back from their winter break....the finch feeder in the back garden has been loaded with birds all week.