Hey, remember when I went to Idaho and took a whole bunch of photos of old houses that my family used to live in? Another thing I took was seeds from the Hollyhock plants that live outside the old homestead.  TSA enjoyed very much inspecting the large ziplock bag of seeds as though I'd tried to smuggle explosives onto the plane on my trip home.  

I planted them last Spring, but they never grew big enough to produce any flowers.  Disappointing.  

So we covered them with hay for the winter and managed to keep them alive until the thaw.  Then we transplanted them in May when The KingofHearts finished building these two awesome raised flower beds in front of our house.  And hey, take a look, when plants have decent soil to grow in, they respond in a positive way. 

My great-grandmother would be so proud.