That's a beautiful colour PJ. Between you and FB you are really tempting me to try some next year, as they really are beautiful. If I do though, I will have to grow them at the lottie, as I fear there won't be room enough in my little garden for them (especially not after seeing Jilly's pictures of delphs in pots too!!)
My hollyhocks are fine, providing you don't examine the leaves too closely. They look a bit manky, pitted with dark spots. I planted the seeds directly in the soil a couple of years ago and forgot about them.
Looking great FB. Mine are against a wall in the oh say half a centimeter of space between the paving and the wall. I just bunged the seeds in and away they grew ( no flowers in the first season ) The ones in my gravel tend to flop over or break when the winds hit us again so yes lost most this weekend to thunder lightning and more. Good thing though they also grow well at MssK. Not as tall as the ones by my wall but good enough and those sit in soil that gets everything including a lot of water. Maybe they tucked their roots in under the path next to the fence.
Weeds are nature's revolution against the government of the gardener.