The Hollyhocks are being idle. I don't know what they think they are going to achieve by loafing around, flaunting their green buds. Even my dear friend Caroline, who claims to avoid gardening, has photos of her hollyhocks in full bloom taken a month ago. I have told them that if they don't get their act together they will get frostbite. I admit that the location is a teeny bit shady but the effect will be utterly charming when they flower. One must suffer sometimes for Art.