My husband picked out a package of seeds for purple hollyhocks last summer and planted them in the garden. They sprouted, grew leaves and survived being transplanted. I think they enjoyed our mild winter. Hollyhock plants bloom the second year, and when spring came, they put out lots of large leaves and then sent up tall flower spikes. The large round flowers opened, a purple so deep it was almost black. The stamens were filled with bright yellow pollen, which dropped onto the lower petals of the flowers. Now the seed pods are ripe, breaking open and dropping their abundance back into the garden. Do you think we’ll have purple hollyhocks again?