Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. ~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers
I planted Hollyhock seeds last year, but they failed to grow. Imagine my surprise when we went to visit Mama on Mother's Day and there standing proudly along the fence was a grand Hollyhock!