So I decided to give up, let the hollyhock take over, since that's what it wants to do and other flowers don't want to live.
Except, of course, for wildflowers and morning glory.
I transplanted a few, hoping they live coz they're shallow-rooted.
And took a break to enjoy the beautiful day with my cat, Binky. Cats are the greatest nature lovers. They always seem to take great joy in us being outside in "their" element with them.
Brad added to the beauty of the moment when he saw this pic by asking if Binky was ... fertilizing the plants.