The very first time I saw hollyhocks, they looked like this. You can see how they would make a big impression on a little person.
They were in the shade of the house when the sky was finally clear enough for a nice blue background. For this shot I laid down on the path next to them and shot straight up in arpeture priority mode.
This way I was able to get shots where the hollyhocks were either totally black against the sky (cool looking), or more naturally coloured as in this case. (Sorry it is so small, but I figure you dont have all day to read blogs - maybe most of the day - but not all of it.)