I have tried to have a flower garden at my house for over 30 years, but it wasn't until our son installed a 100 foot chain link fence last spring (to keep the dogs from running all over the yard) that I was able to grow the sweet peas and other flowers that I've desired. So, last December, I soaked my sweet peas overnight and they surprised me by sprouting immediately and growing to over 7 feet tall! They have done very well in this sunny location and I've picked many of them for bouquets. Unfortunately, the 100 degree days have finally zapped them and they are going to seed. I also planted some hollyhock seeds at the same time and they, too, immediately sprouted. They are now starting to open up and bloom. Aren't they pretty? This is the first time I have EVER successfully grown them and I am enjoying watching them open. I planted some leftover sunflower seeds and they, too have sprouted and grown. I'll have to think and plan what I want to grow there next year. The summer heat will take its toll on everything growing there now except for the sunflowers. I'll rip out my sweet peas this weekend and think about what to plant in their place. I seem to have recovered from my headache/flu, although I now have a runny nose, so I'll drive up to see the horses this afternoon.