A few days ago I was on about short pants and how I so looked forward to starting school because that was the marker for my becoming a "man" and wearing long pants.
I found this picture of Little David before he started school.
So that your trip over here won't be a total washout, I include this snapshot of our black hollyhock. This flower is truly as near black as any I have ever seen. Here, as you can see, it is strongly back-lighted and the camera picked up the red undertones.