Aug 20-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: August: Aug 20-08
Fancy Daylily    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Judy Byykkonen
Hollyhock border    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Judy Byykkonen
Strip garden    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Judy Byykkonen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 06:19 am:

From the looks of all the flowers in and around Judy Byykkonen's yard, she's been quite the busy lady, planting, weeding, watering and I hope enjoying too! If you look closely at the first photo of what I think is a variety of a Daylily, you'll see a whimsical little character eyeing up the flowers too. Maybe it's a good luck charm for growing beauties like she has or maybe his job is just to make you smile. :->

Then if you look around the Hollyhocks in the second photo, you'll find another's Judy's guard-squirrel. I wonder if it works as good as a scarecrow at keeping pests away?

And finally we get a glimpse of what Judy calls, "my teeny, tiny piece of earth". It may be just a small plot of land, but it certainly has produced an abundant crop of beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us all, Judy!

By Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 06:23 am:

Thanks for the lovely pics!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 07:08 am:

I love flowers. I think that's what I like summer, the beauty is never ending (besides which it isn't cold). I have little characters sticking in all of my flower beds too. The first thing I noticed in the first picture was the cute little flamingo. Thanks for sharing.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 08:43 am:

Judy, your garden is beautiful.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 09:22 am:

Lovely gardens there! This is so nice because these variety of flowers have expired their blooming time here, I get to enjoy them once again! Watch out for the bees!

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 09:37 am:

Beautiful gardens and sweet critters! I love the top one with her nose in the flower.

I've always thought that the copper country with its 'nordic' weather produced exceptionally wonderful gardens. Which reminds me, sadly, of the loss of Still Waters. Is the garden there maintained?

By Dorothy Stewart (Bootjackbabe) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 10:08 am:

Does anybody remember making "holly hock dolls"?? We would play for hours in our "field" behind the house in West Hancock making them. Such wonderful memories. We also commented on how brutal the winters can be in the UP but the wild flowers always come back in their glory. The sweet-peas seem to be hardy this year. My mother's class in Sacred Heart high school had them as their class flower. Never appreciated the wild flowers when we were kids, they seem more beautiful now.

By Ryan James Byykkonen (Rbyykkonen) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 10:10 am:

Nice Photos Mom!

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 02:15 pm:


By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 03:16 pm:

I remember Dorothy! My Grandmother would hang her laundry out on the clothes line and we would use the clothes pins as dolls and the holly hocks as dresses. We would sit under the silver maple tree and eat raspberries and make tea cups for the dolls out of the berries. we would fill them up with water and drink the raspberry Tea. I still dream occasionally of her back yard and the laundry stand, and the holly hocks are always there against her home swaying in the wind....

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 05:47 pm:

I have never grown hollyhocks but my mom grew them when I was young. And YES, we made hollyhock dolls -- it was such fun. I hope I can find a place to grow some in a few years and show my granddaughter how to make hollyhock dolls.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 06:35 pm:

I have never made hollyhock dolls, but I do remember a discussion about it on here before. It was just over 2 years ago. Here is the link:

By Tom (Tom) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 08:22 pm:

In west Hancock, along the railroad tracks there were all kinds of hollyhocks each summer. Really colorful.

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 10:49 am:

King James Bible
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

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