Weekly Photo Challenge: Old-Fashioned, 1

This challenge is fun, and the older you are (I’m OLD) the more fun it is —

Fashion is so fickle, goes in and out so quickly — that a vast variety of things from my experience and memories fall into this category!!!!

Leading off the challenge today with threeย OLD-FASHIONED FLOWERS:

Johnny Jump-Ups

Foxgloves, so pretty — and so deadly (digitalis, my dears)

and Hollyhocks like powderpuffs! Ah, an old-fashioned summer —-

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26 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Old-Fashioned, 1

  1. Therese Bertsch says:

    You started my day off with joy. I love flowers and you have captured some beauties!

  2. Stef says:

    Photo 1: I only knew of “Johnny Jump Up” as a baby bouncer. (http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=184&pfid=1687)
    Photo 2: Holy crap! I was totally unaware of this; and after a little probing on the internet, am grateful to you – but also a little freaked out by these flowers!
    Photo 3: Totally says “Old Hollywood” to me. Very cool.

    Thanks for the educational morning! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Re 1: Johnny Jump-ups are in the pansy family but are much smaller. I love all pansies with their sweet little faces, but especially these tiny ones. Was delighted to discover at our new house they grow wild in the lawn in springtime!
      Re 2: I am a mystery freak, and so can reel you off all the flowers and shrubs in your garden that can kill you! Lots and lots and lots, he he he he he —- (Mystery readers are a strange breed and delight in such doubleness) —
      For instance, one memorable story’s solution was that the victim had been poisoned by eating grilled food deliberately skewered on an oleander twig — check out oleander!
      Agatha Christie an excellent source for poison info —

      And have a fun day! ;-D

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Forgot to mention this important point:
        First medicines came from gardens! And many still do —-
        Digitalis happens to be poisonous, but it’s also an important medicine for heart diseases —

      • Stef says:

        As I researched digitalis, I did see that it (along with many other herbs) are interesting in that they are curative in certain doses, and fatal in others… Talk about needing balance!

        But your post made me a little leery to step outside… or have dinner with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        J/K. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Touch2Touch says:

        I see that you could easily become a mystery reader and say, like Inspector Clouzot (Peter Sellers) in the Pink Panther movies:
        I suspect everyone! and I suspect no one!!!!!
        ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. fb says:

    Johnny Jump Ups, maybe so, but what came to my mind straightaway was Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Not the worst image in the world for a delightful flower.

  4. Margaret says:

    Funny! I was also thinking about hollyhocks for this topic. My mother had them and always said they were old-fashioned… can’t imagine why–they are lovely! And here in Chile they grow like weeds along the side of the road.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      How lovely your roadsides must be in Chile!

      I think of them as old-fashioned because they were favorites in “cottage gardens” — like the ones of my youth (and that is long long ago!). And they are not sold in flower shops, they have to come from someone’s garden! Which doesn’t seem a modern concept —

      Thanks very much for coming by and commenting, Margaret!

  5. I love hollyhocks ๐Ÿ™‚ That is a beautiful photo.

  6. pauline says:

    Such lovely flower photos. The more you pick those little Jump-up faces, the more appear, just like their bigger pansy cousins. And they smell delightful. I’ve never grown foxglove but when I first moved into my cottage, the hollyhocks were everywhere. My landlady and I even dubbed my abode “Hollyhock Cottage.” She made dolls of them by taking them apart somehow and inserting one part of the flower into another. Somewhere I have a photo…

  7. Patti Kuche says:

    Crying in my cups with these gorgeous photos of flowers left behind and the heart-rendering digitalis springing up in the hedgerows of the English countryside!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Well, perhaps it should be heart-mendering, Patti ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hedgerows are hard to come by, admittedly, in Central Park and environs! But they’ve got some lovely gardens and flowers in various parts of the park (as I’m sure you already know) and perhaps you could stroll around in them and think green thoughts of England —

  8. Lucinda says:

    I know Johnny jump ups as violas. I like how fb thinks though. I’m a huge Mickey and Minnie fan.

    The double hollyhock is BEAUTIFUL! What a great doll these would make.

    Love all your flower pics. Thanks for sending Stef over to my blog. I’m glad to have met you both!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Viola is Johnny Jump-up’s grownup name!
      You’ve got a photo of my very favorite movie of all time on your blog, Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) —
      It’s my Disneyland, my Wonderland, the works!
      Nice to meet you, Lucinda!

  9. ceceliafutch says:

    Great photos for this challenge! Love them; beautiful shots.

  10. Barbara says:

    Hollyhocks are beautiful but the problem with them is that they are biennials – they bloom in alternate years. So if you want a row of hollyhocks every year, plan on a two-year planting schedule.

    As for digitalis, it used to be used as a cosmetic to enhance the eyes. Evidently, it can expand the pupil, giving the eyes a large lustrous look and, of course, letting more light into the eye, which then could cause blindness. A dangerous flower, indeed. BTW, we do have them growing at the back of our garden. Lovely.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thank you for the Gardener’s Update! Maybe the extra work is why hollyhocks are old-fashioned rather than ร  la mode —
      The whole pharmaceutical uses of plants is fascinating: beauty and functionality and death all mingle in the garden.

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