Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A closeup exploration of my garden and pets incorporating my online shops, ForsythiaHill.etsy.com and DontUWantMe.etsy.com. I retain the copyright and reproduction rights on all my written text and photographs.

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This pretty purple blossom turns into an Eggplant!

It’s got a ways to go yet.

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Corianne with a 17’ tall Sunflower in John’s garden in the middle of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia!  Compared to the plant, it has little bitty flowers. A deer munched one down, stunted another and this lone one has climbed to the sky.

WOWZA!

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A little fun Techno for CAT LOVERS
Meow Mix Song | EDM Cat Remix by Ashworth

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I’m really happy I planted some Yellow Patio Tomato seeds that I got from my Seed Swap group. They are the only tomatoes that have not gotten munched. I always grow Peppers and Eggplants on my 2nd story patio cause they love the heat!

You would think with 2 acres I would find a safe place for veggies —- NOT. I’m finding that growing fruit (Strawberries, Raspberries, Figs, Blueberries) is worth me planting down below — plenty for me and the critters.

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Green eyed cat Gus felt left out — wants his place in the Sun ——

Green eyed cat Gus felt left out — wants his place in the Sun ——

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Snoopy cat Sylvie, looking through the screen door at me. She is a funny little thing.

Snoopy cat Sylvie, looking through the screen door at me. She is a funny little thing.

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My friend Sue just brought me this lovely pink and cream double blossom, Forever and Ever Together Hydrangea!

As her house is falling down she finds time to buy me a plant… we had a storm July 2 that blew rain INTO HER HOUSE. Leaking roof, contractors and the like.

A good friend is a plant friend! It is so lovely we’re hacking up more sod to extend our flower bed around it! You can see my outline of pulled up grass where we will dig out all the grass around the little wee hydrangea and make a new bed.

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First pile of ripe yellow yard peaches - not the prettiest on the outside since they are Organic but yummy on the inside! 

First pile of ripe yellow yard peaches - not the prettiest on the outside since they are Organic but yummy on the inside! 

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Some flowers picked from the garden this morning.

From Kate’s Garen - How LOVELY - thanks Kate - my cats would eat those blossoms UP!

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This little lavender thistle looking plant is actually a Centaura, Centaurea Biebersteinii, Spotted Knapweed, or Starthistle. I’ve had it growing in a little natural area under one of our White Pine Trees for a few years now. I left it because the pollinators really love it! It will reseed but looks great under this massive Pine. Rather delicate.

I’m not sure what took me so long to figure this one out, it ended up being in one of my favorite plant Species! I love Centaurea macrocephala and cornflowers!

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My sheer pink Naked Ladies are blooming! Amaryllis belladonna is a very interesting plant. It fooled two people that I gave bulbs to last year. They both thought the plant was dead because what happens in the Spring is the wide strappy foilage appears and then disappears, then a few months later, SURPRISE, here comes the bloom!

It’s a fun plant to have. It’s also called referred to as Magic Lily, the Resurrection Lily, and Surprise Lily.

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I love watching the Bumble bees on the Bull Thistle. They walk around and around with their heads buried in the magenta flower pillow as if intoxicated by the nectar they are collecting.

Thistle is scorned by farmers and I’ve always been told to get rid of the thistle. Rightly so as it can be invasive but I’m going to snip off each bloom as the purple top fades and hope that no seeds will scatter in my yard. We’ll see if I can manage nature while letting the pollinators enjoy it!

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The Pink Hibiscus is going crazy right now. The white blooms first and now has faded on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It’s a perennial so will come back again next year… YAY!

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The Bee Assassin Bug, Apiomerus crassipes. WHO KNEW! ? I am very familiar with solid black assassin bug that eats many insect pests but this is my first sighting of the red and black Bee Assassin Bug! Hiding (in clear view) on my Russian Sage which is covered in… GUESS WHAT… BEES
It sadly had a little bee in its clutches and was not about to let this treasure go. The good news is that it not only consumes bees but other critters that might be considered “bad news” for our gardens. So live and let live as the saying goes on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Bee Assassin BugApiomerus crassipes. WHO KNEW! ? I am very familiar with solid black assassin bug that eats many insect pests but this is my first sighting of the red and black Bee Assassin Bug! Hiding (in clear view) on my Russian Sage which is covered in… GUESS WHAT… BEES

It sadly had a little bee in its clutches and was not about to let this treasure go. The good news is that it not only consumes bees but other critters that might be considered “bad news” for our gardens. So live and let live as the saying goes on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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My neighbors have hired a crew to bulldoze and haul off, in dump trucks, their Forsythia hedge. You can see it gone on the right side of the driveway and the left is in process of being bulldozed.
I know you can do what u want with your property but give a little thought to our critters before you spend thousands of dollars to destroy nature. Foxes, skunks, chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife rely on bushy areas for cover.
We continue to think we can beat nature, mowing it down and ripping it out. May be we should work with it instead of against it.
I’m glad I expanded my Forsythia hedge, may be the poor critters will come over here for cover!

My neighbors have hired a crew to bulldoze and haul off, in dump trucks, their Forsythia hedge. You can see it gone on the right side of the driveway and the left is in process of being bulldozed.

I know you can do what u want with your property but give a little thought to our critters before you spend thousands of dollars to destroy nature. Foxes, skunks, chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife rely on bushy areas for cover.

We continue to think we can beat nature, mowing it down and ripping it out. May be we should work with it instead of against it.

I’m glad I expanded my Forsythia hedge, may be the poor critters will come over here for cover!

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