Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Little Pickerel Frog we fished out of our pool this morning in Charlottesville, Virginia.
What a looker! It was about the size of my thumb. I LOVE FROGS!

Little Pickerel Frog we fished out of our pool this morning in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What a looker! It was about the size of my thumb. I LOVE FROGS!

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It’s FALL - time for the Hot Air Balloons to Rise and Fall over Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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I’ve said it for years and years, I HATE GRASS but the more I study native plants, the more I LIKE GRASS… just not this one. For so long I have been turning a blind eye to the thing I HATE and today I decided to crack open a book and figure out what this flowering grass is in our yard.

We were so proud to be letting it go to seed (for some lame reason we thought it was Fescue) and during my brief research, discovered it to be CRAB GRASS. UGH — it immediately was mowed down - I hate Crab Grass more than Grass. Nasty, nasty stuff. No wonder there is so much of it around - LOOK AT ALL THESE SEED HEADS.      I C K Y. 

We have some beautiful native grasses in our one wild area trying to battle out this crappy grass. It’s going to be an uphill climb for the natives.

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I spotted this little White Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae hanging out on our front screen door.  
A white butterfly is said to be a pure soul, or a guardian spirit watching over you. 
The two black dots which barely show through the sheer wings indicates it’s a GIRL (males have one dot).
She actually is a pale yellow but is called white. Her green worm babies are a garden pest dining on cabbage, kale, & nasturtium. There is a larger species called the Large White Butterfly that is similar but larger and has striped brown and white worm babies.
Predator insects and birds dine on this insect in all its forms but typically I still have to feed some of the worms to the chickens in order to save my Kale crop! The butterfly is a pollinator so that’s a good thing!

I spotted this little White Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae hanging out on our front screen door.  

A white butterfly is said to be a pure soul, or a guardian spirit watching over you. 

The two black dots which barely show through the sheer wings indicates it’s a GIRL (males have one dot).

She actually is a pale yellow but is called white. Her green worm babies are a garden pest dining on cabbage, kale, & nasturtium. There is a larger species called the Large White Butterfly that is similar but larger and has striped brown and white worm babies.

Predator insects and birds dine on this insect in all its forms but typically I still have to feed some of the worms to the chickens in order to save my Kale crop! The butterfly is a pollinator so that’s a good thing!

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My reseeding Marigold Patch. Every year I look forward to this maintenance free zone beside our shed. I collected this seed from a friend’s yard and it reliably comes back year after year on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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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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