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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The Tobacco Hornworm in his element, dining on my Tomato leaves and stem. I always know when I have a Hornworm on my plant because of the “Grenade Bomb” frass that is typically found all around on the ground (frass is a polite word for Hornworm Poop).

I have some Nicotiana sylvestris nearby where I relocate this juicy caterpillars. It is a host plant for the worm which turns into a wonderfully fascinating night pollinator, the Sphinx Moth. It sounds like a good plan to kill something that is eating up your tomatoes but we really should step back and think of other alternatives than death for this beautiful moth… plant some Nicotiana, which is equally as magnificent as the moth!

This is a Tobacco Hornworm (vs Tomato Hornworm) because it has a red tail spike and stripes instead of v shaped markings.

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A little baby Eastern American Toad. The oval pooches behind and in line with eyes indicate a Toad, not a frog.
We love our TOADS! On the hunt for insects and bad bugs.

A little baby Eastern American Toad. The oval pooches behind and in line with eyes indicate a Toad, not a frog.

We love our TOADS! On the hunt for insects and bad bugs.

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Fun barware, in my vintage shop, http://ForsythiaHill.etsy.com.

Glasses and a mini sold wood chopping block for those lemons, limes, and cherries!

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Finally, I have figured out that this creeping dense little weed is Japanese Clover, Kummerowia striataa known garden pest introduced to the US in the mid 1800’s. First spotted in Charleston, Virginia. Sadly, recommended as a field cover so now we have it invading lawns. It was pecked at by my chickens so there must be some nutritional benefit since it is in the clover family. It’s blooming right now in Central Virginia - wee teeny little things. Quite pretty actually.

It has a very deep root system and is hard to pull out. Smothers everything in its path.

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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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