Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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A wee little blue Morning Glory to gaze upon as you awaken.

A wee little blue Morning Glory to gaze upon as you awaken.

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Little Dwarf Pale Blue Bearded Iris on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
It only grows to about 1’ tall and it looks really good growing within the root crevices of a big old tree.

Little Dwarf Pale Blue Bearded Iris on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It only grows to about 1’ tall and it looks really good growing within the root crevices of a big old tree.

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I adore Virginia Bluebells. They reseed readily and are a Virginia shade loving native plant. Blooming early in the Spring, the foliage dies back soon after. Every year I wonder if there is really something “down there” and have to be careful to not accidentally dig it up! This plant would look wonderful as a ground cover for the American Redbud Tree which is also in bloom right now in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Sunset over Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia last night.

Sunset over Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia last night.

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Exquisite Dragonfly on a Lotus leaf in a private garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

Exquisite Dragonfly on a Lotus leaf in a private garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

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Happy Labor Day off for most of us! Relax and experience nature somehow today.
Blue Morning Glory in full bloom now on Forsythia Hill.  It looks smashing with the yellow Black Eyed Susan.

Happy Labor Day off for most of us! Relax and experience nature somehow today.

Blue Morning Glory in full bloom now on Forsythia Hill.  It looks smashing with the yellow Black Eyed Susan.

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A black morph of a female Tiger Swallowtail. Female Tigers can be yellow or black and will be showier than the males, having more blue.
This Tiger was enjoying my pink Cleome and stayed here for some time.

A black morph of a female Tiger Swallowtail. Female Tigers can be yellow or black and will be showier than the males, having more blue.

This Tiger was enjoying my pink Cleome and stayed here for some time.

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This is the teeny weeny Eastern Tailed Blue Hairstreak, Blue Everes comyntas .  I had no idea there were so many different types of Hairstreak Butterflies.  You can see the little tails on the second photo.  The round black circle dots and orange spots help identify this type of Hairstreak.

My Creeping Thyme plant really attracts a lot of teeny flying insects.

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Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying a Butterfly Bush Bloom.  
Males do not sport the blue spots!
Photo taken yesterday during the Charlottesville, Virginia Master Gardeners tour, Through the Garden Gate.

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying a Butterfly Bush Bloom.  

Males do not sport the blue spots!

Photo taken yesterday during the Charlottesville, Virginia Master Gardeners tour, Through the Garden Gate.

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Not all Hydrangea bloom pink or blue (some only white) but those that bloom colors ranging from pink through blue to purple usually are known as mopheads and lacecaps. 
The soil makeup will dictate if the coloring is pink (alkaline) or blue (acid). My hydrangea is a bit confused — I have quite the assortment of colors this year on Forsythia Hill.

Not all Hydrangea bloom pink or blue (some only white) but those that bloom colors ranging from pink through blue to purple usually are known as mopheads and lacecaps.

The soil makeup will dictate if the coloring is pink (alkaline) or blue (acid). My hydrangea is a bit confused — I have quite the assortment of colors this year on Forsythia Hill.

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A weee Garden Urn planted with the little blue flowers of Lithodora diffusa.
I took the photo during historic garden week in Richmond, Virginia.

A weee Garden Urn planted with the little blue flowers of Lithodora diffusa.

I took the photo during historic garden week in Richmond, Virginia.

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The annual Piedmont Master Gardeners, Through the Garden Gate, garden tour series just started this past Saturday!
This is a great seasonal tour in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Virginia Bluebells are blooming now!  LOVELY.
Read all about it http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com

The annual Piedmont Master Gardeners, Through the Garden Gate, garden tour series just started this past Saturday!

This is a great seasonal tour in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Virginia Bluebells are blooming now!  LOVELY.

Read all about it http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com

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This beautiful Genii stands on a side section of the Jefferson bronze statue that sits in front of the beloved Rotunda in Charlottesville, Virginia at UVA. Crafted by Moses Ezekiel in 1910 who was Jewish.
The entire sculpture shows a 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson perched atop of the Liberty Bell reading from the text of the Declaration of Independence. Around the bell are four lovely winged spirits (or Genii) that embody Liberty, Equality, Justice and Religious Freedom. 
This is my favorite figure on the statue and apparently it is Equality (see the scales).
Jefferson said the statute was one of his three greatest legacies, the other two being the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the University of Virginia.  So this is indeed a very special piece of history.

This beautiful Genii stands on a side section of the Jefferson bronze statue that sits in front of the beloved Rotunda in Charlottesville, Virginia at UVA. Crafted by Moses Ezekiel in 1910 who was Jewish.

The entire sculpture shows a 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson perched atop of the Liberty Bell reading from the text of the Declaration of Independence. Around the bell are four lovely winged spirits (or Genii) that embody Liberty, Equality, Justice and Religious Freedom. 

This is my favorite figure on the statue and apparently it is Equality (see the scales).

Jefferson said the statute was one of his three greatest legacies, the other two being the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the University of Virginia.  So this is indeed a very special piece of history.

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The blooming of my Blue Hyacinth… in my garden on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One of the first Spring arrivals.  I shot the development of this bulb over 20 days from 2/25 - 3/15.

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The mighty Oak on Forsythia Hill captured yesterday evening in a brilliant pink and blue sunrise in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The mighty Oak on Forsythia Hill captured yesterday evening in a brilliant pink and blue sunrise in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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