Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Odd Gloriosa Daisy. This one bloom is an oddball in my big patch of yellow and rust Gloriosa Daisies. I’ll collect the seed from just this one bloom and see what I get next year ————————————— an interesting experiment.

Odd Gloriosa Daisy. This one bloom is an oddball in my big patch of yellow and rust Gloriosa Daisies. I’ll collect the seed from just this one bloom and see what I get next year ————————————— an interesting experiment.

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This just might be the prettiest Hydrangea blossom I’ve ever seen, named Youmefive, in Sue’s garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hydrangeas turn pink or blue based on the soil PH - this one seems to have decided to be a little acid and alkaline, mixing between the 2 colors. 

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My perennial Hibiscus in pink and white in Charlottesville, Virginia. They come back faithfully every year in July on Forsythia Hill.

It’s a plant that gets about 5’ tall and stays upright - doesn’t flop over. I’m not sure I can have a garden without it - a must have. I look forward to it every year. It’s stunning.

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I love to watch how this one perennial flower bed transforms itself each year. I have not added any plants to this flower bed - they all hide underground throughout the winter in Virginia awaiting to emerge!

It’s hard to believe that it begins as a dirt plot. The Daffodils open first, then the yellow Climbing Lady Banks over the door does its thing, then the climber action rotates over to the Coral native Honeysuckle Vine and yellow Hosta leaves unfurl. The purple Iris takes over and then onto the roses and yellow Daylilies.  Finally the Fushia Star Gazer Lily bursts open and the little purple Thymes begin attracting all sorts of pollinators.

Hard to believe that August can top this!

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I have one Sunflower that FINALLY made it to maturity in my garden. It seems every year something munches it down to the ground!  

This possibly is the multi-branching Russian Mammoth.  It is WAY COOL!

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My pretty little dwarf yellow Daylily.
I believe it is called Happy Smile and it makes me smile each year when it arrives!

My pretty little dwarf yellow Daylily.

I believe it is called Happy Smile and it makes me smile each year when it arrives!

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The first Daylily to bloom in my gardens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia this year. The others are bursting with buds and are soon to follow. 

The first Daylily to bloom in my gardens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia this year. The others are bursting with buds and are soon to follow. 

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Sweet Primrose that was transplanted from my Grandmothers Garden into mine.
Shared plants have such special meaning!

Sweet Primrose that was transplanted from my Grandmothers Garden into mine.

Shared plants have such special meaning!

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A garden oddity that I picked up at a plant sale for $1.00. It’s the hardy, scented, fushia bloom Cranesbill Geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum. Lovely and appears to be spreading nicely in my shade garden on Forsythia Hill.

Very hardy perennial and sturdy plant, a great one for the garden! Smells strongly divine. 

It apparently likes sun but I have it in deep shade and it is loving it here as well.

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I love this delicate Cream Bearded Iris with hints of pale yellow and bronze veining.
It was on Forsythia Hill when we moved into the house. A keeper for sure!
It looks nice with the fuzzy silver Lambs Ear in the background.

I love this delicate Cream Bearded Iris with hints of pale yellow and bronze veining.

It was on Forsythia Hill when we moved into the house. A keeper for sure!

It looks nice with the fuzzy silver Lambs Ear in the background.

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3” of Rain expected overnight in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Purple Spiderwort and Clematis were beautiful this morning with just a touch of rain —- afraid after this downpour they are gonna be hammered.

Too much of a good thing on Forsythia Hill.

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Forsythia Hill Finds: The Peony Flower →

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Unbelievably my Red Single Peony has finally BLOOMED after 15 years of being in the shade and showing only foliage. 

When I went back a few years ago to walk the grounds of our family home, I saw the poor thing and grabbed it and planted “somewhere” at our new house and surprise, surprise… 2 years later… it is BLOOMING.

Moral of the story is - don’t plant Peony in deep SHADE. They will not produce many, if any blooms.

NOTE: Ants are a part of Peonies - they appear to be eating the nectar from the buds - I also noticed Wasps either dining on the bud nectar. Neither hurt the bloom.

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Pink Peony from Ted’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Pink Peony from Ted’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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A beautiful Statue of a woman playing the Flute to one lovely Purple Tulip.
This photo was captured in Lexington, Virginia while on the Historic Garden Week Tour.

A beautiful Statue of a woman playing the Flute to one lovely Purple Tulip.

This photo was captured in Lexington, Virginia while on the Historic Garden Week Tour.

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