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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
My pretty little dwarf yellow Daylily.
I believe it is called Happy Smile and it makes me smile each year when it arrives!
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.
Sweet Primrose that was transplanted from my Grandmothers Garden into mine.
Shared plants have such special meaning!
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.
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.
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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