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.

My Etsy Vintage Shops  

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It’s time to don the Straw Hat, fill up the Mint Julep Cups, and browse the Vintage Cookbook on my back porch on Forsythia Hill… ahh, Summertime in the South.

All items are for sale in my vintage shop, http://ForsythiaHill.etsy.com

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Cute little red mushroom in a friends garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Later she actually saw a squirrel eating it!

Cute little red mushroom in a friends garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Later she actually saw a squirrel eating it!

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Hanging out on my screen door in Charlottesville, Virginia was this strange alien like bug. After digging around online I finally discovered it to be a Mayfly, AKA Shadfly.

A fascinating bug that lives around water and only lives in the adult stage for a few hours to days (Nymphs in the water live up to a year).

Mayflies are a symbol of Peace, Good Luck, and Harmony. Males sport 2 penises and females 2 gonopores (oh my)!

Fishing lures have been designed to look like them.

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My first sighting this year of the Female Tiger Swallowtail on my native Coral Honeysuckle in Charlottesville, Virginia on Forsythia Hill.
You may be more familiar with the white non-native Honeysuckle. This plant does not spread like the non-native, is a repeat bloomer and attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Moths all summer long.
There also is a yellow variety that I have yet to snag. 

My first sighting this year of the Female Tiger Swallowtail on my native Coral Honeysuckle in Charlottesville, Virginia on Forsythia Hill.

You may be more familiar with the white non-native Honeysuckle. This plant does not spread like the non-native, is a repeat bloomer and attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Moths all summer long.

There also is a yellow variety that I have yet to snag. 

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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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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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My little Allium rising with the sun this am in Charlottesville, Virginia.

My little Allium rising with the sun this am in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Our little nest of baby Cardinal birds hatched a few days ago and finally their little eyes are open. Mamma and daddy are doing a good job of finding all sorts of worms and bugs for them.

Our little nest of baby Cardinal birds hatched a few days ago and finally their little eyes are open. Mamma and daddy are doing a good job of finding all sorts of worms and bugs for them.

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Native Penstemon, long used by native Americans a a human and animal remedy.

It’s a stately garden plant and the bees love it!

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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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Thornless Blackberry Vine that my Father-in-law passed along to me (and little friend). It looks like a nice crop for its first year! 

I’m wondering if the little spotted things somehow end up being the seeds! ?

Black Raspberries and Blackberries are one of the few berry plants that don’t get totally eaten up by birds and other critters - seems like there is always plenty to spare. I have my Strawberries covered up else I would get NONE… same w/grapes - no cover - no grapes for me!

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Hum, funky white mushrooms growing in my compost
    - must be time to stir.

Hum, funky white mushrooms growing in my compost

    - must be time to stir.

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My miniature yellow and pink Carnival Rose is showered with quarter size blooms on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

My miniature yellow and pink Carnival Rose is showered with quarter size blooms on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The Peonies are in full bloom on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I love this time of year. Can’t get enough of them!

This is a collection of Peony plants from our family home down in Southwest Virginia. I relocated the plants to our home in Central Virginia.

My grandmother had a thing for pink and strangely so do I.

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