A closeup of my Tall Lavender Garden Phlox, P. paniculata.
It looks amazing beside my Grandmothers Fushia Peony that is in bud.
Having a bit of fun shooting in the rain… my dark purple bearded Iris is shimmering on Forsythia Hill.
I love this little goat atop this massive planter.
Photo taken during Historic Garden Week in Richmond, Virginia.
I encountered this amazing pet Turkey at White Oak Lavender Farm outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is one of a pair of two that will live out their lives uneaten because they were pardoned by President Obama last Thanksgiving. Huge and so friendly. They are in the process of molting their feathers so they look a little rough but you can see and touch their huge bare chest that has white quill feathers growing back in.
It’s sad to think that most people have never seen a live turkey, just one dead on the Thanksgiving dinner plate.
They are trained to gobble gobble when they hear someone whistle. I could stare at them all day, SO fascinating. They waddle up and make these wonderful prehistoric odd noises.
Earth Day 2013
You don’t have to travel far to appreciate our planet Earth.
Get outside today and breathe in Mother Earth. Hear the birds, smell the fresh cut grass, and admire the Spring bulbs.
There is so much to appreciate ~ it’s all awaiting.
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
My favorite Tulips on Forsythia Hill.
Knock your Socks Off… Punch your Lights — I have no idea what name this tulip is but it can easily do both with that bright red orange and yellow!
My first Iris to bloom on Forsythia Hill. This is one of four purple Iris varieties that I have in my yard and it is the fanciest Bearded.
Its bloom has already almost faded away - wow - in under a week.
Simple plants for a spot of pretty.
My nothin’ fancy standard yellow Tulip with a Miniature Rose cane trailing in front of it and little wild Violets meandering behind it.
A friend gave me a clump last year of this teeny naturalized little Daffodil. She said it is the Daffodil that all varieties of Daffodils originated from!
It is only as big as my thumb. So far there are 2 blooms on a stem but there could be more - this is the first bloom to open!
It is the sweetest little thing.
I discovered a private garden yesterday, on Craigslist of all things, that needed bucket loads of Daffodils removed! I was in floral heaven. Now I can wait until next Spring to see the different varieties!
If I could pick a career it would be saving historic Virginia gardens and this is one that needs saving. Shockingly beautiful but in need of some TLC.
Brilliant Pure White Daffodil.
There are 13 different Daffodil Divisions based on classification and 25,000 registered Hybrid Species!
I’m just happy seeing a plain white bloom!
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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