Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Most are familiar with Spring blooming Crocus but this assortment of yellow and purple Fall Crocus from Ted’s garden is very interesting. Often it’s hard to find spots of Fall color. Great plants to have, Ted shared some with me (I’ve been eyeing them for years now).

Very excited to see how they look next Fall. I’m sure to forget they are there and will be very surprised, and happy, to see them.

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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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Snickers the Yellow Cat among the flowering Porch Pots.
A neighbor’s cat at my friend’s house who is always on her porch when I come over —- hum —- seems Snickers likes it better away from home! 

Snickers the Yellow Cat among the flowering Porch Pots.

A neighbor’s cat at my friend’s house who is always on her porch when I come over —- hum —- seems Snickers likes it better away from home! 

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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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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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Every year I wait with great anticipation to see this house on Rugby Rd in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
It creates quite a traffic jam each Spring. Flowering Cherry, Hot Pink Azalea, and Purple Grape Hyacinth.

Every year I wait with great anticipation to see this house on Rugby Rd in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It creates quite a traffic jam each Spring. Flowering Cherry, Hot Pink Azalea, and Purple Grape Hyacinth.

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Grow your own! Day one of starting my own Sweet Potato Slips.
Eventually little vines will appears on these Organic Sweet Potatoes and they will be cut off and rooted to become Sweet Potato plants. 
I’m trying a variety called Natural Beauty from the grocery store. Apparently is a Jewel Yam. Tasty with orange flesh.
Fifteen years ago, I did a taste test of 4 Sweet Potatoes (Yams) that I grew in my garden. The best tasting was Centennial. I’ve never seen it sold at a grocery store so just picked up the only Organic Yam that is available here.

Grow your own! Day one of starting my own Sweet Potato Slips.

Eventually little vines will appears on these Organic Sweet Potatoes and they will be cut off and rooted to become Sweet Potato plants. 

I’m trying a variety called Natural Beauty from the grocery store. Apparently is a Jewel Yam. Tasty with orange flesh.

Fifteen years ago, I did a taste test of 4 Sweet Potatoes (Yams) that I grew in my garden. The best tasting was Centennial. I’ve never seen it sold at a grocery store so just picked up the only Organic Yam that is available here.

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Bob’s Garden, my Father-in-law, this past Summer looking out from inside his darling little shed that he built with spare windows and doors.

Bob’s Garden, my Father-in-law, this past Summer looking out from inside his darling little shed that he built with spare windows and doors.

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Very soon I’ll be dragging all my big and little plant pots inside the basement for the Winter. Last night we had the first wood stove fire of the Fall season!
I love this little Vintage McCoy Planter.  It nicely held my Garlic Chives seedlings and leafy Lyre Leaf Sage - I’ll get them both into the ground because they are hardy in Virginia.
I grew a nice pot of Clove Basil (in the background) from seed.  Talk about a great smelling plant!  It is wonderful. It is not hardy here so I’ll collect the seed and start a new batch next Spring.

Very soon I’ll be dragging all my big and little plant pots inside the basement for the Winter. Last night we had the first wood stove fire of the Fall season!

I love this little Vintage McCoy Planter.  It nicely held my Garlic Chives seedlings and leafy Lyre Leaf Sage - I’ll get them both into the ground because they are hardy in Virginia.

I grew a nice pot of Clove Basil (in the background) from seed.  Talk about a great smelling plant!  It is wonderful. It is not hardy here so I’ll collect the seed and start a new batch next Spring.

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Brilliant Yellow Jerusalem Artichoke Bloom ~ one of many in the Thomas Jefferson garden plot at Monticello.
The tubers of this plant can be harvested in the Fall and eaten like Potatoes!  Can’t wait to try them!
Photo taken last year at the Heritage Harvest Festival.

Brilliant Yellow Jerusalem Artichoke Bloom ~ one of many in the Thomas Jefferson garden plot at Monticello.

The tubers of this plant can be harvested in the Fall and eaten like Potatoes!  Can’t wait to try them!

Photo taken last year at the Heritage Harvest Festival.

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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ― William Shakespeare
  … In a private garden during Historic Garden Week in Richmond, VA.

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” 
― William Shakespeare

  … In a private garden during Historic Garden Week in Richmond, VA.

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White huge Dinner Plate Hibiscus that a friend shared from his garden.
Ted was so kind to dig up 6 “mystery” plants that turned into these amazingly pretty flowers.  Some are a lovely pale pink!

White huge Dinner Plate Hibiscus that a friend shared from his garden.

Ted was so kind to dig up 6 “mystery” plants that turned into these amazingly pretty flowers.  Some are a lovely pale pink!

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Two fun little miniature Daylilies in my garden on Forsythia Hill.

The little yellow is one that I purchased at Kmart when Martha Stewart was selling plants and gardening tools through them (I had a pair of shears that were amazing).  This little Daylily is called Happy Smiles and is actually quite tall but the flower is very small.

The burnt orange double Daylily is just charming.  Small in size but so pretty.  Two to Tango.

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This beautiful Daylily, Zambia is in full bloom on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It’s my favorite.

This beautiful Daylily, Zambia is in full bloom on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It’s my favorite.

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A stroll around the Central Park Pond in New York City.  

I was fortunate to catch this beautiful Black Crowned Night Heron.  I was resting on a bench waiting for my friend to return from an appointment and people started swarming and snapping photos of this beautiful bird.

Blooming right now in Central Park the Bottle Brush Buckeye, Daylilies, wild Raspberries, Elderberry, Cattails, etc.

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