Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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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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A weee Garden Urn planted with the little blue flowers of Lithodora diffusa.
I took the photo during historic garden week in Richmond, Virginia.

A weee Garden Urn planted with the little blue flowers of Lithodora diffusa.

I took the photo during historic garden week in Richmond, Virginia.

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You know it’s Summer when the Red Hot Pokers are poking.

You know it’s Summer when the Red Hot Pokers are poking.

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It seems to be time for the Iris on Forsythia Hill.
 I love the odd combination of faded burgundy and tan with a yellow throat on this Bearded Iris we inherited when we moved into our house.  It was buried on our hillside covered in grass and refused to bloom until I moved it into the flower bed.
Iris hates grass!

It seems to be time for the Iris on Forsythia Hill.

 I love the odd combination of faded burgundy and tan with a yellow throat on this Bearded Iris we inherited when we moved into our house.  It was buried on our hillside covered in grass and refused to bloom until I moved it into the flower bed.

Iris hates grass!

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A little whimsy from the recent Garden Tour in Richmond Virginia during Historic Garden Week.  A frog riding a hare!
Read all about it —- http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/

A little whimsy from the recent Garden Tour in Richmond Virginia during Historic Garden Week.  A frog riding a hare!

Read all about it —- http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/

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Earth Day Challenge 2013
I challenge you to adopt one or more of the following Earth friendly goals:
Buy only recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
Don’t accept plastic shopping bags EVER AGAIN, carry your own or just load items into the cart and place in a box in the car.
Compost
Isolate a natural - unmowed - area in your yard for native bee nests, worm tunnels, birds, and native plants.
What numbers can u adopt TODAY! ? or what are you already doing ?

Earth Day Challenge 2013

I challenge you to adopt one or more of the following Earth friendly goals:

  1. Buy only recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
  2. Don’t accept plastic shopping bags EVER AGAIN, carry your own or just load items into the cart and place in a box in the car.
  3. Compost
  4. Isolate a natural - unmowed - area in your yard for native bee nests, worm tunnels, birds, and native plants.

What numbers can u adopt TODAY! ? or what are you already doing ?

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