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!
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/
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.
- 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 ?
Barbara http://brian-my-left-testicle.tumblr.com/ - this flower is for u on your recent good news.
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
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.
How to grow seedlings inside without a greenhouse…
Recently sprouted Thai Red Hibiscus seedlings gallantly waving!
My annual Greenhouse growing season has arrived. I started with the little heated growing mat and plastic cover (photo #2). It’s yellowed over the years but it still keeps a going. Must be year 10 or 15 of using it!
This year I picked up a big covered rack for my transplanted seedlings after they graduate up to flats. Good deal at Tractor Supply for $20.00.
This is all in my basement in front of a South facing window. It’s only about 60 degrees in the room so additional heating speeds up things.
I discovered long ago that bottom heat is a must must to get good germination. I’ll have to watch the temp as the weather heats to begin opening things up so as not to burn or get damping off.
A charming house nestled deep among the plants in Ashland, Virginia.
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” -Iris Murdoch
Lovely set of Vintage Audubon Hummingbird Print originals from the 40s. For sale in my shop, ForsythiaHill on Etsy.
To see this set and other Audubon prints, check it out…
Pretty pink fall blooming Anemone. I transplanted some a month ago from Roanoke, Virginia to my yard on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville… I just can’t remember where exactly they ended up!
Next year it will be a surprise.
Lovely Purple Asters melting down a hillside in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.
Noticed on way to Recycle Center.
Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival a Winner…
Yellow Hibiscus with Monticello in the background.
The Contemplative Gardener, a photo taken by me while touring a local garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This Hosta bloom has emerged at the perfect time in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to give me that great whimsical shot.
Read more about our trip to the Butterflies LIVE exhibit, http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com.
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