This pretty purple blossom turns into an Eggplant!
It’s got a ways to go yet.
This little lavender thistle looking plant is actually a Centaura, Centaurea Biebersteinii, Spotted Knapweed, or Starthistle. I’ve had it growing in a little natural area under one of our White Pine Trees for a few years now. I left it because the pollinators really love it! It will reseed but looks great under this massive Pine. Rather delicate.
I’m not sure what took me so long to figure this one out, it ended up being in one of my favorite plant Species! I love Centaurea macrocephala and cornflowers!
I love watching the Bumble bees on the Bull Thistle. They walk around and around with their heads buried in the magenta flower pillow as if intoxicated by the nectar they are collecting.
Thistle is scorned by farmers and I’ve always been told to get rid of the thistle. Rightly so as it can be invasive but I’m going to snip off each bloom as the purple top fades and hope that no seeds will scatter in my yard. We’ll see if I can manage nature while letting the pollinators enjoy it!
I adore the simple Lambs Ear variety when it blooms out its teeny fushia purple flowers. The Carder bee will take the fur and line his nest with it (like carding wool).
There often is more to the benefits of a plant than is obvious on first glance.
Towering Purple Foxgloves. This plant always makes me think of Fairy Gardens, a secret garden, and magical places.
3” of Rain expected overnight in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Purple Spiderwort and Clematis were beautiful this morning with just a touch of rain —- afraid after this downpour they are gonna be hammered.
Too much of a good thing on Forsythia Hill.
A beautiful Statue of a woman playing the Flute to one lovely Purple Tulip.
This photo was captured in Lexington, Virginia while on the Historic Garden Week Tour.
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.
Beautiful little Purple Striped White Crocus blooming today on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ice on my Chicken Netting this morning.
We got off with a lot less snow than predicted in Charlottesville Virginia so the trees seem to be OK - I only heard one crack this morning. It’s thawing so fingers crossed no major limb losses.
This shot of a beautiful Lilac Floral Arrangement was taken by me while on the Virginia Historic Garden Week tour in Richmond, Virginia this past April.
It’s hard to believe the gardening season has once again sped by. Winter gives me the opportunity to plan for next years gardening adventure!
A little green grasshopper has taken a chomp out of my Morning Glory Vine flower. Oh well, there are plenty more blooms where that came from!
The purple looks good with my yellow Black Eyed Susans.
Not all Hydrangea bloom pink or blue (some only white) but those that bloom colors ranging from pink through blue to purple usually are known as mopheads and lacecaps.
The soil makeup will dictate if the coloring is pink (alkaline) or blue (acid). My hydrangea is a bit confused — I have quite the assortment of colors this year on Forsythia Hill.
A closeup of my Tall Lavender Garden Phlox, P. paniculata.
It looks amazing beside my Grandmothers Fushia Peony that is in bud.
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