Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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My little Allium rising with the sun this am in Charlottesville, Virginia.

My little Allium rising with the sun this am in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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A garden oddity that I picked up at a plant sale for $1.00. It’s the hardy, scented, fushia bloom Cranesbill Geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum. Lovely and appears to be spreading nicely in my shade garden on Forsythia Hill.

Very hardy perennial and sturdy plant, a great one for the garden! Smells strongly divine. 

It apparently likes sun but I have it in deep shade and it is loving it here as well.

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Have you ever wondered what the FIRST Strawberry looked like?
There are several native Strawberries. In Virginia we are fortunate to have one of them, the Virginia wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana. The most prolific “wild” strawberry, called Mock Strawberry, is going to be the icky tasting one that has a yellow bloom. It has a round berry and likes to creep along in your lawn making numerous new plants on one vine. At first look you might think it is the native but if you have the chance to see both, you will be able to tell the difference.
The native Strawberry (the teeny berry that is shown) is actually delicious. It is more of an upright plant (identical to the plants currently sold) and has white blooms. I’ve started a little patch at the entry to my Vegetable Garden. My chicken escaped today and devoured the little guys.
The image of the large berry is a hybrid (bred from the good tasting native wild Strawberry) growing in my garden that bears larger oblong fruit like what you see in the Grocery Store.
None are poisonous. 

Have you ever wondered what the FIRST Strawberry looked like?

There are several native Strawberries. In Virginia we are fortunate to have one of them, the Virginia wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana. The most prolific “wild” strawberry, called Mock Strawberry, is going to be the icky tasting one that has a yellow bloom. It has a round berry and likes to creep along in your lawn making numerous new plants on one vine. At first look you might think it is the native but if you have the chance to see both, you will be able to tell the difference.

The native Strawberry (the teeny berry that is shown) is actually delicious. It is more of an upright plant (identical to the plants currently sold) and has white blooms. I’ve started a little patch at the entry to my Vegetable Garden. My chicken escaped today and devoured the little guys.

The image of the large berry is a hybrid (bred from the good tasting native wild Strawberry) growing in my garden that bears larger oblong fruit like what you see in the Grocery Store.

None are poisonous. 

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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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The Iris is coming in strong now. Here is a pretty cream and burgundy at my mailbox on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Iris is coming in strong now. Here is a pretty cream and burgundy at my mailbox on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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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.

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Pink Peony from Ted’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Pink Peony from Ted’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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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.

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.

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Yesterday was the last day for the annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia. My friend Trisha wearing her “appropriate for garden touring” hat while looking at the beautiful blossoms in the flower cart. These flowers were used to create floral arrangements for the homes on the tour in Lexington, Virginia.
Read more about the gardens we visited during the week, http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/05/historic-garden-week-in-virginia-2014.html

Yesterday was the last day for the annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia. My friend Trisha wearing her “appropriate for garden touring” hat while looking at the beautiful blossoms in the flower cart. These flowers were used to create floral arrangements for the homes on the tour in Lexington, Virginia.

Read more about the gardens we visited during the week, http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/05/historic-garden-week-in-virginia-2014.html

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A shabby shed in Lexington, Virginia with a Dogwood in the foreground.
Spotted during Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 2014.

A shabby shed in Lexington, Virginia with a Dogwood in the foreground.

Spotted during Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 2014.

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This looks like some science fiction invasion, but is REAL. I took these photos yesterday walking down my street in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s hard to believe that such an infestation rarely will kill the plant and will be here and then gone.

What occurs in nature in Spring and is orange, wet, slimy, and gooey?

 

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White and green Giant Snowdrops, Leucojum sestivum, bloom right after the early blooming Daffodils and Tulips in Charlottesville, Virginia. I love this taller Snowdrop at 14”.

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Today at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville in the pouring rain during Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
I was dripping wet but with all the colorful Tulips - who knew!

Today at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville in the pouring rain during Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

I was dripping wet but with all the colorful Tulips - who knew!

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My friend Ted (can u find him) and his amazing huge delicate pink Royal Azalea, Rhododendron schlippenbachii.

He said it was brought down in his car to Virginia from NY in the 1950s! This is how big an Azalea can get.

It’s in full bloom now in Charlottesville, Virginia and an amazing sight.

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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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