Forsythia amazes me. I’m not sure how this little bloom is hanging on through the freezing weather, but it is!
Photo taken last week in Charlottesville, Virginia on Forsythia Hill.
On a freezing cold day like today I like to remember warm colors of Summer.
These Daylilies in Claire’s Garden were amazing (she is in the green shirt in the background). She propagated this variety of Daylily!
This is the most beautiful Dahlia, Kevin Floodlight, that is a huge yellow, dinner plate sized!
From John’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.
Happy Labor Day off for most of us! Relax and experience nature somehow today.
Blue Morning Glory in full bloom now on Forsythia Hill. It looks smashing with the yellow Black Eyed Susan.
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.
I learn something every day from nature.
This is a pair of Leopard Slugs. They actually have 4 tentacles for exploring. The 2 that you can see in this photo contain eyes on the tips!
I wondered why they were always hanging out nearby to my Black Eyed Susan. It is one of their favorite resting plants. They are mostly nocturnal and provide food to many creatures of the night.
The bristly oxtongue, Picris echioides.
I allow it to grow by the road - it’s classified as a “weed” but it is kinda pretty in a big swath. This area gets mowed once the blooms fade.
A lovely Pink Daylily with yellow Eye in Claire’s Garden, Cville, VA.
Claire creates new Daylily varieties!
The Black Eyed Susan outside my back door on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia is going crazy right now.
There must be 100 Pearly Crescentspot Butterflies enjoying it!
This large Gloriosa Daisy, Rudbeckia hirta was being devoured by hordes of the common Pearly Crescentspot Butterfly. The males usually have black knobs on the end of their antennae. This pair has orange dots.
This is a very common US Butterfly, found nearly in every state except for those on the West Coast.
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying a Butterfly Bush Bloom.
Males do not sport the blue spots!
Photo taken yesterday during the Charlottesville, Virginia Master Gardeners tour, Through the Garden Gate.
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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