Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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My little shabby Garden Gate awaiting my entry, on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The yellow Forsythia is midway bloomed out - more COLOR to come!

My little shabby Garden Gate awaiting my entry, on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The yellow Forsythia is midway bloomed out - more COLOR to come!

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I collect Daffodil Bulbs and the little miniatures are starting to open a bit more now that it is rained and temps have increased on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. This teeny ivory and yellow flower with a long ruffled trumpet is so sweet.
It’s a lovely day this April Fools Day which just happens to be 19th my Wedding Anniversary!

I collect Daffodil Bulbs and the little miniatures are starting to open a bit more now that it is rained and temps have increased on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. This teeny ivory and yellow flower with a long ruffled trumpet is so sweet.

It’s a lovely day this April Fools Day which just happens to be 19th my Wedding Anniversary!

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The first bloom opens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
YAY for Yellow Crocus!

The first bloom opens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

YAY for Yellow Crocus!

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I see little bulb stalks peeping up through the earth here in Central Virginia.
—- Tulips, Daffodils —-
So many surprises this Spring in the garden on Forsythia Hill.  My friend Ted gave me millions of bulbs last year and I scattered them in my flower beds. It will be fun seeing what pops up!
This pretty mass of red orange and yellow tulips is a photo from last year.
Come on SPRING!

I see little bulb stalks peeping up through the earth here in Central Virginia.

—- Tulips, Daffodils —-

So many surprises this Spring in the garden on Forsythia Hill.  My friend Ted gave me millions of bulbs last year and I scattered them in my flower beds. It will be fun seeing what pops up!

This pretty mass of red orange and yellow tulips is a photo from last year.

Come on SPRING!

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Why is Winter time “the time” to dig out a Ground Hornet Nest? Because all the hornets have left the nest. We dug this out yesterday and it’s true all the little hornets have vacated. Hornets will not come back usually to the same nest but you need to dig out their home just in case.
I was stung in November when they were still emerging. It was in the middle of our Garden so it had to go. I also got stung several years ago when I rode over one with the riding mower and man does their little sting hurt.
Bees and hornets are beneficial so leave them alone while they are active.
It was quite interesting, the comb disks were layered and stacked like a cake.

Why is Winter time “the time” to dig out a Ground Hornet Nest? Because all the hornets have left the nest. We dug this out yesterday and it’s true all the little hornets have vacated. Hornets will not come back usually to the same nest but you need to dig out their home just in case.

I was stung in November when they were still emerging. It was in the middle of our Garden so it had to go. I also got stung several years ago when I rode over one with the riding mower and man does their little sting hurt.

Bees and hornets are beneficial so leave them alone while they are active.

It was quite interesting, the comb disks were layered and stacked like a cake.

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A Ginko Leaf carved pillar at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.
Ginko trees are found worldwide and were planted in Japan, Korea, and China around temples and shrines. They are a recommended plant for city landscaping as it is a more upright growing plant. It has vivid yellow leaves in the fall. I recently posted a photo of a Ginko Tree on UVA grounds near the Rotunda.  http://forsythiahill.tumblr.com/post/68719113543/be-considerate-of-your-neighbors-and-kind-to-the

A Ginko Leaf carved pillar at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.

Ginko trees are found worldwide and were planted in Japan, Korea, and China around temples and shrines. They are a recommended plant for city landscaping as it is a more upright growing plant. It has vivid yellow leaves in the fall. I recently posted a photo of a Ginko Tree on UVA grounds near the Rotunda.  http://forsythiahill.tumblr.com/post/68719113543/be-considerate-of-your-neighbors-and-kind-to-the

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My sweet Yellow Tabby Cat, Cesar. 
Resting in his new cushie bed.

My sweet Yellow Tabby Cat, Cesar. 

Resting in his new cushie bed.

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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.

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.

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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!

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!

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This is the most beautiful Dahlia, Kevin Floodlight, that is a huge yellow, dinner plate sized!
From John’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This is the most beautiful Dahlia, Kevin Floodlight, that is a huge yellow, dinner plate sized!

From John’s Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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