1 This is an amazing bed of muscari.
2 It is located near my long pergola.
3 Some pretty tulips in the tulip bed
4 Here are two apple trees in full bloom.
5 A spectacular Kwanzan cherry tree
6 The crew is busy edging the boxwood allee. Chhewang picks up the excess.
7 Pete and Chhiring are clearing the bed of weeds.
8 The blueberry patch is laden with blooms.
9 Another variety of blueberry
10 A very happy bumblebee
11 The azalea grove is about to burst.
12 A lovely shade of pink
13 A bright purple variety
14 Wilmer and Phurba set out to trim back all the ornamental grass beneath the apple espalier. Once trimmed, the grass will grow back neater.
15 The grasses are thick and required a lot of clipping.
16 One shade of Virginia bluebells
17 And a deeper shade of blue
18 The violets out by the pond are quite plentiful this year.
19 More muscari in the woodland - this one is a darker shade of purple.
20 The ostrich ferns in this shade garden are multiplying and spreading.
21 I love how the fronds unfurl.
22 The dwarf Solomon's seal is pushing through soil.
23 These giant hosta are also multiplying.
24 The structure of hosta leaves is so intriguing. These look tufted and quilted.
25 A cultivated variety of trout lily. Trout lilies can be found growing in the wild in early spring.
26 Down at the stable, Betsy is meeting with Dr. Rosemary Ganser, the equine acupuncturist, who is monitoring Meindert's healing process.
27 Meindert appears to have an itch.
28 My nephew, Charlie, brought his friend, Kelly, to the farm for a ride astride Rinze.
29 At the green house, Wilmer is bringing some broccoli seedlings outdoors for hardening.
30 Inside the vegetable garden, the pea brush has been neatly placed and the peas are beginning to sprout. The pea brush comes from Maine and are the trimmings from white and black birch trees.
31 These are called Amish Snap Peas.
32 Shaun and Wilmer have also planted...
38 There are also several rows and varieties of onions. The larger ones on the right are purchased onion 'sets' and the ones on the left were grown from seed in the greenhouse.
39 The garlic planted last autumn is growing very well.
40 And the rhubarb should be ready to pick soon. I can't wait!
41 These are parsnips, wintered over and ready to pick.
42 A stalk of purple asparagus
43 And a bed of green asparagus. We've been enjoying a steady crop this season. The more you pick asparagus, the more they send up new shoots.
44 Shaun decided to try a new method of organizing seed packets.
45 He found these expandable accordion files and has labeled each slot.
46 Those files are stored in a plastic bin, also neatly labeled.
47 In fact, Shaun is all about labeling now.
48 Shaun is smoothing this bed out getting it ready for planting.
49 This tool is called a row marker from Johnny's Selected Seeds. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6241-row-markers.aspx. To make evenly space furrows, you adjust the distance of the hard red plastic tubes.
50 Then, you run the rake down the length of the bed.
51 This clever tool is a design of garden great, Eliot Coleman. http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/
52 Shaun likes to try out new tools and this device is called a Vibro Hand Seeder, also from Johnny's. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7441-vibro-hand-seeder.aspx He's placing arugula seeds into the trough.
53 The battery powered device gently vibrates and the seeds drop off in a controlled manner into the newly made furrows.
54 Princess Peony sits just inside the door, observing all of the activity going on around the farm.