March 2, 2011
A Spring Thaw at the Farm
Yesterday morning, I Tweeted:
the spring thaw is happening – up to ankles in mud at the farm – roads a mess! But there are snowdrops blooming + pussy willows about to burst
With that said, I wanted to show you exactly what I meant. It’s been a while since I shared farm photos with you, so now that winter is thawing and spring is approaching here is a little tour of my property taken on March 1st.
1 Warmer temperatures and a couple of rainy days has caused much of the snow to melt.
2 The last time I posted this view, most of these burlap-covered shrubs were buried in snow.
3 Some of the teucrium edging is poking through the snow.
4 The herbaceous peony garden with its boxwood surround
5 The yellow witch hazel is blooming nicely.
6 The flowers bear a warm, spicy fragrance and precede the leaves, blooming in late winter to early spring.
7 This variety is Hamamelis feuerzauber/ Fire Charm - Copper-red Witch Hazel.
8 The carriage road down to the stable
9 My super long daffodil border is sprouting with vigor.
10 Rufus, Billy, and Clive - my miniature donkeys
11 They're enjoying the sun's warmth.
12 In the next paddock, Sasa is doing the same.
13 Sasa has had a very good winter at the farm.
14 Dolma leading the other four Friesians back to the stable after frolicking outdoors
15 The pair of Black Welsh Sheep have grown quite a bit.
16 The ewe was interested in the horses as they passed by.
17 This is the allee of linden where we planted 116,000 blue flowering bulbs last autumn.
18 Look carefully beneath this linden.
19 2 of 116,000 bulbs are sprouting!
20 The ground's crew spent some time gathering fallen branches.
21 There were many to pick up after our crazy winter weather.
22 The chickens are so happy now that the snow is melting and the ground is thawing.
23 The weeping willows are aglow with spring color.
24 Why leaves of beech and oak remain on trees during winter is something of a phenomenon.
25 The brooks are no longer frozen and they are flowing at a good pace.
26 Another sure sign of spring - the emergence of skunk cabbage along the stream bed
27 And look what's popping beneath this tree! Snowdrops!!!
28 Most varieties of snowdrops flower in winter, before the vernal equinox - March 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.
29 More sprouting bulbs outside the greenhouse
30 There are a lot of muddy puddles everywhere!
31 The carriage roads need some repair soon.
32 This is my stand of pussy willows down near the wetlands.
33 Pussy willows, with their furry catkins are also early bloomers.
34 A closeup
35 I will have plenty for springtime arrangements.
36 A darker gray pussy willow
Photos By Martha Stewart @marthastewart and Eliad Laskin @joemartha