March 31, 2011
My Farm at the end of March
With hints of spring in the air, things are very exciting at the farm. Plants are emerging from the soil and spring flowering bulbs are beginning to bloom. The grounds crew has been working diligently cleaning out garden beds and clearing and chipping downed branches from the many winter storms that we experienced. Please enjoy these photos of what’s happening at my farm.
1 A shipment of horse bedding was delivered and the grounds crew loaded it into the stable loft.
2 Once again, the Hi-Lo came in very handy.
3 Chhiring Sherpa supervises from below.
4 Pete and Purba are hard workers!
5 Betsy keeps the hayloft very neat and tidy.
6 Meindert having a snack
7 This is the allee of linden where we planted 116,000 spring flowering bulbs, a mix of nine different kinds of blue flowers.
8 The first of 20,000 crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ have started to emerge.
9 So very pretty!
10 My adorable pair of Black Welsh Sheep have been very happy.
11 Dolma on her way to the paddock with Rinze
12 Daffodils ready to pop with witch hazel trees in the background
13 More pretty crocuses beneath a tree
14 The Japanese maple grove has been spread with seedless hay to prevent weeds from growing.
15 The cutting garden is located adjacent to the chicken coop.
16 All of the tulips Shaun planted last autumn are growing strongly and I can't wait for lovely arrangements.
17 After storing the bags of horse bedding, the grounds crew resumed their chore of clearing all the winter storm damage.
18 The wood chipper has been used a lot lately - unfortunately, way too much, in my opinion.
19 Tiny white crocuses blooming near the blueberry pergola
20 There are many more flowers this year, which means the bulbs are multiplying nicely.
21 The gooseberry patch
22 With leaves unfurling on a gooseberry bush
23 Colchicum usually blooms in the autumn, but this variety blooms in the spring.
24 A thicket of scilla, perennials in the hyacinth family
25 A better look at these delicate blooms
26 Deep purple crocus blooming beneath the bald cypress grove
27 More crocus blooming
28 The vegetable garden is in the process of being newly composted and roto-tilled.
29 The rich compost is made right here at the farm.
30 It's wonderful having such a valuable resource so readily available.
31 Wilmer and Ryan, the new gardener, are reconfiguring the vegetable beds.
32 They are careful to make even and straight lines.
33 I like the way things are shaping up.
34 At the far end of the vegetable garden, brightly colored rhubarb is looking strong and healthy.
35 Inside the greenhouse, many vegetable seeds have been started.
36 Inside the cold house, we've had beautiful lettuces and vegetables growing all winter long.