1 The sky was rather dramatic on this mid-March afternoon looking through the grove of bald cypress.
2 These long rows are planted with ferns and Asiatic lilies.
3 The border alongside the pergola is planted with nepeta, or cat mint, with purple clematis on each granite post.
4 There are also hundreds of allium bulbs planted in this border now poking through.
5 More signs of spring are found here...
6 As tulips poke through the soil.
7 Last week we received considerable rainfall and the carriage roads suffered some pretty bad erosion.
8 You can see how the gravel simply washed away.
9 Can you figure out what these buds are?
10 They belong to this stand of weeping willow trees.
11 More erosion down by the chicken coops.
12 The Pomeranian geese always make such a racket when visitors arrive.
13 My heritage breed turkeys are very healthy. We have Bourbon Red, Royal Palm, and Black Spanish. The tom was proudly displaying his tail feathers.
14 Blaze is one of Betsy, my stable manager's rescued cats. Blaze is very adventurous.
15 Her brother, Tipper, watches Blaze from indoors.
16 The tennis court will soon be opened for the season.
17 The horses spend a great deal of time in this paddock.
18 Skunk cabbage grows alongside all the streams.
19 And speaking of which, the streams were raging with all the rain.
20 This one came up and over its banks.
21 And washed across the road surface, causing further erosion.
22 'Hurricane Alley' is still in the process of being cleared. It's been a very big job.
23 Further in the woods, this tall tree has been labeled for removal.
24 It suffered a major crack during one of our many storms.
25 Directly across from that tree sits the little woodland shed. The surrounding shade gardens have been cleared of leaves.
26 This is one of my favorite rocks on the farm. It sits alongside the carriage road deep in the woods. It always looks so verdant and alive with its carpet of moss, even after having been covered with snow all winter.
27 More erosion
28 And much more
29 I've had these Adirondack chairs for many years and they will soon be part of a TV segment on chair repair and restoration. They are presently on the porch of the contemporary house.
30 I'd say they need a lot of help.
31 Nearby, Gyurme chose an apple branch to saw and use as a perch in the canary cage.
32 The view from the contemporary house across a hay field.
33 Crocuses in the wild
34 The grounds crew has been busy clearing the garden beds and applying a generous layer of compost.
35 This compost is a beautiful thing full of organic material and we make it right here on the farm.
36 One load after another
37 Ryan and Purba - Ryan is the new gardener at the farm, helping Shaun.
38 Wilmer spreading the compost.
39 The shade garden outside the tenant house is off to a great start.
40 This is called the white garden since nearly everything planted in it blooms with white flowers.
41 Like these early snowdrops