1 With warm and sunny days and one week later, the daffodil border is really beginning to pop.
2 The garden beneath allee of linden is filling in with more blue each day.
3 The colors of spring are just so happy!
4 Ryan McCallister, the new gardener, has been busy in the greenhouse planting tomato seeds.
5 Paul Robeson, Beam's Yellow Pear,Austin's Red Pear, Sweet Pea Currant, Green Zebra, Red Zebra, Reisetomate, Moonglow, Black From Tula, Aunt Ruby's German Green, and Violet Jasper
6 Montecarlo, Cour di Bue, Pantano - Ryan likes to cover the seed mix with a layer of fine gravel, which helps to keep the mix from splattering when watered.
7 On a rainy day, Ryan also worked on all the labels for the vegetable garden, using a label maker.
8 Ryan, who grew up gardening, is a graduate of California State University Pomona and has worked as a landscape designer and also as a plant buyer for The Home Depot and Lowes.
9 Ryan has been mapping out a chart of the vegetable garden.
10 Ryan is getting ready to plant some of my very own seed collection that is now available at Home Depot.
11 Just a couple of our 38 different varieties of herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
12 The white garden one week later
13 Verdi was scratching to get outside to enjoy the warmth of the sun.
14 I think he also wanted to enjoy the view of the farm.
15 A lily bed with an early blooming of scilla.
16 The Gravenstein apple espalier, which was planted a year ago, has adapted quite nicely.
17 Walking past a boxwood, my eyes were drawn to this dried up 'skeleton' leaf.
18 Shaun, Ryan, and Wilmer have been finishing the reconfiguration of the vegetable beds. Seven truckloads of compost have been added this spring.
19 The rhubarb patch is really taking off! I can't wait for the first rhubarb tarts!
20 And soon we'll be eating asparagus!
21 Cabbages, cauliflower, and broccoli plants are hardened off and ready to be planted in the garden.
22 Ryan is staggering the placement of the cabbage plants to give them ample space to form large heads.
23 This type of cabbage is Montovano, a nice green, dense head.
24 The Sutton's Harbinger peas planted last week are sprouting.
25 Driving along the carriage roads, there is quite a lot to see.
26 Looking up towards the impressive blue sky and the contrast of the red maple buds
27 A closeup of those buds
28 You may recall all the circles of daffodils that were planted along the roads.
29 They are really thriving.
30 As is the skunk cabbage alongside the stream beds.
31 The unfurling leaves of skunk cabbage
32 The crows at the farm are always watching with great interest.
33 The feathery weeping willows catch the wind so nicely.
34 A female American robin is certainly a harbinger of spring.
35 Looking towards the wetlands and the weeping willows planted there.
36 Moss-covered rocks fascinate me.
37 A macro of the feathery moss
38 Bleached and parchment-like leaves of a beech tree are still clinging from last season.
39 Naturalized chionodoxa randomly growing in this hay field
40 A macro of this pretty clear blue flower
41 I came across this handsome nuthatch, which must have crashed into a window and become stunned. He flew away shortly after I picked him up.
42 Slavo and his assistant are doing repairs on woodwork and screening.
43 You may recall when I showed photos of the erosion along the carriage roads last month.
44 Bruce Corbett Excavating has been repairing that erosion.
45 The road gravel is dumped and spread.
46 And then it is compressed with this heavy roller.
47 Another view
48 Last autumn, Carmine Luppino, of Luppino Landscaping & Masonry and I walked around to see what needed fixing. This is his crew.
49 The stones on this walkway all needed to be raised, as they had settled over the years.
50 Wilmer is helping to unload one of two gala apple trees, which were grown in Pennsylvania.
51 I wanted to plant them where a stand of black locust trees once stood. They were destroyed when that twister blew through the farm. This machine is a stump grinder.
52 All of the stumps of those locust needed to be ground up to make room for the new apple trees.
53 The whirring blade of the grinder cuts through the dense stump pretty effortlessly.
54 What's left is soft organic material, which is shoveled back into the hole that the grinder made.
55 The next day, Chhiring used the backhoe to dig the holes for the apple trees.
56 Shaun remembered that crocus had been planted in the grass and worked to untangle the little bulbs.
57 A crocus bulb, which will be planted elsewhere
58 So many roots from the locust trees!
59 Shaun standing in the finished hole
60 Just joking! He was crouching down!
61 Shaun likes to use Bio-tone Starter when planting trees. http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/biotone_overview.html
62 Using the Hi-lo to position the apple tree
63 Chains are hooked onto the root ball for placement adjustment.
64 Filling in the hole