1 My daffodil border, which runs the length of Maple Ave., is ready to explode with a sea of blooms.
2 An emerging flower
3 And a dewy covered bloom
4 The allee of linden is located at the bottom end of the daffodil border.
5 Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ and Muscari azureum just beginning to bloom
6 The tulip borders are growing nicely.
7 The chicken yards have been covered with a fresh layer of composted mulch.
8 The chickens are happy eating all of the kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps and eggshells, too.
9 The hyacinths are blooming.
10 Can you just imagine their lovely fragrance?
11 The chionodoxa clusters planted in many parts of the property are spreading so nicely year after year.
12 Outside my house is the white garden, which is growing well.
13 After months of winter protection, the burlap is being taken off the hedges.
14 Chhiring and his crew are careful to remove and save the fabric for next year.
15 With warmer temperatures, the herbaceous peonies are growing rapidly.
16 You can practically see them grow!
17 The magnolias are also beginning to bloom.
18 A beautiful magnolia bud
19 Cleanup continues in the woods. Purba is very strong!
20 While riding my horse the other day, I noticed something rustling in the barberry undergrowth. It seemed like a creature in distress and I called Shaun and Manny to join me in the woods.
21 It turns out that it was a redtail hawk that apparently was chasing prey and got all tangled up in the barberry.
22 With the exception of a missing talon, the hawk was fine and flew away, I'm sure quite thankful for the release from the barberry snare.
23 The raised beds in my vegetable garden were reconfigured this season.
24 I decided to use bamboo stakes and black plastic fencing as pea supports this year. I think this looks neat and orderly.
25 Ryan McCallister, the new gardener, has vast knowledge about growing vegetables.
26 He's been busy planting many things.
27 Including several varieties of spinach and parsley
28 The asparagus are beginning to emerge.
29 Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli have been taken out of the warm greenhouse and placed in the cold frame for hardening off before being planted in the garden.
30 Over in the donkey paddock, Pete and Fernando give the donkey shed a fresh coat of paint. Clive, Rufus, and Billie wait patiently in the stable.
31 In the stable, Betsy is trying out a new bedding product called Streufex.
32 Johann Payerl - General Manager of Fex Straw Manufacturing inc. came by to visit the stable. http://www.streufex.com
33 Streufex is made of straw and is highly absorbent.
34 The Streufex is placed on clean stable floor mats.
35 Betsy spreads it all around.
36 The horses seem to have taken nicely to the change.
38 Animals love rubbing up against these nubby scratchers.
39 Betsy thought a good place to mount the pads would be on the shady side of the newly painted donkey shed.
40 They can be mounted flat or folded around a corner.
41 Betsy will eventually cover the other corners of the shed.
42 I think that once the donkeys find these scratching areas, they will be very happy.