May 9, 2011
A Lovely Spring at my Farm
I must say that the weather here in the Northeast has been the way one would want spring to be. The temperatures have been cool with mostly sunny days. One day, this past week, brought steady spring showers, which has given all the plants a healthy energy boost. The gardens are filling in nicely and there are so many appealing color tones everywhere. Enjoy!
1 A view of my terrace - I love how things look this spring and I couldn't be happier that all of the boxwood have grown into such interesting garden shapes. I also love the dwarf golden barberry as an accent color.
2 These alium are about to burst open!
3 The herbaceous peony garden has been neatly staked in their 'cat's cradle' string supports.
4 The first of the azaleas are beginning to bloom.
5 A spectacular canary yellow magnolia
6 These miniature daffodils are so sweet.
7 White parrot tulips in the white garden
8 The Japanese painted ferns in the white garden are really spreading.
9 A pure white Japanese species peony in the white garden
10 Also in the white garden - Arisaema sikokianum - Japanese Cobra Lily - an elegant cousin of the Jack in the Pulpit
11 The pure white spadix, or Jack, is surrounded by a pitcher that is glowing white inside and nearly black on the outside.
12 Just look at that finely striped pattern on its hood!
13 White bleeding hearts - These old-fashioned plants have puffy heart shaped flowers with little dripping tears. There are also pink bleeding hearts.
14 The barn swallows are back are are very busy building their nests out of mud and straw. Both males and females partake in the building, making up to 1,000 trips to collect mud.
15 The Camperdown weeping elms are laden with blossoms.
16 And there are so many apple blossoms this spring! This is one of the ancient original trees on the property.
17 More blossoms on the apple espalier
18 This shade garden near the tenant house is magnificent!
19 The tufted leaves of a large hosta
20 Another hosta unraveling its leaves
21 You can see how this hosta has multiplied over the years.
22 This hosta's leaves look as though they were dappled with water colors.
23 The Japanese maple grove is now in its second year and all of the trees look quite healthy and happy.
24 The lilac alee is just beginning to bloom - so wonderfully fragrant!
25 The new baby chicks are about two-weeks-old and are maturing well and seem very happy.
26 A view of the cutting garden from inside the chicken coop
27 A weeping redbud tree - This slow grower is an eye catching addition for tight or enclosed sunny spaces.
Photos By Martha Stewart and Eliad Laskin