1 The azalea bushes outside of the summer house are putting on a magnificent display.
2 The tree peony bed, which was transplanted from my home on Turkey Hill, is blooming away.
3 We had great success moving these rather temperamental transplants.
4 The holes here in Bedford were dug in advance, waiting for the tree peony plants.
5 As soon as the peonies arrived, they were quickly planted, watered, and fed well.
6 Every single plant survived and is thriving.
7 New boxwood and a new path outside of my home
8 My mother's memorial red maple has really grown in the past four years.
9 The plaque at the base
10 Looking across the farm towards the equipment barn and the allee of pin oak
11 The road leading to the stable is flanked with boxwood and red horse chestnut trees. That large rock is my mounting block, also brought here from Turkey Hill.
12 Hello little chipping sparrow! I love your trilling songs.
13 Thick and lush hosta with ostrich ferns behind
14 A beautiful allium bloom
15 The allium border next to the pergola - Allium are standouts in the early spring-summer garden.
16 Droplets of rain clinging to the feathery needles of bald cypress
17 A delicate California poppy - A mystery plant, this poppy may have been brought to this garden by a burrowing squirrel.
18 Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - a brilliant hybrid of several Asian Mayapples
19 A very sweet bergenia cordifolia
20 The delicate flowers of a double-file viburnum look very similar to the flat flowers of the lacecap hydrangea.
21 The double-file viburnum is a really impressive-looking shrub.
22 In the same garden is another type of viburnum that has snow ball type flowers.
23 A closeup of those blooms
24 Spanish Bluebells, or Hyacinthoides hispanica, grow nicely in both sun and deep shade.
25 Rain drops on hosta
26 Bartok explored the gardens between rain showers.
27 It looks as though the petals of this bearded iris were drawn on with pen and ink.
28 Sasa enjoying the outdoors
29 More azaleas blooming down near the Japanese maple grove
30 A fragrant display of pretty lilac
31 Gray skies over Bedford
32 The standard lilac trees are blooming well.
33 Wisteria standards blooming near the pergola
34 My Har-Tru tennis court is open for the season.
35 With so much rain, the underbrush deep in the woods is quite verdant.
36 In preparation for planting pole beans, Ryan soaked the seeds to soften them a bit.
37 Trionfo Violetto - purple pole bean turns green when cooked
38 Bobis a Grano Nero - pole bean - 6-7" long stringless green beans
39 Santa Anna - deep green pole bean 8-9" long
40 Meraviglia di Venezia - yellow roma type of pole bean 10+"
41 Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco - pole type shell bean for soups/fresh cooked beans
42 Anellino Giallo - curved yellow pole bean
43 Smeraldo - flat roma type of pole bean
44 Borlotto Lamon - 'The' bean for pasta fagiolo
46 In fact, Giovanni Franchi the current Mr. Franchi's great, great, great, great, great grandfather, started selling seed from his horse drawn cart at the local market piazza the same year that Mozart wrote his first mass!
47 We decided to plant the climbing pole beans along the garden fence. Ryan prepared the narrow bed.
48 Ryan used a dibber to make inch-deep holes.
49 One seed per hole.
50 Cover the holes.
51 Label the row.
52 The peas planted last month are growing well along their fence supports.
53 It's always amazing to see how tendrils attach themselves.
54 I'm happy to see that the fava beans are nice and strong.
55 And look how large the gooseberries are getting!