1 Here I am riding Rinze on a spectacular Friday morning. That's Betsy behind me atop Rutger.
2 I was up bright and early and was able to capture this amazing sunrise.
3 Moments later
4 And a view towards the stable
5 Before my ride, I gave Ryan some planting instructions. This is my terrace herb garden, which has been very neatly pruned.
6 Betsy arrived with Rutger and it was time for our ride.
7 Ryan and Shaun planted seedlings of sage, margoram, and oregano (Martha Stewart seeds from Home Depot).
8 The paddocks are growing so thick and green. Dominick will have to begin mowing soon.
9 The herbaceous peony garden is sprouting like crazy!
10 If you stood here long enough, you could actually see the shoots grow.
11 The Gravenstein apple espalier has adjusted beautifully to this location.
12 Look at its pretty buds.
13 And its apple blossoms
14 The muscari (grape hyacinth) border is so vibrant.
15 The wisteria standards are full of buds.
16 Those buds will soon become highly fragrant blossoms.
17 The nepeta, or cat mint, will also be blooming soon.
18 The gooseberries next to the greenhouse are covered with flowers.
19 And so are the blueberries.
20 As are the strawberry vines
21 And also the currant bushes!
22 I hosted a very special brunch in the brown room the other day and the table was adorned with springtime arrangements.
23 Fragrant yellow magnolia flowers sat at each place setting.
24 Mixed daffodils from the daffodil border
25 I really love this variety
26 These daffodils are very sweet.
27 And this vase of mixed white daffodils looks so elegant.
28 Also decorating the brown room was this stunning orchid.
29 A perfect lady's slipper
30 Delicate trout lilies are true harbingers of spring.
31 These graceful yellow flowers droop towards the ground. The petals, however, curl upwards, revealing the bright yellow of the inner petals.
32 This is a White Feather Hosta growing in the white garden. To start out, it exhibits brilliant white leaves. But over the course of weeks in summer, these gradually transform to an attractive green and cream color.
33 Another look at this unusual hosta
34 These bright red beetles were having some acrobatic fun in the white garden on a frittalaria. Unfortunately, these are damaging to plants - red lily leaf beetles and will have to be dealt with.
35 Walking near my 'boxwood room,' I was thrilled to spy this morel mushroom!
36 I searched for more, but only found one other. I left them, hoping they will release their spores and produce many more mushrooms next spring.
37 Approaching the allee of linden
38 The various muscari are in full bloom.
39 Butterflies have discovered them.
40 And so have the honey bees!
41 The anemone blanda are beginning to bloom in the border with cheerful star-like blossoms.
42 The tulips are blooming in the cutting garden. These are called Sky High Scarlet.
43 Repairs continue on the carriage roads. This material is a mixture of clay and sand and is referred to as Trail Mix.
44 The rhubarb is nearly ready for picking. Rhubarb tarts, anyone?
45 A closeup of a rhubarb flower just beginning to bloom
46 A nice shot of the long pergola
47 A deep pink magnolia with the sunken bird bath beyond
48 Saplings in the head house waiting to be planted out in the woods - American hornbeam, black locust, silver maple, sugar maple, red mulberry, osage orange, American persimmon, American sycamore, and black walnut
49 Chhiring and his crew started planting them along the stream beds.
50 It's a rather small sycamore, but it will eventually become a mighty tree.