1 The allium have been amazing this year and are a real favorite of bees galore.
2 These lovely and fragrant blooms belong to a styrax tree.
3 I have two styrax trees growing outside the door of the blog studio.
4 With all the rain we've been getting, the grass is growing almost too fast and too thick.
5 The strawberry vines are also very thick.
6 And the berries are forming nicely.
7 Next to the strawberry patch is the netted blueberry pergola.
8 I cannot wait for the first sun-ripe blueberries!
9 There are so many wild turkeys on the farm. They find shelter in the woods and feast on insects in the meadows. They actually eat many harmful ticks.
10 The ostrich ferns along the stream beds are quite lush.
11 As are the Christmas tree ferns. Look closely and you'll see one of the newly planted silver maple saplings.
12 The meadows will need to be cut for baling very soon.
13 In the cutting garden, it's time for Oriental poppies with their crepe-petaled blooms.
14 A closeup of a hairy poppy bud.
15 Oriental Poppy blossoms last only a week or two, but during that time, they furnish one of the high points of the gardening season.
16 Oriental poppies come in gorgeous shades of pinks, reds, oranges, and whites.
17 A double-bloom California poppy
18 Early in the spring, many, many Asiatic lilies were planted in the cutting garden and they are growing well.
19 It's always great to see the tall spikes of lupines blooming.
20 Lupines come in lovely shades of pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and even red!
21 A view of the Japanese maple grove
22 A view from my kitchen porch overlooking the apple espalier and the clematis pergola
23 A rather dramatic sky over the farm
24 The azaleas at their peak
25 The tree peony bed before the rain started
26 Such large and fragrant blooms
28 A closer look
29 I just love tree peonies.
30 Another view with great light
31 And another
32 So many flowers on one bush!
33 Another great shot
34 Looking down towards the stable
35 These are my new baby chicks, which are just over a month old.
36 They have grown quickly and are all healthy.
37 Later in the week, Clive, one of the miniature donkeys, spied some action near the stable.
38 It was a group from The Native Plant Center http://www.nativeplantcenter.org/index.html that came for the first garden tour of the season. Shaun greeted the group at the gate.
39 Walking through the allée of linden
40 And through the stable
41 My Friesians are always gracious with company.
42 And so are the donkeys.
43 Patty, Maryann, and Jeri were celebrating Maryann's birthday.
44 The horse chestnuts were in full bloom and attracted many curious eyes.
45 The stable courtyard
46 After the stable, the group walked up the carriage road towards the peonies.
47 Unfortunately, the tree peonies were nearly spent, as it rained for several days during peak blooming season.
48 The tree peony bed is a long sweep.
49 This variegated maple attracted a lot of attention.
50 Native Plant Center members and my friends and neighbors, Laura Blau and Denise Santomero
51 After the peonies, Shaun walked the group towards the vegetable garden. The fragrant Japanese lilac was in full bloom.
52 The clematis pergola begins across from the Japanese lilac.
53 Many of the clematis are in bloom.
54 One of the few males on the tour
55 Walking through the vegetable garden
56 The gooseberry patch is incredible!
57 And there are so many berries on the bushes.
58 Entering the greenhouse
59 Admiring the begonias
60 And enjoying the fragrance of scented geranium
61 On the other side of the greenhouse is the currant patch.
62 It's a good year for currants, as well.
63 Strolling through a verdant shade garden
64 And onto my terrace
65 Where Laura Acuna was ready to serve a refreshment
66 She makes her iced punch with a strong brew of Red Zinger tea and lots of fresh fruit.
67 Lemon sugar cookies and chocolate chip from my Martha Stewart Cookies book
68 A rare yellow tree peony
69 Mingling on the terrace