1 A crew from my TV show arrived in the morning for a production meeting. They're walking towards my house through a lovely shade garden.
2 It was a beautiful day and we held the meeting on my terrace.
3 I made cappuccinos for everyone.
4 Here we are discussing business.
5 Of course, I did some bragging about my granddaughter, Jude.
6 Meanwhile, Chef Pierre Schaedelin was inside the kitchen preparing for a special dinner party.
7 Bouillabaisse, the traditional Provençal fish stew, was on the menu. The aroma in the kitchen was fabulous!
8 I picked lots of peonies in the garden to decorate the house.
9 The colors are exquisite.
11 I have a collection of antique plant stands to display beautiful plants from the greenhouse.
12 A phalaenopsis orchid, a maidenhair fern, and a fuzzy-leaf begonia
13 So many flowers on the orchid!
14 Another begonia on a marble pedestal
15 The crew was moving my large tropicals to their warm weather locations.
16 These two phoenix robellini palms were placed at the front entrance of the Summer House.
17 The Gravenstein apple espalier is quite full this season with many apples forming.
18 The Gravenstein, a variety native to Gråsten in South Jutland, Denmark, has a sweet-tart flavor. It's one of my favorites.
19 Beneath the shade pergola is a night blooming cereus.
20 This rather ugly cactus produces stunning short-lived flowers.
21 The peas in the vegetable garden are almost ready for picking.
22 Betsy has been working with Sasa, improving on how he follows her commands.
23 Carlos has been diligent in his honey bee studies with D.J. Haverkamp of Bedford Bee. http://www.bedfordbee.com Here they are cutting a sample of early honey for me to taste.
24 D.J. explained that this nearly colorless honey is produced from black locust, an early blooming tree. It's very mild tasting.
25 They were checking the hives for queen cells and found some. If kept in the hive, the bees would produce another queen and the old queen would swarm, or flee, with most of the hive.
26 I am happy to report that the hives look very healthy.
27 D.J. and Carlos also added a shallow honey super for the bees to make honey comb in. This is an empty frame with a wax foundation for the bees to build upon.
28 A shallow super, when full of honey, weighs about 60-pounds - impressively heavy, but manageable for most beekeepers to lift and remove.
29 Carlos weighs down the hive covers with heavy stones.
30 And because the bees appear to be quite strong in this hive, D.J. instructed Carlos to remove the entrance reducer. The middle hive still has one for now.
31 Pete was using the long-handled border shears to trim the lawn and border edges.
32 This specially designed tool makes trimming borders so much easier.
33 The clematis are in full bloom along the long pergola.
34 I chose many different shades of purple for this area.
35 White variegated with lilac
36 A lovely plum shade
37 And a pretty light lilac
38 Along the outside of the pergola is where my nepeta - cat mint - grows.
39 Beautiful peonies in the cutting garden
40 Such an amazing color!
41 The border by the vegetable garden is quite spectacular.
42 A busy honey bee visiting an Oriental poppy
43 Feathery white astilbe
44 Globes of allium
45 The peonies actually had a rather short season this year due to so much rainy weather.
46 But they were very, very pretty.
47 Chhiring spreading grass seed on areas that were badly eroded.
48 The hay meadows grew fast and tall.
49 The hay was more than 3 feet tall!
50 After mowing and tedding, to dry out the hay, Dominick began raking it into wind rows.
51 This is the windrower, which gathers the hay into long rows.
52 Once the hay is in long rows.....
53 It can then be fed into the baler.
54 The hay is gathered up, compressed inside the baler, and bundled with twine.
55 The bales shoot out and land in the trailer.
56 Chhiring hauling the bales to the hay shed
57 All stacked and ready for use. By the way, it smells very sweet.