1 It's unusual to see the farm so green in the middle of August.
2 With all of the rain we've been getting, the boxwood hedging around the herbaceous peony bed will need a pruning soon, as it has so much new growth.
3 Turning towards the house - That potted alocasia, or elephant ear plant, has grown tremendously this summer!
4 A view down towards the chicken coops.
5 The Cross River Reservoir, part of New York City's water supply is located further beyond.
6 This 3.2-mile-long reservoir was constructed around the turn of the 20th-century by damming the Cross River, a tributary of the Croton River, which eventually flows into the Hudson River.
7 Walking along the carriage road with the stable now in view
8 And now the iconic ancient apple trees which, by the way, are loaded with apples.
9 The Gravenstein apple espalier - The fruit is very pretty.
10 Many varieties of gourds and squash are now growing on the pergola.
11 The gourds and squash are growing up and over the existing clematis vines along the length of the pergola.
12 The lovely blossom of an apple gourd. These fun gourds have a similar shape to an apple, but grow to be much larger, about 6" to 7" wide.
13 A clinging gourd tendril - This one has been stretched out, like an extended spring.
14 The trumpet-like flower and the young fruit of Zucchetta Tromba D'Albenga. This will eventually become a bulbous gourd, growing 3-feet or more and will twist around itself.
15 This is the flower and the forming fruit of a loofah vine. Loofah is an elongated squash that is popular in Asian and African cuisine. The ripe dried fruit is also the source of the loofah sponge.
16 A late-blooming variety of clemetis also growing on the pergola
17 A clematis seed pod with its hair-like extensions
18 A busy bee deep inside a squash blossom ensures pollination. Notice the tiny ant?
19 A close-up of a delicate squash tendril - You can almost feel its energy.
20 The beautiful and complex blossom of passiflora incarnata, or passionflower - These amazing vines are growing on the four end posts of the pergola.
21 A visit to the berry patch reveals that red raspberries are still there for the picking.
22 And so are golden raspberries.
23 The grapes in my little vineyard are beginning to ripen. These are table grapes grown for eating, unlike varieties grown specifically for wine production or for drying into raisins.
24 A late-blooming white lily, seemingly unaffected by so much rain. Lilies tend to get mottled when their petals get wet.
25 While often regarded as a weed in most vegetable gardens, purslane is quite a tasty addition to salads and stews and can even be cooked like spinach. In Chinese medicine, it's used to to soothe insect and snake bites.
26 Because it was raining so hard, Shaun was catching up on some greenhouse chores. Here he is pruning an ivy globe topiary.
27 And here he is pruning another topiary - a coprosma x kirkii 'Variegata'.
28 It's very important to prune topiaries regularly to maintain a nice tight shape.
29 Coprosma x kirkii 'Variegata' has compact and dense foliage and makes a great topiary. And, yes, that's a Guy Wolff pot. http://www.guywolff.com/
30 Years ago, I commissioned Guy to throw the pots when my Bedford greenhouse was constructed. They were all stamped with my name.
31 Outside in the vegetable garden, Ryan and Wilmer were busy between deluges removing tall weeds from the asparagus patch.
32 Varieties of climbing beans are growing along the vegetable garden fence. Meraviglia di Venezia, or Marvel of Venice, is a heavy producer of up to 10-inch meaty light yellow roma type beans.
33 Different varieties of cucumbers are also growing upon the fence. This is a striped Armenian variety, which is an excellent slicer having flesh that's mild, sweet, and crunchy.
34 There are several varieties of peppers. This one is Giallo d'Asti, an Italian variety, which will grow larger and turn a lovely shade of yellow/orange.
35 And also different types of eggplants.
36 We're also trying our luck with watermelon.
37 This one is Janosik, an unusual yellow flesh variety from Poland, prized for its wonderful flavor.
38 The tomato patch did not fare well with all the rainfall. Too much rain caused foliage to turn brown.
39 Too much rain causes the fruit to grow too quickly, splitting the thin skin apart.
40 It's heart-breaking to see so many tomatoes just rotting on the vine.
41 The hosta plants in the perennial beds continue to produce flowers, which bees and hummingbirds adore.
42 Rain drops beading on foliage
43 Alchemilla, or lady's mantle, is a popular perennial in the garden. Its tufted leaves are covered with soft hairs, which hold water drops on the surface and along the edges.
44 Common clover also holds water droplets very well.
45 After three days of dreary rainfall, the clouds literally parted.
46 We were reminded of what the blue sky looked like.