1 A view of the farm from the boxwood allee - the sky was streaked with wispy cirrus clouds.
2 Inside the corn crib, the guinea fowl chicks, which are called keets, are growing nicely. These birds, when fully grown, will be allowed to wander around the farm during the day. Their diet is mostly bugs, and they can help control the population of pesky insects.
3 Highly fragrant trumpet lilies are blooming in the perennial bed outside the vegetable garden.
4 With the oppressive heat wave that we've been having, the vegetable garden has been having a bit of a struggle this year. Many things are bolting, or going to seed quickly.
5 The broccoli must be picked and eaten before it bolts.
6 This frilly savoy cabbage is forming nicely. It will soon start forming a nice heavy head.
7 This purple cabbage is nearly ready to pick. I'll turn it into a red slaw or maybe shred and sauté it with a red onion and a bit of red wine.
8 This amazing cauliflower is called Sicilian Violet. It loses its great color when cooked, but is much more flavorful than standard white cauliflower.
9 Tomato plants like it hot and are thriving beneath their bamboo tripod supports.
10 Wilmer is doing a great job with weed control. Here he is working the chive beds.
11 There are several varieties of peppers growing, both hot and sweet.
12 Hurry up and grow, eggplants! This one is called Orient Express.
13 There are several varieties of lettuce ready for picking.
14 There are also edible flowers growing in the vegetable garden, including these brightly-colored, peppery tasting nasturtiums. I like to garnish green salads with them.
15 This tall plant is anise hyssop, whose leaves and tiny lavender-blue flowers smell and taste of anise. Despite its name, anise hyssop is in the mint family. Bees and butterflies love this plant.
16 The blueberry bushes inside this bird netting are loaded with fruit.
17 We've been picking a lot of blueberries for jam, crisps, pies, and for eating.
18 Ryan, the gardener, has been busy pruning spent leaves from all the the potted tropical plants. Here he is working on one of two ensete plants that flank the entrance of the front gate. Ensete is in the banana family, but it does not produce edible fruit.
19 More amazing trumpet lilies in the shade garden
20 A closer look, but I wish I could share the fragrance!
21 More lilies blooming in the lily fern borders
22 A pure yellow lily
23 A very beautiful orange and white tiger lily
24 These feathery lavender astilbe flowers really brighten up this shade garden.
25 Viburnums are very versatile shrubs. They are covered with creamy flowers in the spring, followed by bright red berries in summer.
26 Viburnum berries are favored by birds and other wildlife.
27 Driving along one of the carriage roads - It's hard to believe that these large weeping willow trees were small saplings not too many years ago.
28 There are plenty of wild raspberries ripening in the woods along the carriage roads for wildlife to enjoy
29 A recently mowed hayfield - one of three on the farm
30 Approaching an old apple orchard
31 As you can see, there are plenty of apples on the limbs.
32 Walking beneath the long pergola towards my house
33 Alongside the pergola, the long line of hibiscus shrubs are blooming.
34 Also near the pergola are Papaver rhoeas, or corn poppies. These flowers bloomed by the trenches on the Western Front of the first World War and because of this, they are often worn in remembrance of the war.
35 There are almost 100 different species of Papaver, like this pale pink specimen.
36 Some are variegated in color.
37 And others have fringed petals.