1 Another glorious sunrise at the farm
2 All of my animals love to venture outdoors in the cool of the morning.
3 Handsome Vivaldi, one of my Himalayan cats is a very spry fifteen years old!
4 Empress Tang, a dominant calico Persian, and her sister, Princess Peony, are always slinking about outside.
5 These two cats were born on May 1, 2009, and moved in with me exactly four months later.
6 This is the little corn crib on the farm. Francesca and Sharkey teach a lesson about it on their blog today. http://dailywag.marthastewart.com/ The corn crib hasn't been used for anything much, until now....
7 I decided to get a dozen guinea fowl chicks and they are being raised in the corn crib until they are old enough to wander around outside.
8 Guinea fowl are insect eaters and my purpose in raising them is to help free my gardens and grounds of harmful insects, like Japanese beetles and ticks.
9 A side entrance of the greenhouse with a lush shade garden - The vines growing up the trees are climbing hydrangea, which are growing amazingly well.
10 This is the summer home of my citrus plants.
11 Adjacent to the citrus trees is the shade pergola for many potted tropical plants.
12 Beneath the shade pergola, the hymenocallis, or spider lilies are blooming.
13 Hymenocallis is a genus of plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. It contains more than 60 species native to tropical and subtropical America.
14 A yellow variety of hymenocallis, which has a deep green center
15 Wilting clivia blooms, but pretty, non-the-less, covered with water droplets
16 The wall inside the driveway gate is adorned with painted iron urns, planted with various agaves and succulents.
17 This agave looks especially pretty with white and pink cotinus, or smoke bush, behind it.
18 A recent acquisition - a green-painted cement bird bath - I love its shape!
19 Another pretty urn
20 The fenced in vegetable garden is growing very well this season.
21 There are rows and rows of wonderful crops.
22 Many types of leaf lettuce is maturing well.
23 The tomato plants have been neatly staked with bamboo tripods.
24 There are many varieties of tomatoes, both heirloom and hybrid.
25 I hope it will be a good year for tomatoes.
26 There are also many types of peppers planted.
27 And eggplant, too
28 My gardener, Ryan, who is from California, has planted beautiful California poppies in the vegetable garden.
29 The fruit on all the apple trees continues to grow.
30 Another lush shade garden next to the Tenant House
31 Turning in the opposite direction, this large garden is filled with rows of lilies and ferns. The lilies are just beginning to bloom.
32 A lovely orange Asiatic lily
33 And a great yellow one
34 Fragrant Oriental lilies in the cutting garden
35 The baby chicks that arrived last April are strong and happy and will begin laying small eggs soon.
36 Beautiful white silkies
37 Every Friday, the hen houses get a thorough cleaning. All of the wood shavings are swept up and replaced.
38 The used shavings are taken to the compost yard.
39 Pomeranian geese were bred by Northern German farmers in Pomerania in 1500 to guard their livestock. These geese are very protective of the chickens.
40 The corn in the new corn field is growing very quickly.
41 Rufus, Clive, and Billie are happy in their new paddock.