January 16, 2013
Early Morning at The Farm Two Days in a Row
Last Friday morning was perfectly splendid at the farm. As you may know from reading this blog, I love capturing spectacular sunrises and Friday's was particularly impressive. Please read today's Daily Wag for a really good lesson about the Compost Tea System from Growing Solutions.
1 When I came downstairs into the kitchen last Friday, I noticed a warm and inviting glow through the window. I immediately grabbed my camera and went outside to investigate.
2 The sunrise was spectacular!
3 The sky was aglow with many shades of mauve and salmon.
4 Even the high windows of the carport were dazzling.
5 The tall and stately spruce trees around the tenant house looked fantastic against this backdrop.
6 The following morning was a very different experience.
7 There was no discernable sunrise because of the dense blanket of fog.
8 The Camperdown Elm is an attractive tree during all seasons. When its thick foliage drops, it has a pleasant weeping form. The first Camperdown Elm was produced around 1835 in Scotland when the Earl of Camperdown's gardener, grafted a mutant contorted branch upon the trunk of a Wych Elm.
9 Walking through the grove of apple espalier trees, the remaining snow on the ground was quite crunchy that morning.
10 These odd-looking burlap-covered objects are standard lilac trees. I look forward to spring when the air is filled with the heady perfume of their blooms.
11 One of the original apple trees of the farm - A couple of its heavy limbs are cradled by upright supports to keep them from breaking. These old apple trees also have terrific form all year long, as well.
12 Francesca, in her orange jacket, is always hopeful of catching the squirrels that live in a hollow of this tree.
13 Looking across the lily beds, the bald cypress trees, and the long pergola - Not much else is visible beyond.
14 Walking past the vegetable garden towards the headhouse of the greenhouse - I am developing plans to move the vegetable garden elsewhere and install a swimming pool and formal gardens in its place. I miss not having a swimming pool.
15 This grove of pear trees produced quite a bit of fruit last season. This was helped by a good pruning the year before.
16 Stonehenge of Bedford - Remember my blog from Nov. 30th about topping off the damaged white pines near the greenhouse because of the climbing hydrangea growing upon their trunks?
17 Looking toward a grouping of fastigiate oak trees. Columnar or fastigiate trees make ideal candidates for landscape areas where space is restricted or where a conventional tree with wide-spreading branches would not be appropriate, like this area next to the greenhouse parking area.
18 Another look at those spruce trees - After having one land on the roof of the tenant house during Hurricane Sandy, I feel uneasy about their proximity to the building. During a prior windy storm, another spruce uprooted and crashed down just inches from the house.
19 These recently planted evergreens in front of the tenant house are growing nicely and are intended to provide privacy from the road and to fill in where other trees were lost or damaged from storms.
20 Another Camperdown Elm was luckily spared by the fallen spruce that fell on the tenant house.
21 This is the gym/garage located at the front gate to my property. My gym is located on the second floor and I frequent it most weekday mornings.
22 This is the shade garden behind the tenant house. With two more spruce trees down, there will be far less shade. We'll have to see if it can still be called the shade garden when summer arrives.
23 The dirt patch to the right is where we extended the garden bed to make room for an additional 3,000 narcissus bulbs of various varieties. It will be so exciting to see come spring.