1 The last snowfall has finally melted and it's really beginning to feel and look like spring may finally be here. This is one of the old apple trees here on the farm. I just love its form, which will soon be covered with blossoms and leaves.
2 Popping out of this long bed are mixed narcissus and muscari.
3 Hosta and other perennials are finally emerging in the perennial beds. This garden is adjacent to the shade pergola next to the greenhouse.
4 Across the drive, a thicket of scilla, perennials in the hyacinth family, are blooming next to a door step.
5 White crocus are naturalizing on this section of lawn.
6 With their yellow/orange centers, these little flowers are very spring-like.
7 This is an iris reticulata 'Pixie', a low-growing dwarf iris that blooms in March to early April.
8 Another dwarf iris called histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' - This one has unusual colors and lots of striping.
9 The blue-flowering bulbs are beginning to bloom beneath the linden allee. You may recall that three years ago, 116,000 spring-flowering bulbs were planted in these two long beds.
10 The first to bloom are these pretty crocus.
11 Another view
12 This is a pale cluster of daffodils that was just cleared of leaves. The leaves will turn green with exposure to the sun.
13 These crocus are growing very nicely at the base of a tall maple tree.
14 I was tempted to have all of the burlap removed a couple of weeks ago. Good thing it wasn't because we got a good 5-inches of snow last week. This is the herbaceous peony garden.
15 The peonies are pushing through the rich soil of their long beds.
16 The witch hazel is still blooming outside of the summer house.
17 The long daffodil border that cascades the border of the property along Maple Avenue is really making progress.
18 The swelling buds of a purple magnolia
19 And the nicely textured buds of an American horse chestnut tree
20 In another week or two, this weeping cherry will be covered with masses of white flowers.
21 This is the pin oak allee, which was just pruned last week. it looks nice and trim and the trees are growing beautifully.
22 Ramon looks a bit sleepy after spending the night outdoors. Perhaps the full moon has something to do with it.
23 The chickens and guinea fowl love wandering free range in this grassy area during the day.
24 Turning in the opposite direction, a view of my house and stable
25 Lichen upon a branch - Lichen are unusual composite organisms - a symbiotic relationship of a fungus and an algae. Lichens are able to exist in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.
26 A view through the woods towards a hay field
27 These beech trees are still holding last year's dried leaves.
28 The next time I share this view, the burlap will be removed, revealing the green boxwood beneath.
29 I instructed the farm crew to give the lawn areas a really good raking to remove the thatch, which is dead grass and dried grass clippings. Removing it allows air to penetrate to the roots, making for a healthier lawn.
30 Wilmer has been working to trim and clean all of the flower beds.
31 Chhewang's task was to begin removing the burlap coverings. He was instructed to start with the terrace gardens.
32 Lifting the burlap revealed lovely snowdrops.
33 As it is removed, the burlap is folded neatly and well-marked with the location it was covering, so that hopefully, it can be used again next autumn.
34 Last summer, Ryan, my gardener, planted quite a bit of sedum in the cracks of the terrace wall. The plants survived the winter very well and are beginning to leaf out. This is an attractive red variety.
35 And a lovely green variety with rose-tipped leaves.
36 These hanging catkins are the flowers of a hazelnut or filbert tree.
37 I have a small grove of hazelnut trees near the greenhouse that are quite prolific. The trouble is, so are the squirrels!
38 More signs of spring can been found next to the wetlands where the pussy willows grow. Salix discolor are very early bloomers and true harbingers of spring. They like growing in wet areas.
39 Pussy willows are loved for their furry catkins that look like little cat feet. These are dark gray.
40 An unusual variety with coiled branches
41 The male catkins produce pollen-bearing anthers.
42 A closer look
43 This is a curly willow, which is great in arrangements.
44 This is a black variety
45 Turning away from the pussy willows, this is the view looking towards the greenhouses. The main greenhouse is on the left and the vegetable greenhouse is the one to the right.