1 What's missing from the landscape of the farm? If you guessed burlap, you are right! At long last, the weather feels safe enough to remove the winter protection from all of the boxwood and other shrubs and bushes.
2 And finally, the long daffodil border that runs along Maple Avenue is beginning to bloom.
3 What is the difference between daffodils and narcissus? The two words are actually synonymous. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils.
4 Jonquil is another common name for narcissus. This is a bright yellow miniature variety.
5 Pests, like squirrels and deer, will not eat narcissus because the bulbs and leaves contain poisonous crystals.
6 Daffodils are a great investment because under good growing conditions, these happy spring flowers should last and multiply for years and years.
7 Another fabulous deer-resistant plant is the hellebore, a winter bloomer coveted by garden enthusiasts.
8 Hellebores are fantastically easy to grow and come in an amazing range of colors from near-black, slate grey, deep purple and plum, through rich red and pinks to yellow, white and green.
9 The most impressive feature of hellebores is their five-petal bowl-shaped flowers, the petals of which may be spotted or picoteed, referring to the narrow band of darker color found on the edge of the petals.
10 Pushkinia, or striped squill, are another great garden investment.
11 Every spring these happy little bulbs burst into an ever expanding sea of blue and white flowers.
12 The hostas are poking through in the shade garden. Considered by many to be the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden, hostas come in so many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors.
13 This mixed narcissus border in the shade garden was planted last autumn for a magazine story, which will be in the September issue of Living. The majority of bulbs have yet to sprout.
14 A bed of early-blooming Chionodoxa - Glory-of-the-snow
15 The burlap wind barrier has been removed from the tree peony bed. Last autumn, I had these tall maple trees thinned out so that the peonies could receive more sunlight, which hopefully, will encourage more flower buds.
16 So far, the new growth on the tree peonies seems robust.
17 On this tall hedge of American boxwood, rather than burlap, we covered it with plastic netting attached to a frame. This type of boxwood isn't affected by the cold, but the netting did help to keep the branches from becoming misshapen, or broken, from the weight of the snow.
18 Chhewang and Phurba rolled up the netting.
19 And secured it with string
20 They used the John Deere to carry this bulky load to storage.
21 All of the weeping willow trees are leafing out, lending a pleasant yellow glow to the landscape.
22 The carriage road into the woods through bright green hay fields
23 The burlap is gone from the undulating boxwood allee, now the bamboo frame needs to be dismantled and placed in storage.
24 A view of my home across a now green paddock
25 Sasa was in the stable courtyard being groomed, as he had been having fun rolling in the paddock mud.
26 What a handsome boy!
27 The blue borders beneath the linden allee are beginning to really fill in with several shades of blue.
28 More chionodoxa encircle a tree.
29 And many more in another shade garden
30 This is the first magnolia to bloom.
31 The magnolia is a very ancient genus with fossilized specimens found dating to 95 million years ago.
32 This is a yellow magnolia yet to open.
33 The herbaceous peony bed is growing very well.
34 The peony string supports will have to be erected soon to hold up the heavy and aromatic blooms.
35 The unusual buds of a Camperdown elm
36 These little specimen tulips are now blooming beneath the Camperdown elms, although, I have to admit that I'm not crazy about this color.
37 We had so much luck growing pumpkins in this spot last season that we decided to enlarge the growing area. A sod cutter was used to cut through the turf.
38 The sod was rolled up and relocated. This new growing area will be rototilled and enriched with compost.
39 Last fall, Ryan planted garlic in the pumpkin bed. It's growing very well and should be ready to harvest by the time the pumpkin seeds are planted.
40 Chhewang also used the sod cutter to enlarge the corn field next to the new vegetable garden. This is a very clever and handy machine.