1 My daffodil border, which extends a great distance along Maple Avenue bloomed very early this year - about three weeks early! These lovely blooms may be 'Fortissimo'.
2 Several different varieties were planted in large groupings along the border. This white one with its coral banded trumpet may be 'Pink Charm'.
3 And this bright yellow daffodil with this vibrant orange center is most likely 'Serola'.
4 The paddocks are turning greener by the day!
5 Empress Tang enjoys napping in bowls, but couldn't figure out how to get comfortable in this empty cement urn.
6 The Gravenstein espalier survived the winter splendidly.
7 The leaves and buds are numerous.
8 This bed of chionodoxa is such a striking shade of blue.
9 Chionodoxa, also called Glory-of-the-snow, come in blue, white, or pink.
10 These tall spiky objects are the emerging leaves of hosta.
11 And these fiddleheads are the unfurling fronds of the ostrich fern, which many people consider a spring delicacy.
12 You can practically see the peony beds growing taller.
13 The tree peonies, which do not die down to the ground in autumn are also growing extremely well.
14 The new growth of leaves also includes numerous flower buds, promising for a prolific yield.
15 The bright pink magnolias are in the process of flowering.
16 The blooms are such a pleasing shade of pink.
17 The weeping cherry is magnificent.
18 The allee of linden with its blue border in its early stages of flower
19 Anemone or Grecian Windflowers
20 A honeybee enjoying a chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Giant’
21 And beautiful muscari
22 The Japanese maple grove looks strong and healthy.
23 This colorful bark and bright green foliage belong to Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame'.
24 With foliage growing by the day, the willow groves are creating cool shade.
25 So much has grown in just one week! With its dramatic appearance and rounded, weeping shape, the willow is one of the fastest growing shade trees, growing up to 6-8 feet a year, or more!
26 The catkins, or flowers, of the willow
27 The larch is another fast-growing tree which, although a conifer, is a deciduous tree that drops its needle-like leaves in the autumn.
28 A closer look at those larch leaves beginning to grow
29 While driving around the farm, I spotted this Cooper Hawk. These are some of the world’s most skillful fliers that can tear through tightly knit tree canopies at high speed in pursuit of other birds.
30 I don't think that this little pond shed, which sits between the pond and Girdle Ridge, has ever been seen on this blog. I had the original shed rebuilt. It's where ice skaters can rest and warm up before going back onto the ice.
31 I have plans to landscape the pond with beautiful azalea bushes.
32 Another shed at the farm is situated deep in the woodland. The gardens around it are planted with all sorts of woodland specimens.
33 This is a corydalis, which this bumblebee is very fond of.
34 A nice shot of a verdant hayfield with the horse run in in the distance
35 The front entrance of the main greenhouse at the farm is surrounded by berry bushes and perennial beds.
36 Early blooming trout lilies are a cheerful sight in the perennial beds.
37 A very graceful flow with upturned petals
38 Another view of the greenhouse and head house
39 There is a lot of growth on these raspberry bushes.
40 The wetlands look great now that they've been cleaned out so well of all the overgrown brambles.
41 The vegetable garden has been laid out with neat, long raised beds.
42 We have plans for planting squash and pumpkins in this area. Chhiring is using a sod cutting machine to remove the grass from the new bed. It cuts the grass, with roots attached, into long strips.
43 Those strips of sod are then rolled up to be used elsewhere.
44 Phurba uses the flat edge of a garden spade to cut the strips into manageable sizes.
45 A sod cutter is a very handy tool!