1 This is Billie, one of my three miniature Sicilian donkeys, along with Clive and Rufus. They are so, so happy now that spring is finally arriving.
2 For the longest time, the tree buds remained tightly closed, but suddenly, changes are occurring. This is a red horse chestnut tree, one of several on the farm. Once it leafs out, it produces gorgeous clusters of deep pink blossoms.
3 And here are the new leaves unfurling. You can even see what will be the flower inside.
4 There are three weeping cherry trees on the slope behind the stable. You can see the long daffodil border beyond.
5 The weeping cherry flowers are beginning to open and in a few days, these trees will be a snowy mass of delicate white flowers.
6 This is a sargent crabapple tree. It will soon produce pink buds that open into pure white blossoms followed by 1/3"-1/2" berry-like fruits that turn bright red in early fall and remain on the tree into winter.
7 Bright yellow trout lilies are blooming among the pale blue pushkinia in this shade garden.
8 The currant bushes, next to the greenhouse, were so nicely pruned earlier in the spring by Wilmer, and are really leafing out.
9 The gooseberries behind the greenhouse are very healthy.
10 The apricot trees in the same area are blossoming.
11 The filbert trees have already produced their hanging catkin flowers and are now sending forth leaves. Nuts will form by autumn.
12 This perennial bed is beginning to fill in.
13 These fuzzy alien-like objects just poked through the ground and they are the fiddleheads of cinnamon ferns. Cinnamon ferns are quite large, with fronds growing up to six feet long and a foot wide.
14 Budding blueberry bushes
15 The weeping willows are transitioning from yellow to green as leaves emerge.
16 These daffodils have naturalized alongside one of the hay fields.
17 This beech tree is still holding many of its dried leaves.
18 With new leaves on the way, those old leaves will eventually fall off.
19 The old apple trees are getting ready to flower.
20 As is the grove of apple espalier
21 And the Gravenstein apple espalier
22 The standard lilacs survived the winter splendidly.
23 You can see the tiny lilac flower clusters, which will enlarge and bloom so fragrantly.
24 This is one of two Camperdown elms just off the terrace.
25 I just love their fuzzy pom-pom blooms.
26 Another look
27 The contrasting terrace hedge of teucrium, boxwood, and golden barberry is beginning to fill in with color as new leaves grow.
28 The yellow magnolia have not yet opened.
29 Nor have the purple magnolia
30 So far, only white magnolia have bloomed.
31 This tree is a hornbeam and soon, its very interesting structure will be hidden beneath a canopy of green leaves.
32 The carpinus, or upright European hornbeam hedges are beginning to leaf out.
33 Climbing hydrangea cling to many trees on the property and they're all looking great.
34 The tree peonies are looking very promising.
35 And the herbaceous peony garden isn't too far from my house.