1 Mother's Day has assumed a new significance for me ever since Alexis had her two children two years ago. Now we really have great things to celebrate! I got up early and took some photos around the farm.
2 The wisteria standards are performing especially well this year. I have never had so many glorious blooms!
3 This area is the lily and fern garden, which is newly weeded and edged.
4 These are pink wisteria standards, a shot taken from the saddle height of my horse, Rinze.
5 The muscari are especially thick and vibrant this year.
6 The pin oak allee is especially verdant, as well.
7 The white clematis growing upon the grape arbor is blooming very early this year.
8 This view is looking north towards the newly installed bee hives.
9 It was especially magical riding the horses into the woodland.
10 The woodland cottage was so pretty except for the extreme amount of garlic mustard weed.
11 Vivaldi was resting on Mothers Day in the warm sunlight.
12 So was Bartok. The girl cats, Princess Peony and Empress Tang, were resting in the basement.
13 Vivaldi has been rather cranky lately, and that's why his coat is a bit matted. However, I was a good mother and groomed him thoroughly on Mother's Day.
14 After my horseback ride, the babies arrived with Alexis and Kevin. We went to see the queen bee installation. As reported in yesterday's blog, one of the four queens had not survived the transplant five days before, so a new queen was delivered.
15 A sheet of newsprint was placed between the supers. This allows the new queen and her drones in the upper super to establish before all the worker bees come up into her chamber. The bees eat their way through the paper.
16 The four bee colonies seem to be healthy and active. Let's hope they remain so.
17 The quince trees were in full bloom in front of the bee hives and the sky was azure blue.
18 Quince trees bear a fruit that looks similar to a pear, however, it is only edible when cooked. I love making fragrant quince jelly. Some people grow this tree only for its attractive pink blossoms.
19 Kevin and Tuman picked buttercups. Truman does not have too much interest in flowers, paying more attention to the animals and machinery at the farm.
20 Jude, on the other hand, loves picking flowers. She smells them and studies them intently.
21 The donkeys love when the children come to visit.
22 The flowering crab apples were at their apex on Sunday.
23 The copper beeches were so deep red!
24 The cumulus clouds reminded me of early English and French landscape paintings.
25 The images were breathtaking everywhere one pointed the camera.
26 The boxwood allee is especially green and luxurious.
27 Alexis and Jude visited the horses, who were being groomed in the stable.
28 Truman took over the Kawasaki, driving very well on the curvy roads.
29 He has good control.
30 Then Jude took over the wheel.
31 The hay fields are growing thick grasses.
32 Lunch was at Stone Barns, Blue Hill Restaurant's country outpost. These are baby radishes on ice.
33 Rhubarb, poached with sugar and spice, looked just like hamachi (yellowtail sushi), but tasted like rhubarb.
34 Jude's favorite was served on a straw nest - little vermicelli nests, mashed potato, and slow cooked egg yolk dusted with secret "dirt".
35 We were also served a rhubarb puree on a multi-grain cracker with larch needles. It tasted quite a bit like smoked salmon.
36 These were cream puffs, which had no taste relation to what we are used to!
37 A serving of baby leaf salads and herb flowers with an extract of beets and herbs was excellent!
38 This is a salad of baby lettuce stuffed with homemade capicola, herb flowers, and asparagus tips.
39 We also had baby asparagus grilled with larch boughs.
40 Jude explored other areas of the rest of the restaurant during lapses between courses.
41 We visited the pig sty. Jude loved the pigs. The humanely raised Berkshire pork is served at the restaurant.
42 Jude did sneak into all of the heated areas where the baby chicks are growing.
43 After lunch, we visited the Rockefeller State Park, where the Japanese tree peony garden is in full bloom. It was lovely!