1 This is the colorful perennial border at the entrance to the cutting garden. It has filled in so nicely with peonies, poppies, nepeta, baptista, allium, lady's mantle, and goat's beard, to name a few.
2 A bright magenta peony against Aruncus dioicus, or goat's beard - These fluffy white plumes are reminiscent of astilbes.
3 I love these long-lasting, globe-shaped allium flowers. They're hardy, easy to care for, and they come in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times, and flower forms.
4 I simply adore Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) with their huge, crepe-petaled blooms. Ryan, my gardener, grew many flats from seed over the winter, so next year's garden should be quite spectacular, when the seedlings will be mature enough to bloom.
5 A lovely blending of poppy and allium
6 A pure white Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’, also called foxglove
7 The shade garden next to the greenhouse is amazingly lush this year. We fed all the gardens with superphosphate in the spring and I think it really helps the plants to grow well.
8 The climbing hydrangea has never looked so good.
9 A closeup of the hydrangea flower
10 The hosta are gigantic!
11 This deep red foliage belongs to cotinus, or smokebush, whose flowers will soon be open and resemble clouds of puffy smoke.
12 The long pergola is blooming with more varieties of allium, clematis, and nepeta. This is where Ryan has planted hundreds of Oriental poppies.
13 The colorful barn swallows are very busy with their nests, both in the carport and in the stable.
14 Both the male and female build the nest cup using mud. They collect mud in their bills and often mix it with grass stems to make pellets. Those pellets are laid one-by-one, until the nest is sufficiently deep.
15 The peony garden is simply splendid!
16 This garden is a work in progress. It's located behind the summer house and is surrounded by a tall American boxwood hedge. We've been filling the beds with carpets of dianthus.
17 The tropical plants are finally coming out of winter storage in the big hoop house. They will soon be displayed in various places around the farm.
18 This trailer was being filled with some of those tropical plants to take to Skylands, my home in Maine.
19 Across the way, in the new vegetable garden, Wilmer was using salt hay to line the garden paths. Salt hay is seed-free and makes a wonderful mulch.
20 All the paths between the beds are covered with the salt hay to keep weeds at a minimum.
21 The salt hay also helps to keep mud off your garden shoes when walking through the garden.
22 Wilmer and his brother, Roger have also laid out the grid for the other side of the garden where vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and beets will be planted.
23 We are so happy with how the vegetables are growing with no mole crickets gnawing away!
24 This is a variety of cabbage called Allosa and its leaves are beginning to curl to form a nice big head.
25 This is broccoli Blue Wind.
26 Ryan planted each section of fence with a different variety of pea, which are just beginning to flower. Because it was so cold, many things got a very late start in the garden.
27 You may recall that I had my entire rose garden relocated from my home in East Hampton to my farm in Bedford. I am happy to report that most of those roses survived the transplant and are leafing out nicely. These are growing next to the lilac allee.
28 This one is even blooming!
29 I am also happy to report that the honey bees in all 4 hives are alive and buzzing and are quite active.
30 This is an entire bed of garlic growing near the greenhouse. We had pumpkins and gourds growing there last autumn and after harvest, Ryan planted an assortment of hard-neck varieties of garlic. When he harvests the garlic, pumpkins will be planted again.
31 This is the blueberry pergola, which will soon be netted over to keep the birds out as the berries ripen.
32 It looks like it will be a good year for blueberries.
33 The raspberry canes are growing well.
34 They, too, are loaded with fruit.
35 This is the gooseberry patch.
36 Many, many gooseberries!
37 The currant bushes are located in front of the greenhouse.
38 I have red, white, and back currant varieties.
39 This is an East Hampton rose blooming in the cutting garden. I am pleased to see so much vigor with these transplants.
40 A beautiful apricot variety - These roses were originally planted more than 22 years ago and most of their identifying tags have disappeared.
41 A lovely mauve color
42 A delicate pale pink
43 So pretty
44 A spectacular flower form
45 A contemplative Rinze
46 Perhaps he was thinking about hay. The hay fields are growing very well and will need to be cut and baled soon. Dominic, who does this job, is keeping his eye on the weather, as he needs a stretch of 6 rainless days to get the job done. Rain is in the forecast.
47 And lastly, this is the Christmas tree field planted 4 years ago for a television segment. The trees are really taking off now!