1 It was a cool, beautiful day and mare's tail clouds streaked the sky.
2 This is a view of my home taken from the stable area.
3 There was a photo shoot going on and here we are on what's called the summer house terrace. This will be seen in the upcoming holiday issue and since I was hanging a wreath, the screen door was removed for the photo.
4 The terrace looks over this boxwood-enclosed garden, which is a work in progress.
5 The red barberry provides a pleasing contrast with the green weeping willows beyond.
6 The paddock fencing from a far corner looking towards the stable.
7 The carriage road leading into the woods.
8 Turning the opposite direction, Betsy was out exercising Rinze. What a great day for a ride!
9 Looking down the boxwood allee towards the stable
10 You may recall a blog about keeping the trunks of hurricane damaged white pine, as they were covered with climbing hydrangea vine. Right now, they don't look very different from the tall and narrow arborvitae planted among them.
11 The cutting garden is quite colorful right now.
12 There are six tall metal pyramid forms covered with morning glory vines, which are flourishing.
13 The morning glories are Ipomoea purpurea.
14 There are also beautiful mixed sunflowers and cosmos galore.
15 The honeybees love the sunflowers.
16 Someone who read my recent basket blog wanted to know what kind of trees these are. They are bald cypress trees and have very fluffy needles. My French bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey feature these trees on their blog today. www.thedailywag.com
17 The driveway wall is lined with potted succulents.
18 There are so many apples this year and the fruit is so flavorful and juicy.
19 The Gravenstein espalier - These apples are so fragrant and delicious and are a favorite for baking and making apple sauce.
20 Pruning the hornbeam hedge between the winter house and the summer house was a big project. First the sides of the hedge were trimmed. To prune the top, Wilmer stretched a string to use as a cutting guide.
21 To ensure that he got a nice straight top, Wilmer used a string level for the perfect cut.
22 Chhewang worked with Wilmer on this project.
23 Wilmer checked the levelness all along the length of the string.
24 He removed any branches interfering with the string.
25 And then he sharpened the blades of his pruning shears.
26 Chhewang followed suit.
27 Using a tall ladder, Wilmer began trimming the top, keeping his pruners even with the string.
28 Following Wilmer's lead, Chhewang pruned from the opposite side.
29 A good deal was removed from the top and it now looks nicely manicured.
30 It looks great!
31 A view in the opposite direction - Because this hedge is planted on a gradual slope, it needs to be pruned using a step method.
32 When the hedge was complete, Wilmer and Chhewang went to work on the two hornbeam trees in front of the summer house.
33 This was Friday's harvest - eggs, beets, turnips, celery, carrots, eggplant, green beans, peppers, okra, cherry tomatoes, and an assortment of larger tomatoes, which I canned over the weekend.