1 Much of the snow has melted and there are very hopeful signs that spring is definitely on its way!
2 For instance, daffodil shoots are poking through the ground in many areas of the farm.
3 This snow is shaded by tall spruce trees and hasn't melted yet.
4 Looking at the shade pergola and the headhouse and more spring shoots poking through
5 If you look very closely, you can see trout lilies beginning to grow.
6 The climbing hydrangeas are looking very healthy with many buds.
7 The long pergola has held up well over the years. I cannot wait for its posts to be covered with clematis vines.
8 I've been working on a design for a new pergola to support these large wisteria transplants from my garden in East Hampton.
9 We try to reuse as much burlap as possible, but after 2 or 3 seasons, much of the burlap covering the shrubs will have to be replaced. Too much heavy snow has weakened the fibers, causing it to rip.
10 The yellow magnolias in front of the Summer House are covered with fuzzy buds. It won't be long before they start blooming.
11 In the same area, the yellow witch hazel is in full bloom.
12 Witch hazel is the earliest flower to bloom in the garden, usually beginning in February.
13 This is the garden behind the Summer House - a work in progress. You may recall that Ryan and his team planted many lilies and allium in these beds last autumn.
14 This is the long daffodil border running along Maple Avenue.
15 Those daffodils are certainly emerging!
16 The large, recessed cement bird bath is covered with a sheet of ice.
17 Hello dear Rufus!
18 Billie, Rufus, and Clive are the sweetest miniature donkeys.
19 They're very curious and friendly creatures.
20 The allee of linden was pruned very nicely last autumn.
21 These daffodils are yellow because they had been covered with a layer of autumn leaves. They'll soon turn green now that they're exposed to the sun.
22 Orange witch hazel
23 And red witch hazel
24 More yellow daffodil shoots
25 These purple crocus will soon be open.
26 The tropical plants are thriving in this heated greenhouse.
27 A large pair of cycads are under-planted with baby tears.
28 Baby tears is a moss-like creeping plant composed of thread-like stems with tiny leaves. It trails over the edge of pots beautifully and when pinched, it grows into a perfect bright green mound.
29 This red banana tree is so attractive.
30 And I especially love this purple oxalis.
31 A baby stag-horn fern has germinated on the side of this coconut fiber, or coir, hanging basket.
32 This is an agave with a rather enormous flower stalk. When an agave flowers, it's not necessarily a happy occasion because agaves are monocarpic, meaning they die after flowering.
33 The flower stalk branches and produces a mass of nectar-rich flowers, which is where agave nectar comes from. The blossoms turn into little plants and when the mother agave dies, the stalk topples, sending the offspring to the ground, where hopefully, they root and grow.
34 The fig trees have fruit.
35 These are sago pups, which were removed from the parent plants last autumn. We are waiting for them to root and grow, a process that can take 8 or 9 months, or more.
36 The amazing fan-shaped leaves of a Bismarckia palm
37 And the super hairy stems of a giant tree fern
38 This tropical greenhouse is a wonderful escape from the chill of winter.
39 Last autumn, Ryan and Wilmer planted 2 rows of hard-neck garlic, using these strings as a planting guide.
40 A view of the stable
41 The chickens are happy in their yard now that the snow has melted.
42 Looking towards my house from the stable
43 Sasa sauntered over to say hello.
44 So content!
45 A view through the naked trees to the hayfield beyond
46 This is the pinetum, which is growing nicely.
47 Another view of the stable
48 This will be the second season for this cutting garden.
49 Chionodoxa, also known as glory-of-the-snow, is blooming next to a door step.
50 Galanthus, or snow drops, are another sign that spring is on its way!