1 The grass is turning green and the budding weeping willows are bright chartreuse.
2 The weeping willows are fast-growers and needed a pruning to clear passing vehicles.
3 Chhiring and Phurba trimmed as much as possible from the ground.
4 A fruit-picking ladder was used to reach the higher branches.
5 The tips of the linden tree branches turn a reddish color as they are about to bud.
6 There is much spring growth in the shade garden near the Tenant House.
7 The daffodils planted two years ago are beginning to bloom.
8 These are muscari plants, which will send up deep purple flowers.
9 This long bed of bright blue scilla is a welcome sight.
10 Even the honey bees think so.
11 This is the long daffodil border.
12 Some early bloomers
13 Another section of the border
14 There are even thickets of daffodils blooming in the woodlands. These were planted about six years ago.
15 Bruce Corbett, who built the carriage roads at my farm, has been doing spring maintenance on all of the roadways. Here he is dumping a load of gravel.
16 This machine attachment is a type of surface planer, which smooths the surface and takes out any ruts.
17 A sub-surface layer of bedding material is spread on the roads.
18 A vibratory roller is driven over all of the surfaces to hard-pack them before the top layer of gravel is spread over.
19 The tropical greenhouse is vented during the day because it gets quite hot inside.
20 Chhiring and Phurba had the muscle job of moving the large cast iron fire pot. I keep it near my house during the winter for bonfires.
21 During warm weather, it's moved onto the great lawn.
22 They lifted it up and onto its stone base.
23 We build a fire in the pit to roast marshmallows during summer parties.
24 This is the entrance to my kitchen.
25 During a recent warm spell, I had the storm door glass removed.
26 And replaced with the screen
27 These door panels are held in place with screw locks.
28 My Chow Chow, GK, loves the cool breeze.
29 The same thing was done with the porch door.
30 The glass panels were carried away.
31 When not in use, the screens and glass panels are stored in the basement.
32 I had special boxes made for the panels. There is a box for each building and each panel slides into its own numbered slot.
33 Meanwhile, Wilmer has been busy marking out the vegetable garden.
34 Wilmer has been measuring and marking the beds and top-dressing them with rich compost.
35 The vegetable garden is next to the chicken yard.
36 Wilmer does a very nice job creating these beds.
37 Wilmer also put a layer of compost on the garlic bed.
38 The garlic was planted last autumn and is sprouting very nicely.
39 During the winter, Ryan grew many plants from seed, like this flat of tarragon, an aromatic herb.
40 Recently, Ryan and Wilmer transplanted all of the herbs into larger containers.
41 The herbs were gently removed from the growing flats, keeping as much of the root in tact as possible.
42 Each plant was placed in its own larger pot.
43 All of the transplanted herb plants were moved to the vegetable greenhouse where they will continue to grow before being hardened off for planting outdoors.
44 Lavender plants
46 Lemon balm and catnip