1 Here I am with my gardener, Ryan McCallister, who is getting ready to place the hosta transplants in the garden for digging in.
2 Quite a few plants were brought from my East Hampton gardens including many types of hosta and large-leafed petasites.
3 Many of these hostas are ripple-leafed and variegated varieties.
4 Here I was telling Ryan to plant them in all of the empty spaces in this driveway border.
5 Hostas multiply quite rapidly and many needed to be divided prior to replanting. Some separate rather easily and can simply be pulled apart.
6 Others have roots that are quite matted and need to be sliced through with a garden knife.
7 This one plant will begin to multiply after planting.
8 Division of hostas this way really increases your garden stock.
9 All of the beautifully pruned apple trees are blooming so nicely.
10 Many tulips are also beginning to bloom. This is tulip Virichic, which is growing in my terrace garden.
11 Bartok was outdoors for a little adventure.
12 The herbaceous peonies have gotten so tall and will need to be staked very soon to keep them from flopping over once the heavy flower heads begin to open.
13 The azalea garden is just beginning to bloom.
14 A view towards the stable and the purple flowering magnolia trees.
15 A reflection of the magnolias in the sunken birdbath
16 I've been growing those large-leafed petacites in the wet areas of the farm, where they thrive and multiply. I'd rather look at these interesting leaves than weeds and skunk cabbage.
17 Here's Wilmer placing the petacite transplants in the maple grove. The wooden stakes are markers for 300 locust saplings that were recently planted. I'm trying to reforest certain areas of the farm and many trees have recently been planted.
18 Everything is beginning to leaf out including the metasequoia grove near the chicken coops.
19 The fragrant lilac allee is beginning to bloom.
20 I love these dark red barberry bushes and the graceful weeping willows beyond.
21 Paddock fencing and tall white pines
22 A view towards the stable through the boxwood allee
23 The pin oak allee is leafing out and has gotten so tall! Dendi did a good job mulching around the trees' bases.
24 The blueberry patch is nicely weeded, mulched, and edged.
25 A long bed of dark purple muscari
26 Two shades of muscari are planted beneath the long pergola.
27 The shade garden around the Tenant House is growing like crazy!
28 Gorgeous pale pink helebores, dark pink dicentra, and blue pulmonaria
29 A closeup of the dicentra or bleeding hearts
30 These are established hosta plants. I love how the leaves bead with water.
31 Here's another look at the garden behind the Summer House. Things are growing quite well and I'll keep you updated as to its progress.
32 I came across this patch of ramps growing wild in the woods. Ramps are also called wild leeks and are highly sought after in farmer's markets in the spring.
33 There is also an area of the farm where morel mushrooms grow each spring.
34 Morels have a deliciously earthy and nutty flavor and they are one of the most highly sought-after wild mushrooms. These grow beneath a chestnut tree.
35 I plan on doing something with these morels on Mother's Day. Perhaps with a little caviar?