1 On Mother's Day Jude and Truman frolicked in the dandelions.
2 The middle field was ablaze with the pesky dandelions. We thought the portraits of the kids would be spectacular, and they were.
3 Jude looked for buttercups and Truman was off counting dandelions.
4 This is my favorite photo of the day - Jude picking buttercups. The light under her chin did prove to be yellow - she loves butter! Jude then tested dandelions - the reflection was also yellow meaning she loves LIONS! So she said.
5 For the Mother's Day breakfast, I made this gorgeous arrangement using one of every type of blooming lilacs. It was so pleasantly fragrant!
6 The breakfast was just a prelude to lunch, but it was so good - Balthazar croissant, cinnamon coffee cake, mandarin oranges, bagels from Murray's on the upper west side, and farm-fresh hard boiled eggs.
7 Ghenghis Khan loves to visit this field, which is the paddock where the Black Welsh sheep lived. They are now living on a very nice sheep farm. Completely fenced in, GK can run and frolic and I do not have to worry that he will find an opening in the fence to the rest of Bedford.
8 Little by little, the Summer House garden is starting to take shape. Everything is growing and there are no disasters from the harsh winter. We're just waiting for everything to green up.
9 Here's another view of the Summer House garden. The low boxwood is looking good, and the small umbrella-like trees were just planted. They are golden peashrub trees.
10 My Winter House porch is starting to look a bit more friendly, as well. I am moving the marble and stone ornaments from inside to outside, and hanging the staghorn ferns on the walls of the porch, where they grow happily all summer long.
11 On Saturday, a sudden storm appeared and the sky was spectacular!
12 The freshly mown fields were brilliant green before the rain fall.
13 The sky changed from dark, to light, to pink, to blue in a very short time.
14 In the early morning on Sunday, the terraces in front of the house looked so lush. The privet, barberry, boxwood, and tulips are all different shades of green.
15 The boxwood and the chartreuse barberry create interesting contrasts in shape and color.
16 The red tones in the distance are just budding red and purple beech trees.
17 The peony bed is growing well. It needed staking and weeding, which we did this past weekend.
18 A few mornings last week were very, very foggy. I love the mist and the mysterious light it creates.
19 Another stormy sky
20 Down the road, the blue heron rookery is in full operation.
21 This part of the swamp does not have tall enough trees. The great blue herons prefer very tall branched dead trees.
22 Even from a great distance, my Samsung Galaxy camera captures such amazing details. Can you see all the birds in their nests?
23 More of the nests
24 And speaking of nests - inside the house, more spring was happening - yet another magician dove was born!