1 With warmer temperatures, the peony garden is finally blooming.
2 This two-toned anemone-shaped peony is simply spectacular.
3 Each long bed is planted with two rows of a different variety of peony. Because the varieties have different blooming times, we get to enjoy their beauty over an extended period.
4 Another beauty - a single variety
5 These gorgeous Chinese snowball viburnum are laden with hydrangea-like blooms.
6 The white garden on the side of my house has a standard white wisteria blooming in each front corner. The cement pots on the low wall are filled with unusual container plants.
7 I was so happy to find these dwarf German iris called 'What Again.' They'll be a wonderful addition to a flower border.
8 The highly fragrant Miss Kim standard lilac smell so good!
9 These white allium are blooming so nicely in the Summer House garden.
10 We've covered the donkey paddock with black plastic to burn the lush spring grass. Donkeys don't know when to stop eating and too much grass causes weight gain, putting too much stress on their fetlocks, a hoof issue.
11 In the meantime, Clive, Rufus, and Billie are looking quite content in their stable paddock, eating a controlled diet.
12 The red horse chestnut, Aseculus x carnea ‘Briotti’, are in full bloom.
13 I have them planted in several locations. This grove is just outside the donkey paddock.
14 The linden allee with blue spring blooms beneath
15 This is a load of black gold, the nutrient-rich compost we make at the farm.
16 Wilmer is spreading that compost in the vegetable garden, creating fertile raised beds for planting.
17 Early planting included broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, and leeks.
18 A variety of edible peas climb upon the garden fence. These are Corne de Belier, a delicious French snow pea with flavorful large, flat pods that are perfect for steaming, sauteing, and nibbling on fresh from the garden.
19 The boxwood allee leading to the stable looks quite healthy after our brutal winter. Two more chestnut trees flank the end of the allee.
20 This is a new addition to the farm - a nicely shaped weeping larch planted in a triangle at intersecting roads. The flat stone is a drain cover.
21 The pin oak allee has really leafed out. You can see the weeping larch at the end.
22 The perennial border outside the cutting garden is blooming with bearded iris, peony, and allium.
23 The cutting garden is beginning to take shape as Ryan fills the beds with perennials he grew from seed over the winter.
24 The shade garden adjacent to the main greenhouse has never looked so good!
25 It's filled with a variety of ferns, hosta, Solomon seal, allium, and climbing hydrangea.
26 A closeup of the allium
27 The epimedium have really spread. I love this red-edged chartreuse leaf.
28 And this Japanese painted fern, washed with gorgeous silver and burgundy markings
29 A red Japanese maple and cotinus, or smoke bush, add a lovely red to the garden.
30 A two-toned hosta
31 And a chartreuse leafed hosta
32 This is the shade pergola where plants from the greenhouses will be placed beneath until next autumn.
33 One view of the Tenant House and another spectacular shade garden.
34 The other side - The ostrich ferns are incredibly tall!
35 A view of the front of the Tenant House
36 Looking at two flowering quince trees and the corn crib
37 A view across a paddock and the stable
38 Looking towards my house
39 Another view of my house and the boxwood hedge surrounding the peony garden
40 Although short-lived, the azaleas were so vibrant this year.
41 Wilmer and Chhewang expertly pruned the terrace boxwood and golden barberry.
42 Looking out at the farm from the front porch of my house