1 This is the herbaceous peony bed which bloomed so beautifully in late May.
2 All of the spent blooms have been neatly snipped off, a process known as deadheading. This is done so that the plant won't spend its energy making seeds and will focus, instead, on strong growth for next season.
3 I am so proud of this long undulating boxwood allee that leads to the stable. It has remained quite healthy and has much vigorous new growth.
4 Betsy collected the Friesians from their night out in the paddock and was leading them to the stable.
5 One by one, each horse is expertly groomed, which the Friesians thoroughly enjoy.
6 The donkeys, on the other hand, looked slightly skeptical while Linda, the farrier, trimmed their hooves.
7 Proper angle, healthy frogs, neatly trimmed bars, and a beveled wall are just as essential for donkeys, as for horses. If neglected, a donkey's heels tend to grow very tall, leading to all sorts of hoof and joint problems.
8 Linda trims the donkey hooves about every six weeks.
9 This is the walk leading to the tropical courtyard.
10 This courtyard is located on the road side of my house and the tropical plants - cycads, Bismarkia palms, agave, giant ferns, etc. - really thrive in this hot and sunny location.
11 The base of this giant cycad is spilling over with a lovely plant called baby tears.
12 My fig trees also do very well here in the courtyard.
13 I've been enjoying a steady crop of sweet and juicy figs.
14 The main greenhouse is home to many more tropical plants in my collection. This side has has mostly cactus, succulents, and topiaries. The great pink-colored hanging plant is a pseudorhipsalis, a genus of cacti.
15 I love the color of this very fleshy leafed succulent.
16 This aeonium, another succulent, has branched out and is thriving.
17 This echiverea, also a succulent, is a nice shade of pinkish-gray.
18 A pool of water collected in its very center from a recent watering.
19 The opposite side of the greenhouse is where the more tender leafed plants are kept - begonias, ferns, orchids, etc.
20 I am very fond of the textures and colors of my begonia plants.
21 This is the entrance to the vegetable garden. The little houses are the chicken coops.
22 This summer has been extremely hot and the vegetables have been growing very quickly.
23 We haven't had much of a lettuce crop because of the heat and the peas had a very short season.
24 The cabbages are growing very well.
25 We have a large assortment of peppers, both sweet and hot.
26 So far, the tomato crop looks good. We grow many kinds, including a fair amount of heirloom varieties.
27 There are many tomatoes on the vines.
28 We'll have plenty of onions to harvest.
29 We grow red onions.
30 As well as white and yellow varieties.
31 The carrots, beets, turnips, and chard love the heat.
32 Purple bell-shaped clematis climb along the vegetable garden fence.
33 This large open space outside of the vegetable garden is devoted to garlic, artichokes, summer squash, and corn. The ground has been covered with salt hay to help control weeds.
34 The chickens love when visitors come to the vegetable garden.
35 They look on with great curiosity.