1 The temperatures dropped just enough for us to get a bit of snow here at the farm. It's hard to resist taking photos whenever the snow begins to fall.
2 These photos were taken early morning, while the snow was still coming down.
3 This is a mounting block in front of my house. I like how it has weathered over the years. I have one here and one by the stable for getting on and off the horses.
4 A view of the carriage road in front of my Winter House. Although we had a pretty mild winter here in the Northeast this year, the burlap really held up well.
5 The antique fencing always looks so pretty covered in snow.
6 This is the narrow path between the herbaceous peony bed and one of the paddocks.
7 A look inside the herbaceous peony garden surrounded by the burlap covered boxwood hedges. I can't wait until this garden is once again filled with rows and rows of colorful pink and white peonies.
8 The big ginkgo tree in the garden behind my Summer House is probably more than 200-years old. Although ginkgos grow the world over, some of the oldest specimens are found in South Korea, Japan, and in China, where there is one that is reported to be more than three-thousand years old.
9 The side entrance to my ginkgo and boxwood garden behind the Summer House. The snow is just starting to collect on the netted American boxwood hedges.
10 Here is the carriage road leading down to the stable. With warmer temperatures expected for the next couple weeks, I wonder if this will be the last snow storm of the season...
11 These ancient apple trees were here when I purchased this home - they still look so beautiful, and produce an abundance of fruit every year.
12 Near the old apple trees is this giant stone bird bath - it looks frozen, but I don't think it is frozen all the way through.
13 Although it was snowing, the donkeys are always eager to greet visitors - hi, Rufus, Clive and Billie!
14 Billie is the only jenny, or female donkey, in my stable. She lives with two male donkeys, or jacks, one male pony, and five male Friesians.
15 Donkeys are very social and curious animals. They are very friendly, and love any attention they can get - along with any treats that come their way.
16 Donkeys are herd animals, so they don't like being separated from their pack - wherever one goes, they others will soon follow.
17 The Friesians are exercised every day. Here is Betsy, covered in all her winter snow gear, and headed out for a ride.
18 The long Boxwood Allee in front of the stable - I love how snow gathers on top of the protective burlap coverings. The outdoor grounds crew did such a wonderful job constructing these burlap tents this year.
19 When covered in snow, it's easy to see the four chicken coops from across the horse paddocks.
20 This is an allee between the paddocks. Hard to miss this stand of eastern white pine trees, Pinus strobus, on the right - they look so green against the newly fallen snow. White pines are the tallest trees in eastern North America.
21 Here is another view of the tall pines. I am so glad high winds didn't bring down any of their branches this year - we have been quite lucky this winter season.
22 A favorite grove among visitors and guests to the farm - my stand of American beech trees. They are slow to grow, but can live up to 300-years.
23 This is the winding carriage road leading into the woodlands - it is a spectacular view in any season.
24 To one side, you can see one of the lower hayfields through the woods.
25 This meandering carriage road leads to the run-in paddock for the Friesians.
26 This particular morning was very still - even this trickling brook seemed quiet.
27 I love passing through the Pinetum on snowy days. This area includes pines, spruces and firs, as well as other evergreens. Last summer, I planted several more young conifers - all the trees are doing so well.
28 This row of quince trees is so healthy and beautiful. They are located between the flower cutting garden and my blueberry pergola.
30 This is the front of my main greenhouse. On weekends, whenever I have time, I love spending hours and hours in here tending to my potted tropical plants.
31 This is the long clematis pergola along one side of the carriage road leading to my home. In front of it is a well-marked catch basin.
32 The pergola is a wonderful spot for birds to perch and eat. I have a series of bird feeders hanging on the pergola that are filled every day for these avian visitors.
33 Across from the clematis pergola is a stand of bald cypress trees, Taxodium distichum. These are fast growing North American natives. They look so pretty surrounding my little Basket House.
34 This old apple tree sits outside my Blog Studio. The dwarf apple espalier is behind it. This apple tree is also doing very well - especially with the strong wooden crutches supporting its branches.
35 Here is the sun, just trying to peak through the cloudy skies.