1 The formal garden on the stone terrace outside my kitchen is full of glorious culinary herbs including chives, sage, oregano and thyme.
2 The upper terrace formal gardens are growing in nicely - the colors of the boxwood and barberry always look so beautiful and dramatic together.
3 This is one side of the double hedge of round boxwood that surrounds my herbaceous peony garden. The bright colored peonies look entrancing against the background of evergreens.
4 Here is another side of the double hedge of round boxwood, with a stunning row of herbaceous peonies beginning to bloom behind it. True perennials, herbaceous peonies can sometimes live up to 50-years, becoming more and more impressive over time.
5 The peonies are now starting to burst open with color and fragrance. You can see thousands of peony buds just waiting to open. These plants are easy to grow in full sun, except for the south and parts of the west, where it's better to plant them where there's afternoon shade.
6 There are more than 20 different peony varieties growing in my garden. Peonies perform best in well-drained soil with rich organic matter. They also appreciate air circulation, so when planting, leave a little room around the plants.
7 My peony bed contains 11-double rows of peonies. Each double row is planted with two different peony varieties and there are 22-plants in each row.
9 This garden behind the Summer House is still a work in progress, but I am so pleased with how it is developing. The entire space looks enchanting surrounded on all sides by boxwood and anchored by the huge ginkgo tree at the very back.
10 The foliage has grown quite a bit in this garden.
11 The alliums on the right are Allium stipitatum 'White Giant'. These amazing blooms give late spring a little pick-me-up with its large delicate white balls and spectacular dark green foliage. These plants keep its glossy, upright foliage while the flowers bloom.
12 The tree peonies in this formal garden were also blooming. Tree peonies are woody stemmed shrubs that range from two and a half feet to five feet tall when fully mature. Their beautiful blossoms can reach about five to six inches in diameter.
13 My tree peony border with varying shades of lavenders, pinks, and whites, was still full of vibrant colored blossoms.
14 This is one of the two horse chestnut trees that flank the boxwood allee in front of the stable. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large deciduous tree with beautiful flowers, which provide insects a rich source of nectar and pollen.
15 This is a beautiful view of my home from the boxwood allee. Yesterday's evening light was perfect for photographs.
17 The dappled evening sunlight looked so pretty against the old Canadian white spruce fencing that I imported for the horse paddocks.
18 The fencing is 100-year old white spruce railings dropped between new cedar upright posts.
19 The evening light also caught a nice view of the American beech grove trees. American beech trees are shade tolerant and prefer it more than other trees. They are all leafed-out and full.
20 Look at the sunlight setting just above the trees.
21 Here is another view of the setting sun just above the tree line - you can see it in between the branches of this tree.
22 This is the blueberry pergola. Blueberries should be planted in a sunny location with well-drained soil where irrigation is easily accessible so the surface roots don't dry out.
23 The Pin Oak Allee looks more lush every week. Pin oak, or Quercus palustris, is one of the most popular trees for landscaping because it is so easy to transplant. It is also well-loved because it provides dense shade, and is tolerant of pollution, soil compaction and heat.
24 This is the Cutting Garden, which is beginning to come alive.
25 This was the former vegetable garden until mole crickets - omnivores that feed on larvae, worms, roots and grasses, forced us to move it.
26 The gooseberry patch is located on the north side of the main greenhouse because these berries prefer partial shade and a cool, most growing area. The gooseberry, Ribes ova-crispa, is a straggling bush that's fairly easy to grow. The fruits can be eaten fresh or made into flavorful jams and jellies.
27 The raspberry bushes behind the Cutting Garden were growing nicely. Raspberries, like other berry bushes, need regular pruning to encourage the highest production of fruit, and larger berries.
28 The raspberry bushes are planted in between granite upright posts with heavy gauge copper wire to support the canes, or vines, as they grow.
29 I grow several kinds of raspberries including red, black, and golden raspberries. Raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats, but loaded with dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins-C.
30 This is English hornbeam, or Carnipus betulus. Hornbeam was a great choice for this location because it provides privacy from the road.
31 Hornbeam grows very fast - about four to five feet each year. They are hardy and do very well in wet, clay soil.
32 On the other side of the greenhouse is a currant patch. I have red, white and black varieties. They are deciduous shrubs that grow fast under optimum conditions. They like morning sun, afternoon shade and good air circulation.
33 The foliage around the farm looked so lush and captivating.
34 The garden beds are so full, not one inch of ground could be seen - the varied foliage and shades of green are breathtaking.
35 The purple of the alliums looked so pretty behind the light green of these hostas. Alliums are easy to grow perennials - they do well in average soil, full sun and good drainage.
36 Outside my Cutting Garden is a perennial border - the alliums looked so vibrant popping out from all the green foliage. They have three-inch wide globes of rich purple flowers that look stunning in any late spring garden.
37 This plant is ornamental Chinese Rhubarb. It grows as a perennial and matures at about four to five feet tall. Its leaves are very large, with reddish undersides. It's a fairly low-maintenance plant, which thrives in morning sun with afternoon shade.
38 The lily and fern garden beds were doing well. Lilies, or Lilium as it is known botanically, is a genus of herbaceous flowering perennial plants grown from bulbs, that provide big, prominent flowers.
39 The border in front of my clematis pergola is looking beautiful this year with all the different shades of blue and violet. Soon, the blue colored clematis will also be blooming. Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.
40 'Miss Kim' lilacs are very popular for borders. They bloom in May and are some of the most fragrant of all the lilacs. The light lavender-pink blooms stand out so nicely in among the dark green leaves.
41 Look at the row of 'Miss Kim' lilacs - they thrive in full sun and rich, moist, somewhat neutral soils and good air circulation.
42 The apple orchard looked so healthy and green. I can't wait until the apples are ready for picking this summer!