1 I like to photograph the growing progress in the garden early in the day. This is my Winter House terrace just coming to life.
2 The boxwood border around the peony bed fared better than other boxwood this winter. The peonies are just starting to emerge from the ground, but growing inches in a day.
3 The Summer House garden is really taking shape. This "work in progress" has been under "construction" for about three years. We had to wait for the paving stones, and the large millstone before the actual planting could take place.
4 I have started planting small shade loving plants like this double Sanguinaria. It should spread well if it is happy here.
5 This is another small perennial that blooms very early. It's called Anemonella.
6 The daffodil border has been opening very nicely, and holding up well because it has not gotten too hot.
7 The "chandelier" cherry trees put on a spectacular show, which lasted only three days!!! They are beautiful trees, but the joy is so short lived.
8 The apple espalier is just about to bloom! It looks like a very, very good year for apples- lots of blossoms.
9 The Camperdown Elm has a beautiful shape. We have several here at the farm and they look great all summer long.
10 Several weeping katsura trees were planted near the Winter House when I started landscaping 12-years ago. They have grown large and are very graceful. We prune them a bit every year to keep them raised a bit off the ground.
11 There are several boxwood varieties growing in the parterre beds on the Winter House terrace. The brighter shrub is a barberry- berberis, one of more than 450 different cultivars.
12 I have always loved fritillaria- the checkerboard flower- this is "meleagris", a member of the lily family.
13 I have a penchant for weeping trees- this is a fine example of a weeping hornbeam, just leafing out.
14 In front of the Summer House are two beautifully shaped hornbeams- they are surrounded with a hedge of box and underplanted with pachysandra. The white flowering tree is really a pale yellow magnolia.
15 The Summer House parterre garden is very formal and focused on a giant 150-year old ginkgo tree in the rear. Paths are rectalinear and bordered with boxwood, ginkgos, Cotinus and other plants.
16 There is still a lot of planting to do, but everything is growing very well.
17 Many fritillaria are thriving in this warm, shady and protected spot.
18 The long daffodil border has been a real joy to behold this year- I have invited lots of friends to see the many thousands of yellow and white flowers, and I have picked lots for arrangements in my house.
19 We suffered some serious winter damage in the gardens- many of the large and medium sized hollies have been damaged- probably seriously.
20 I try hard to focus on the beauty and not on the problems, but sometimes this is difficult.
21 The standard wisteria trees are loaded with buds. I will try to remember to show you these in a couple weeks.
22 There are six matched standard weeping hornbeams lining this fence line- these are very precious trees and growing very well. I have staked them, so they do not "blow over" in the wind storms which sometimes plague us here in Bedford.
23 The newest daffodil border was spectacular the first year and yet this year there are some serious "holes" in the planting. And I thought I had ordered only "naturalizing varieties" of these wonderful, deer resistant plants.
24 The bald Cypress trees are still bald, and the long fern and lily borders are pretty brown still- we are weeding them, nevertheless hoping that they, too, will spring to life.
25 The last day of bloom for one of the three cherries by the stable.
26 These magnolia trees near the azalea and tree peony garden are growing more pink every day.
27 The beds below the clematis arbor are filling in nicely. If you look closely, a goldfinch is perched at the center bird feeder.
28 A beautiful sunny view of the south paddock from the Winter House terrace.
29 At the end of this beautiful day, I fed Jude and Truman a big "salpicon" or fruit salad composed of mango, pineapple, papaya, orange and banana- those kids can really devour a lot of fruit.
30 A closeup of the salpicon- very yummy and refreshing.