With the major weeding accomplished and all the cool weather vegetables planted, it was time for some photography. The orchard is blooming now with daffodils. We planted 400 bulbs in 2009 and another 400 in 2010, and they are already putting on a spectacular display. The area in the photo is large, over an acre, and we have 30 fruit trees in metal cages to keep them safe from deer and critters. There are about 10 apple trees of various types; peaches, plums, pears, cherry and apricots. We're hoping the daffodils spread out so that we will have a carpet of them underneath the flower canopy when the trees mature. They are only 2-3 years old now and according to the books we read, they will take several more years before they are mature enough to bear fruit, but in the meantime we plant more bulbs each year in the hope of things to come.
Enjoy the pictures taken around the gardens yesterday.....and not to be outdone, since I'm always sharing pictures of Pierre, Shadow finally sat still long enough for me to get a good picture of her.
|Flowers under the kitchen windows|
|Little tulips next to the garage|
|Tulips, almost finished blooming|
|Phlox in front of the house|
|Miss Shadow dressed for "work" with her purple bandana and tennis ball|