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A Morning Garden Stroll at Bedford

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I am extremely fortunate to have use of the carriage house at Martha's farm in Bedford, and I try to go up and stay as often as I can. A couple of weeks ago I went  for a quiet weekend out of the city to enjoy the many flowering trees and shrubs and I thought that I would give you a snapshot of one of my mornings.

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Walking up one of the carriage roads brings you through the middle of Martha's azalea garden with sweeping views of the paddocks beyond.

1 Walking up one of the carriage roads brings you through the middle of Martha's azalea garden with sweeping views of the paddocks beyond.

Beneath tall trees that have hydrangea climbing up the trunks are enormous Azalea shrubs in the most beautiful shades of magenta, fuchsia, pink, and lavender.

2 Beneath tall trees that have hydrangea climbing up the trunks are enormous Azalea shrubs in the most beautiful shades of magenta, fuchsia, pink, and lavender.

This view reminds me of a Fragonard painting.

3 This view reminds me of a Fragonard painting.

When the sun hits the Azaleas which are underplanted with Virginia bluebells, the colors are not to be believed.

4 When the sun hits the Azaleas which are underplanted with Virginia bluebells, the colors are not to be believed.

In addition to their beautiful colors, Azalea blossoms have a very attractive form.

5 In addition to their beautiful colors, Azalea blossoms have a very attractive form.

As if the walk wasn't beautiful enough, Martha prepared the most delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs from her vast inventory of chickens, green juice made from all her own organically grown vegetables, and delicious home-made wheat bread and jams, both peach and stawberry.

6 As if the walk wasn't beautiful enough, Martha prepared the most delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs from her vast inventory of chickens, green juice made from all her own organically grown vegetables, and delicious home-made wheat bread and jams, both peach and stawberry.

The Breakfast of Champions.

7 The Breakfast of Champions.

This Lady Victoria fern is one of the many interesting types of ferns that Martha grows in her Bedford shade garden.

8 This Lady Victoria fern is one of the many interesting types of ferns that Martha grows in her Bedford shade garden.

It would be very easy to think that you are looking at a picture of an English garden instead of an American one.

9 It would be very easy to think that you are looking at a picture of an English garden instead of an American one.

These standard wisterias took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy but have recovered nicely and put on a beautiful show this spring.

10 These standard wisterias took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy but have recovered nicely and put on a beautiful show this spring.

The scale of this planting of astilboides is deceptively large.

11 The scale of this planting of astilboides is deceptively large.

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Comments (4)

  • Absolutely amazing photos, Kevin. They made my morning. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I must say I am impressed. For the hundreds if not thousands of pics I have seen of Martha's place I have never seen the the azalea frame of the paddock. Great shot.... would love the breakfast of champions myself...

  • Good morning Kevin! What an amazing weekend, beautiful flowers in the garden and delicious breakfast, love the green juice. Thank you for sharing

  • Wonderful landscapes and considering the breakfast I believe that what we can eat from our garden is the best. Great post!

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