You expect spring to be filled with blue skies, delicate blossoms, sweet smells in the warm air and birds chirping. After days and days of gray skies and continuous rain, the sun has finally come out. I thought we should go for a walk on the wild side…I’m talking about going for a walk through our orchard to see the wildflowers, of course.
Our home, which is known as Orchard Hill Farm, is surrounded by an apple orchard with over three hundred heirloom varieties of apples trees. The trees bloomed early this year and you can enjoy photos of the trees in bloom here.
Let’s meander down the old cow path that divides the orchard. Originally the path led from the barn to large grazing meadows. In later years, the meadows were turned into apple orchards.
New Hampshire is a beautiful state and has so much history to be seen along its back roads. Most every town has ordinances that protect the beautiful old stone walls that line most of the historic properties.
Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit New Hampshire if you want to see the state flower which is the lilac.
This lilac started growing at the base of an old stone foundation on our property. Nearby, the orchard is a sea of purple. It is too wet to mow so I have plenty to show you. Let’s stop over by the pond.
Periwinkle has planted itself near the pond and loves the shade at the edge of the woods.
Nearby wild violets or johnny jump ups as some people call them make a beautiful carpet of purple which the butterflies seem to love.
The tiny bluets spread across the orchard as well and they share space with the violets.
I love the delicate bell-shaped flowers of lily of the valley. This wildflower would love to spread over the entire orchard as they thrive in the shade provided by the apple trees.
Let’s head behind the barn to the back orchard.
The wildflowers in the back orchard have popped up as well but most them are yellow.
Next to the potting shed, delicate yellow flowers grow right next to the steps. Should we go inside to see how much larger the tomato plants have grown.
Three weeks ago, I was amazed how they had gown but now look at them. They are more than two feet tall. I have to raise their growing light every other day.
And do you see the tiny tomato blossoms that are forming? These will be pinched off so that the plants can get stronger. They have to stay in pots until they are planted in our garden in Maine at the end of the month when the threat of frost is over.
Before you leave, let’s pause for a close look at the rhododendron by the entrance to our home and orchard.
Just like the apple trees, the rhododendron have bloomed early this year. It appears that April and May showers really do bring beautiful May flowers.