Gray days
Gray days

The title of this blog is more appropriately “At” rather than “To & From”. I took a week of vacation this past week, primarily to package the bug repellant bars that had been curing over the weekend, but I also had plenty of gardening work to do.

Unfortunately, I was so preoccupied, that I neglected to take a lot of pictures, but I did manage a few.

As this was Memorial Day weekend, what better place to start than around the Beekman family crypt, located about a hundred yards from the house.

The knoll that encases the crypt is covered with lilac bushes that are over 100 years old.  They stand about 30 feet high and nearly as wide across. The fragrance is absolutely intoxicating.  The slightest hint of it can be found in the “June” soap.

Lilacs
Lilacs
Lilacs
Lilacs

The knoll is also planted with “bleeding hearts,” which, you must admit, is an achingly beautiful plant to have near a final resting place.

Bleeding hearts
Bleeding hearts
Bleeding hearts
Bleeding hearts

These are the blossoms of the Sand Cherry.  The shrub has deep purple leaves and these delicate pink blossoms.    There are several of these on the farm, and this weekend I transplanted one from the front of the house to the corner of the flower garden.  At the moment, it’s my favorite thing on the farm (until the
mock orange bushes start to bloom, of course)

Sand cherry
Sand cherry
Sand cherry blossoms
Sand cherry blossoms

I’m also intrigued by the alliums.   To me they look like something very alien.

Allium
Allium
Allium
Allium

Lastly, I’ll mention this little outcropping of daffodils and hyacinths, which, for some reason, decided to wait a little longer this year to reveal their full glory. They are in a very shaded spot.

Hyacinths
Hyacinths

Whenever I see these blooms and the ancient shrubs, it makes me think of the loving hands that decades ago made a home for them in the earth on the farm.

Decades and decades from now, I hope that the custodians of the Beekman, whomever they may be, think the same thing about the things we planted, perhaps even on Memorial Day

by Dr. Brent

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