Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Tiptoe through the tulips with me

We scheme and we plan and we cross our fingers and we hope for a succession of blooms and then when everything blooms at once we say “Oh — Wow.”  There’s a brilliant carpet of … Read more.

Stellar weekend

Hey, what’s that thing up there that’s all bright and making me feel kind of warmish? Could it be…? No… I don’t believe it. Yes – it’s true – the sun’s out! Yesterday’s gale dried … Read more.

It just keeps getting better

Last night’s rain may have made a few of the daffodils face-plant but it brought out that delicious fragrance of spring that put the visual beauty almost in the background.  Almost.  I would have closed … Read more.

Reward after taxes

Whether you just filed last night or spent your refund check on groceries weeks ago, you deserve to treat yourself to another thing in life (besides death, heaven forbid!) that’s certain:  Thousands of daffodils blooming … Read more.

Dilly Dally

The past couple of days have been on the brutally chilly side but I’ve seen quite a few bundled up people lingering on the grounds anyway.  The reward is that spring is dallying while it … Read more.

En route

Last weekend it seemed like a switch had been flipped and the dinge of winter was replaced by bright emerald – at least underfoot.  And the dimmer-switch of daffodils, forsythia and other harbingers of spring … Read more.


Nearly everyone is badmouthing the weather.  We are all, universally it seems, ready for spring by which we might all mean summer.  We want to be warm now and surrounded by green growth and flowers … Read more.

Warm welcome

It was an Out Like a Lamb kind of day yesterday and we spent a portion of it in the mansion’s dining room with as many of the garden volunteers as we could coax into … Read more.

One day away

and it seems like a whole week has gone by – everything is happening so fast now! For a taste of what yesterday looked like at Blithewold, head right over to Ledge and Gardens. It’s … Read more.

A new leaf

Look up. Look out. New leaves are turning all over the place! I think if you had the patience you could practically sit and watch the births like chicks hatching. I don’t have that kind … Read more.