Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Easily sidetracked

No matter what I set out to do, something else always grabs me. All gardeners are familiar with this phenomenon (and some have already written winningly about it!). I went into the greenhouse with every … Read more.

The right idea

Anyone out and about today in this part of the world knows it’s a glorious day (condolences for anyone stuck indoors). And anyone who’s out and about at Blithewold today knows this is absolutely the … Read more.

Spring in our step

I could tell this morning, when the birds were louder than the chuckle and siss of my coffee maker, that spring has sprung officially and certainly, no doubt about it. It even seemed almost a … Read more.

Open for business

Vacation week is perfectly timed this year or else it’s the daffs that are right on time. No matter if you think that spring is early or late this year, it’s surely happening now. And … Read more.

Tell it like it is

I think gardeners as a rule don’t beat around the bush. We’re more likely to dish the dirt. And what’s the point of sugar coating when our world is already so delicious? I haven’t yet … Read more.

Take your vitamins

I got a full dose of vitamin D yesterday – I think everyone here did. It was our first short-sleeve warm sunny day and it seemed like the world was out taking deep sips. I … Read more.

Drive by

I think most gardeners don’t need to be reminded to stop and smell the proverbial roses. But according to this Pulitzer Prize winning article written last year by Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post, a … Read more.


I predict that this year the daffodils will open. I really think they will! As a matter of fact, some of them have already opened! Every year Blithewold officially opens its doors for the season … Read more.

Tough love

Wherever you are, in spring there comes a time when you should really stop avoiding your rose pruning duties. I don’t know what it is about roses but they seem to give people anxiety. I … Read more.

No fooling

Does this look familiar? Now is when I officially might start repeating myself – exactly one year ago tomorrow I wrote Blithewold’s first ever blog post – I kid you not. It’s Blithewold’s anniblogiversary!! And … Read more.