Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Sun’s out Blooms out

This is the first week that truly felt like spring is here and summer is just around the corner. The sun is out and the sky is blue and the plants (and gardeners) can now … Read more.

Supporting Actors

We often think of early spring as daffodils and mid spring as tulips. They steal the show and we love them for so many reasons – they come in a stunning variety of shapes and … Read more.

Tulip Time

With all the incessant rain lately, I’ve been badly in need of some cheerful color. The tulips heard my call. Last fall we planted thousands of bulbs across the property and the season of bloom … Read more.

Sprung!

Daffodil season is here! Gail and I have been debating daily when the precise peak will be; but, no matter who turns out to be right, you can know for sure that more and more … Read more.

April Anticipation

I always get fuzzy about lions and lambs in March. Is it always one or the other? (In like a lion, out like a lamb. In like a lamb, out like a lion.) March represents … Read more.

March-ing into Spring

Spring reappears as if from the dead. The winter rest is ending. The first spring bulbs have now emerged and delight us with their long-awaited blooms. The bulbs we planted last October have risen from … Read more.

Sweet Surprises

The day before the start of March, February has hit us with another round of snow. It is light, white, and fluffy. As much as I dislike the chill of winter, it’s hard to be … Read more.

Brave Souls

I like to think that the creators of our current calendar were trying to be kind when they made February the shortest month of the year. In all truthfulness, March has historically been my least … Read more.

Seed Season

It’s that time of the year when seeds are on my brain. There is a whole box of seeds teasing me with dreams of future plants we will (hopefully) have in our gardens. A whole … Read more.

Sweet January

January is a wonderful month in the greenhouse. Winter weather is settling in on the landscape but winter blooms abound under the glass. The orchid pictured at the top is a Cymbidium type that goes … Read more.