Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Fall Flowers and Spring Bulbs

Volunteers and staff alike took to Blithewold’s grounds the past few weeks to plant thousands of spring blooming bulbs. It has been quite the Herculean feat. Already, just about half of the 58,000 bulbs have … Read more.

Garden (and Life) Lessons

How does one not fall in love with September? The weather is temperate, the gardens are in full bloom, and there is an abundance of insect life everywhere you look. It is glorious. Despite all … Read more.

New Veggie Garden Irrigation

Hi folks! I am happy to introduce to you our gardens intern Oliver Bingham! Ollie is a recent graduate in Plant Science from University of Rhode Island. It’s been great having him on our team … Read more.

The Prettiest Poppies

Every June I am captivated by the Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas). How could I not be? With their tissue paper thin petals that come in a candy store of colors. Those gentle petals that unfurl … Read more.


Spring is here and it is beginning to feel like it. Although March has decided to use her last week to remind us not to be too eager, April is set to show us it … Read more.

Noticing November Beauty

It has been so warm the past few days, I nearly forgot it is November. This mild weather is welcome to us as we finished planting tulips and other spring bulbs in the gardens this … Read more.

Lessons from a Hot, Dry Summer

With autumn finally here, I am taking a moment to reflect on the summer that was. It was, by far, the hottest and driest summer I’ve experienced at Blithewold. If you were lucky enough to … Read more.

Hopes and Dreams, Heat and Humidity

When rising temperatures and humidity levels make me question my decision to work outside for a living, the gardens we create here at Blithewold remind me that I made the right choice. Anyone who gardens … Read more.

Where Summer Begins in the Garden

This week truly feels like summer. Humidity is on the rise, temperatures are reliably 80+ degrees every day with night temperatures in the 60s. The gardens have shed their gentle spring blooms for summer’s ebullient … Read more.

May is for Tulips

As we turn the corner into May, it feels as if we are finally leaving behind the last shivering grasps of April. There were some glimmers of spring this last month, but the final week … Read more.