Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Sweet Pea-ce

Sweet Peas always begin with a dream. Way back in the beginning of January, I placed an order with Floret Flowers for sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) seeds. The days were dark and the air was … Read more.

June is for Roses

If you have been waiting for the right moment to see the roses in bloom, now is the time! The next few weeks will be full of beautiful roses blooming their perfumed heads off in … Read more.

Life of the Garden

So much life happens in the garden. Right now the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and newly returned (human) visitors are snapping pictures or leaning in for a closer look at a flower. … Read more.

Totally Tulips

When May arrives and brings glorious sun and warmth with her, the tulips heed her call. We have been watching and waiting for the perfect tulip moment and now is the time.  From very tall … Read more.

Garden Sanctuary

Nature has asked us all to slow down. Not so much asked as demanded. So here we are, spring revealing itself more and more every day; the gardens know their path forward even if we … Read more.

Springing into flower

Springtime often has me in one of two places – laying on the ground to get a good look at a spring bulb in flower or staring up toward the sky at the tree buds … Read more.

Spring messengers

In the midst of upheaval, one thing is constant. The sun rises, the birds sing, the spring flowers rise out of their rest to greet the warming weather. There is peace and rest in connecting … Read more.

Wildlife Revealed

There’s a world around us living, breathing, and dying that is easy to ignore. We may be tempted to think of insects, birds, and amphibians as only alive in the summer – but so much … Read more.

Wintertime Garden Inspiration

January often heralds the official arrival of the winter doldrums. Gail, Joe, Fred, and I are here to offer a cure – inspiration for your gardening plans this year. Last year, we started our series … Read more.

Fresh Snow

I was so excited on my drive into work today because last night’s snow created the most beautiful winter landscape. There is nothing quite like a freshly fallen snow to make the world feel clean … Read more.