Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Thanksgiving Reflections

Since it’s that time of year for giving thanks, I wanted to make a list of the plants I am most thankful for in our gardens. It is not a perfect list, but here is … Read more.

The Super Bulb

In October and November, we plant thousands of bulbs. This is because in August we dream of spring. It seems strange, but that is the time when we order our spring bulbs. While recovering from … Read more.

Oh, October

October is a month of contrasts. By day it is warm and lovely, by night the temperatures dip into the zone of almost really cold. If we are lucky enough to sail through the month … Read more.

Fall Finale

It seems that we have been waiting all season for our dahlias in the North Garden to show themselves. They have peaked out here and there in August and September, but now that October is … Read more.

Monarch Update

About a month ago I wrote about how to make your garden more pollinator-friendly (you can find that here). We had just found approximately 15 monarch caterpillars on the swamp milkweed in the North Garden. … Read more.

September’s Seasonal Celebration

Sunny September days are my absolute favorite. Gail and I are constantly talking about how much we love this month. The gardens are glorious, the weather is very close to perfect, and we (try) to … Read more.

September Burns Brightly

Though summer is beginning to fade, the gardens are bigger and better than ever. The moderate September temperatures bring the best blooms into flower. It is still summer here and the flowers have not forgotten. … Read more.

Pollinator-friendly

Every garden can be a pollinator garden. It does not need to look “messy” or wild or be composed completely of native plants. (I personally love a slightly wild look to a garden.) I want … Read more.

The Value of a Garden

Lately I’ve been mulling over the importance of gardens and gardening. It will come as no surprise that they are valuable to me, being that I have chosen horticulture as my profession. But what is … Read more.

Lotus Love

When August arrives we all take a moment to reflect on the gardens as the heat forces us to slow down a bit. I am so grateful for our tropical plant collection when the intense … Read more.