Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Exuberant April!

Daffodils are here and they were worth the (long!) wait. The grand view through the Bosquet is really stunning right now. In this big beautiful sea of daffodils there are numerous varieties. Over the past … Read more.

Hope!

Considering the weather we have endured the past two weeks, I would say my previous post was overconfident. Spring was not here yet. I was feeling hopeful and buoyed by the sunshine. It was naive … Read more.

It’s finally spring

Could it be?  Is spring finally here at long last?  Yes!  In the past week I have seen honey bees gathering food from spring flowers – I have seen spring flowers! Iris, primrose, daffodils, snowdrops, … Read more.

Teasing of Spring

Snow. Again. Though I was born and raised in Rhode Island, I still find March to be a total heart breaker. February teased with beautiful sunny days. Every where I looked I could see the … Read more.

For the love of trees

Life as a horticulturist has changed my perspective on winter.  There was a time when I felt that winter was terrible and interminable.  Not anymore.  Winter is an important time for those who tend gardens.  … Read more.

Field Trip – Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Greetings from Brooklyn!  It is important to get out and see the world outside our own greenhouses from time to time.  With the goal of gaining fresh inspiration and information, Gail, Joe, and I recently … Read more.

Beginning the year with Begonias

Another year comes to a close this weekend.  As Gail, Joe, and I prepare our thoughts for the next year, we seek to re-imagine the gardens in new ways.  Before the flurry of January activity, … Read more.

Cheers

The sun sets today at 4:15 pm.  December does not have nearly enough daylight hours for a sun lover like myself.  Usually, the heights of the holiday season offset the increasingly dark days of December; … Read more.

First Impressions

I am happy to introduce to you Joe Verstandig, a fellow horticulturist here at Blithewold.  Joe started working with Gail and me this past September.  He is here on the blog to share with you … Read more.

slanted light

The holidays seem to be rushing at us full force this year, as usual.  Although I love the lights heralding this season and the feeling of magic in the chilled night air, I want to … Read more.