Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Familiar Places in Autumn Splendor

Walking through the arboretum this week I’ve tried to take it all in.  All my familiar views of Blithewold’s landscape have a majestic beauty about them with colorful foliage embracing the sight.  These settings harmonize … Read more.

October Opportunities

It is a magical time in the gardens now, with the weather turning cooler and flowering annuals – cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens), black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata ‘Yellow’) and white cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) – … Read more.

Actions in the Garden

September brings an amazing liveliness throughout the gardens. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and songbirds are in constant motion. This busy activity is mesmerizing as the gardens come to life with an energetic performance. All this merry … Read more.

Sound Therapy

An August garden has a unique set of sounds that I look forward to every year. Although I love the quietude of a garden, August’s ensemble of nature’s sounds is a comforting reminder that flora … Read more.

Shady Summer Retreat

In May, we were fortunate to have horticultural interns join our crew to help us with all our spring and summer workload in the greenhouse and gardens. Betsy, Joe, and I mentor these interns thru … Read more.

Old and New Favorites for the Summer Garden

In January, when planning our designs for the gardens on the cold winter’s days, Betsy, Joe and I look for interesting new plants that we feel visitors would appreciate. Our winter plant hunts in the … Read more.

Observing Nature

Noticing the natural world is an everyday occurrence when you spend time outdoors.  As gardeners, we see the strong connection between plants and animals, we happen upon curiosities and are simply awestruck by many new … Read more.

Nature’s Exuberance

If ever there was a season to see lushness in the gardens, now is the time!  The gardens, trees, and shrubs are bursting with foliage and flowers with all this rain.  Of course, the weeds … Read more.

Horticultural Interns 2019

One of the best ways to learn is by experience.   This summer Betsy, Joe and I are fortunate to have two horticulture interns join us in the gardens along with our hardy garden volunteers.  Blithewold’s … Read more.

Sink into Spring

A delightful consequence of the constant rainy weather is the lushness of growth this spring. If ever there was a time to take a spring walk in a garden it is now — we all … Read more.