Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Walk in the Snow

Blithewold received its second snowfall of the year earlier this week, and unlike after the first, I knew I had to go on a short walk around to take it all in before it washed … Read more.

New Garden Planner!

If you are an avid reader of the horticulture blogs, you will know that Gail, Joe, and I all love to share our passion for the gardens and grounds here at Blithewold. We do this … Read more.

A Very Merry Christmas

Blithewold has thrown open its doors for the Christmas season, bringing the excitement of the season to all its visitors.  After you have toured the elegantly decorated Mansion, soaking up the festive atmosphere  within and … Read more.

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.

Soul Sunset

When all the work was done for the day, I was able to brave the cold wind coming off Narragansett Bay and embrace the sunset as it descended over Blithewold’s Great Lawn. Despite the bite … Read more.

Dole Pineapples

In January 1925, Marjorie Lyon accompanied her favorite relatives, Aunt Alice and Uncle Izzie Pardee and their daughter, Helen, on a three-month trip to Hawaii. Bessie had planned to go with them but had to … Read more.

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.

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.

October 24th

I’d argue with anyone that Thursday, the 24th of October was the nicest day of 2019 thus far. A perfect 65 degrees, not a cloud to speak of, and a gentle breeze to carry the … 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.