Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

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.


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.

A feast of flowers and foliage

After what feels like the most extended summer season I’ve seen in years, autumn is here in full rainy force.  To cheer us all up during this time I thought I’d take a moment to … Read more.

October Bliss

September may be my favorite month in the garden, but October is currently giving it a run for its money.  This first glorious week of October we have been lucky to have nearly perfect weather: … Read more.


September is such a beautiful time in the garden!  Fellow gardeners will know the great joy that comes in September after months of planning, moving, trimming, weeding, etc.  This is the time when the garden … Read more.