Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

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.

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.

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.

Continuity meets transition

As the rains finally return to Rhode Island, and the sweatshirts and jeans are pulled from the back of the closet, I can’t help but get excited. Change is inevitable when gardening in New England, … 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.

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.