Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold
Lessons from a Hot, Dry Summer
With autumn finally here, I am taking a moment to reflect on the summer that was. It was, by far, the hottest and driest summer I’ve experienced at Blithewold. If you were lucky enough to … Read more.
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.
September Burns Brightly
Though summer is beginning to fade, the gardens are bigger and better than ever. The moderate September temperatures bring the best blooms into flower. It is still summer here and the flowers have not forgotten. … Read more.
Think Pink (and Purple)
I had a recent small obsession with pink. You may notice it in the Rose Garden – particularly with the dahlias. I chose pale pink, hot pink and a few with lavender tones to balance … Read more.
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.
A Year in Review: Faves of 2016
February is a wonderful month for planning. It’s chilly outside, but warm in the Potting Shed and greenhouse where we hunker down for the winter. The greenhouses are stuffed full with plants and our brains are … Read more.
Happy autumn! The light shifts and the nights get cooler, but there is still so much color here in the gardens. A lot of that color comes from dahlias and sages (Salvia spp.), which are … Read more.
August is exhausting, it has to be said. The extreme heat and humidity drains every desire I have to linger in the garden. It seems as though, here in little Rhode Island, everyone and their … Read more.
Every once in a while, the plans we make for a garden turn out just as we hoped. That perfection doesn’t happen quite as often as I would like, but the unpredictable factor in … Read more.
Mid-June shout out and product review
I’m jumping the gun on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day but I can’t let a week like this one go by without crowing about Blithewold’s gardens — especially the Rose and North Gardens. Actually, I’ll let … Read more.
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