Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Merry, Warm, and Bright

It has been positively frigid this week, which makes the warm humid atmosphere of the greenhouse an even sweeter relief than usual. Staff and visitors aren’t the only ones enjoying this indoor climate. Blithewold’s tender … Read more.

Sweet Surprises

The day before the start of March, February has hit us with another round of snow. It is light, white, and fluffy. As much as I dislike the chill of winter, it’s hard to be … Read more.

Seed Season

It’s that time of the year when seeds are on my brain. There is a whole box of seeds teasing me with dreams of future plants we will (hopefully) have in our gardens. A whole … Read more.

Sweet January

January is a wonderful month in the greenhouse. Winter weather is settling in on the landscape but winter blooms abound under the glass. The orchid pictured at the top is a Cymbidium type that goes … Read more.

Happy Holidays

Though it’s warm, wet, and windy outside today, we are dreaming of a cozy holiday season here in the Blithewold greenhouses. We hope you find time to rest amidst the mayhem and find beauty in … Read more.

Holiday Hothouse

It’s that time of year for many happy celebrations. I love the lights and the general sense of love and joy that is present during the holidays. I also love our greenhouses. They are so … Read more.

An end, a beginning

What a strange and fitting ending to the season this week has been. We return from a holiday to heat and humidity, which then turns sharply into a storm (the outskirts of Hurricane Michael) and … Read more.

Hope!

Considering the weather we have endured the past two weeks, I would say my previous post was overconfident. Spring was not here yet. I was feeling hopeful and buoyed by the sunshine. It was naive … Read more.

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.