Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

It’s finally spring

Could it be?  Is spring finally here at long last?  Yes!  In the past week I have seen honey bees gathering food from spring flowers – I have seen spring flowers! Iris, primrose, daffodils, snowdrops, … 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.

Bouquets for Days

Slow flowers are on the rise.  You may recall that we highlighted this trend a few years ago when the esteemed Debra Prinzing spoke at our Gardeners Day luncheon.  (For more on Debra and slow … Read more.

Past Due! by Dan Christina

It is very hard to believe that a month has passed since my last post, Getting it done.  Even more incredulous are the vast changes the garden has seen since that time. For instance, the … Read more.

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ by Dan Christina

Mulching is the practice of covering bare soil with some sort of substance in order to conserve moisture, reduce or eliminate weed growth, and provide an aesthetically pleasing look to an area.  That’s my definition … Read more.

MAY I start planting now? by Dan Christina

It’s May already!?  Yikes!!! While I would like to say I have made tremendous progress in the Vegetable Garden, the weekly downpours are sogging up the soil and keeping me from getting any dramatic forward … Read more.

Block by Block by Dan Christina

Whew! What a difference a couple of weeks can make.  While I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and down about the state of the garden these past weeks; finally progress has been made.  No longer … Read more.

Pop Quiz Answers by Dan Christina

A little later than I had hoped but here are the answers!  I definitely had a couple challenging ones up here, but kudos to all who tried!  Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood     Cryptomeria japonica Japanese Cedar … Read more.

Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Dan Christina

At a time when we are getting in full swing for our opening, I somehow have managed to get a quick vacation planned for this coming week.  While I am looking forward to the relaxation … Read more.