A Boy’s Trip to Europe, 1869

In 1869, 16-year-old Israel Pardee left his home in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for a one-year educational journey through Europe, accompanied by his younger sister Anne. Israel (known in the family as Izzie) was Bessie McKee’s older brother and became Marjorie Van Wickle’s favorite Uncle. Izzie and Anne had joined the family of their father’s friend, Dr. […]

Daffodil Bliss

Daffodil Days here at Blithewold are in full swing.  The soft, sweet fragrance of the flowers wafts toward me whenever I walk near the Bosquet.  It’s positively enticing!  I could wax poetic about each daffodil variety we have here, but I thought it would be better to let them speak for themselves.  So, in lieu […]

Delightful Daffodils

This post is written by Gail Read, the Gardens Manager here at Blithewold.  She has been here at Blithewold for over 25 years and is a fountain of knowledge about the plants and the property.   Daffodils lift our spirits when they bloom each year.  They signal the end of our weary winter and the […]

The Charmingly Resilient Daffodil

  Snow.  Freezing temperatures.  Rain.  Wind.  I think it’s safe to say that the weather this week has dampened the spirit of gardeners and flower enthusiasts, but hopefully not for long.  Six inches of snow in early April is never desirable, but especially not when the weather this winter was mild enough to encourage spring […]

Under Cover

It certainly feels like a New England spring to me!  We’ve had snow, rain, and 65 degree weather all within several days.  It’s always interesting when I hear people wondering if their spring bulbs will be okay.  My answer: yes!  These bulbs are not as temperamental as is often thought.  They can handle the changes […]