Blooming birthday celebrations

Gail and I are both a year or so older this week and in honor of our birthdays and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (graciously hostessed by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) I went a little crazy with the camera. Here are at least as many Blithewold blooms as candles would fit on our cakes. (According […]


One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. -Franz Kafka The Japanese beetles arrived last week and as Lilah and I were on patrol yesterday armed with cans of soapy water, she started reciting The Metamorphosis. (Cheeky girl.) […]

Monster Plant Rally!

TUESDAY TUESDAY TUESDAY!! – MONSTER PLAAAAAAANTS! Get your tickets today! It’s very possible that the heat and humidity of the last few days have caused my brain to crash but I’ve been overwhelmed and downright noisy about the supersize-me ginormousness of some of our plants : Especially the lotus (Nelumbo ‘Mrs. Perry D. Slocum) The […]

Pieces of flair*

If you ever get to visit Bristol during the pre-Independence Day season you’ll notice that Bristolians take this holiday very seriously. On my walks around town lately I’ve been absolutely amazed all over again at how many houses and gardens are dressed in flags and stars and lights and red, white and blue everything. I […]

The eventfulness of time

Maybe it’s the influence of living through the hoopla surrounding the 4th of July in Bristol, RI (home of the longest running – and longest marching – 4th of July parade in the country) but it seems like life is eventful at the moment. Last Friday Gail and I celebrated the last hurdle hurdled before […]