100 Plants per hour

It’s not even June yet but it’s already planting week (month) at Blithewold. We hit the ground digging this week, clocking about 100 plants per hour. It’s not a competition but like every May/June we race against time and and the weather to get everything out of the greenhouse and into the ground before summer’s […]

Bring on spring

We’ve made room in the propagating house for trays of seedlings. We’ve ordered new tools and can’t wait to use them. We’re ready. Raring to go. Fingers tapping. Meanwhile, there’s nothing better than a bucket of sticks. Except maybe an organized potting bench. Or a bag of ladybugs. Or a trip to the Philadelphia Flower […]

Forget the Groundhog

While Punxsutawney Phil may have declared that we are in for another 6 weeks of winter, and we’ve seen two winter blitzes of snow this week, we shouldn’t stop thinking Spring! Wonderful warm spring, with fresh smelling flowers and tasty new vegetables is just around the corner, but what about fresh vegetables for right now, when the […]

Tallying up

Gail and I have spent the last couple of weeks going through catalogs, engaging in deep discussions about next year’s dream gardens and making endless wishlists. Now it’s time to tally up. We are allotted a certain amount of money to spend each year on the gardens, and we do our best to have fun […]

Where are all the butterflies?

The airspace over and through the gardens should be all aflutter right now. The garden is alive to be sure — it buzzes and hums; it zings and whooshes and pips (we still have hummingbirds), but its flying flowers — the butterflies — are strangely absent. I have seen black swallowtail caterpillars on the bronze […]