Spring cleaning

According to the calendar — and the redwing blackbirds — the pendulum between winter and summer has finally swung into spring. Huzzah! (Never mind next week’s forecast.) To celebrate, we did some extremely gratifying spring cleaning, starting with tidying under the benches of the propagation house (kind of like going through the closets at home […]

Wake-up call

I heard a collective groan go out as the groundhog’s prediction was announced and I joined right in. We have certainly endured more unpleasantly frigid weather this winter than seems tolerable or normal. But I also heard a wake-up call and am trying really hard not to hit the snooze button. We gardeners know six […]

Out in the cold

I don’t often have the pleasure of being the first to set foot across a newly snowy Blithewold. Usually, by the time I get here another human or two have beat me through the Bosquet or Enclosed Garden, sometimes on skis, and I have never not seen critter tracks at the very least. But yesterday […]

Equanimity

It feels like the pendulum has paused exactly mid-swing, balanced between seasons, temperature extremes, and in the high blue sky between dewy mornings and golden afternoons. Right here, right now, everything, except maybe my raging allergies, feels like bliss. In time with the Autumnal equinox, we too are poised right at the edge of thinking […]

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 […]