How to slow summer down

I wish I knew that trick because once again summer seems to be flying by — despite long days in May and June spent planting; despite what felt like an interminable heatwave in July. But suddenly it’s almost the middle of August and the tupelo trees (Nyssa sylvatica) are starting to fly tiny red flags […]

4th of July sparklers

I can’t let Independence Day go by without shooting off some of Blithewold’s prettiest sparklers. (As always, click on pictures for a larger view and captions or just mouse over for captions.) Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A wonderful week

It’s quite possible that the daffodils have never been as beautiful as they’ve been this week. The early daffs are lingering while the late ones open (there are still more to come) and the entire property seems lit from below. And the timing, coinciding with April vacation week, couldn’t have been better. So many people […]

Spring’s returns

Whether or not you got your taxes in on time, spring is sending out huge returns right this minute. As a gardener I have paid close enough attention to spring that I really shouldn’t ever be surprised by it but yet again, I’m feeling amazed at how quickly it’s happening. Tree buds that were still […]

January blooms

I don’t really expect much to be blooming outside in the middle of January but I also don’t expect it to be pushing 60°. A January thaw would seem more justified if the weeks leading to it had been frigid rather than merely gray, raw, and windy. But any time the air is soft and […]