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Kathy Purdy
Works at gardener, writer, technophile, genealogist
Attended Binghamton University
Lives in Southern Tier, NY
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I planted my first garden by the book. Actually, I consulted several books, obsessing over plant heights, color palettes, bloom times and more over the winter as I designed and redesigned my garden on paper. I wanted to do it “right”: prepare the soil…
I planted my first garden by the book. Actually, I consulted several books, obsessing over plant heights, color palettes, bloom times and more over the winter as I designed and redesigned my garden…
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Do you remember when I waded through botanical terminology to identify my wild rose? Well, I’ve been at it again. Earlier this week, a pretty lilac-blue flower along the side of the road caught my eye, and I wanted to know what it was. It was pretty…
Do you remember when I waded through botanical terminology to identify my wild rose? Well, I’ve been at it again. Earlier this week, a pretty lilac-blue flower along the side of the road caug…
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A couple of weeks ago, my thirty-something daughter was busy gathering wildflowers for her brother’s wedding. “Mom, do you know what that plant is?” There it was, growing in our backyard along the creek. I am pretty sure it has been there ever since we…
A couple of weeks ago, my thirty-something daughter was busy gathering wildflowers for her brother’s wedding. “Mom, do you know what that plant is?” There it was, growing in our b…
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It’s been four years since I started working on the gardens here at the “new” house. I thought it was about time I gave you a full-fledged tour. It takes a bit of time to see all the gardens, so prepare for a leisurely visit. Can I pour you something to…
It’s been four years since I started working on the gardens here at the “new” house. I thought it was about time I gave you a full-fledged tour. It takes a bit of time to see all …
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My Visit To Lilactree Farm

Almost exactly a year ago, I visited Lilactree Farm, the home and garden of Brian Bixley. In 2014, I would have considered this visit quite improbable. I am not a frequent traveler nor an adventurous driver. The only trips I take are ones where all the…
Almost exactly a year ago, I visited Lilactree Farm, the home and garden of Brian Bixley. In 2014, I would have considered this visit quite improbable. I am not a frequent traveler nor an adventuro…
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I have lots of spring flowers blooming in my garden, but I’ve posted pictures of most of them in previous years. However, I have many daffodils that are new this year or at least blooming for the first time, so I’ve decided to focus on them. Just for fun,…
I have lots of spring flowers blooming in my garden, but I’ve posted pictures of most of them in previous years. However, I have many daffodils that are new this year or at least blooming for…
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Autumn blooms come in three categories: fall-only bloomers, “summer” annuals, and rebloomers. Because of this, September usually has more blooming plants than August.
Autumn blooms come in three categories: fall-only bloomers, “summer” annuals, and rebloomers. Because of this, September usually has more blooming plants than August.
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I am happy to report that our area is no longer “abnormally dry.” It is however, abnormally hot and humid. I have been moving plants in the cooler part of the day and keeping busy in the house the rest of the time. I’d thought I’d show you some highlights…
I am happy to report that our area is no longer “abnormally dry.” It is however, abnormally hot and humid. I have been moving plants in the cooler part of the day and keeping busy in th…
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Here are three plants that are blooming for the first time in my garden. Purple dragon Purple dragon is a relative of Jack-in-the pulpit. I got my plant last year at the local rock garden society members-only plant sale. Apparently the plain green form…
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Because the landscape had been neglected for almost a decade, the yard of my former home was full of horticultural surprises when we first moved in: daffodils that started blooming again once dug and divided, irises that smelled like grape lollipops,…
Because the landscape had been neglected for almost a decade, the yard of my former home was full of horticultural surprises when we first moved in: daffodils that started blooming again once dug a…
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‘More and more I am coming to the conclusion that rain is a far more important consideration to gardens than sun, and that one of the lesser advantages that a gardener gains in life is his thorough enjoyment of a rainy day!’ Margaret Waterfield, quoted in…
‘More and more I am coming to the conclusion that rain is a far more important consideration to gardens than sun, and that one of the lesser advantages that a gardener gains in life is his thorough…
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I bought a small pot of ‘Blue Moon’ woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) in 2013. It was kind of over its bloom period when I bought it, so I didn’t expect much. The following year, it was nice enough, but nothing to write home about.
I bought a small pot of ‘Blue Moon’ woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) in 2013. It was kind of over its bloom period when I bought it, so I didn’t expect much. The following year, …
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A gardener, a writer, and a technophile in about equal measure.
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Kathy Purdy has been blogging for over nine years at ColdClimateGardening.com and using the WordPress publishing platform since April 2005. Although primarily a garden writer, she also coaches others in the finer points of blogging with WordPress.
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  • Binghamton University
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