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Kathy Purdy
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At first glance, I thought it was a hydrangea. But I don’t know of any hydrangea that blooms with the trilliums. And the large, exquisitely puckered leaves were unlike any hydrangea leaf I’d ever seen.
At first glance, I thought it was a hydrangea. But I don't know of any hydrangea that blooms with the trilliums. And the large, exquisitely puckered leaves were unlike any hydrangea leaf I'd ever s...
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I have grown forget-me-nots for many years. I even got them to naturalize a bit in the secret garden at our old house. At our new house, I noticed some forget-me-nots intermixed with hostas growing alongside the garage. The hostas loved it there in spring…
I have grown forget-me-nots for many years. I even got them to naturalize a bit in the secret garden at our old house. At our new house, I noticed some forget-me-nots intermixed with hostas growing...
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Ever since I realized that the National Weather Service at our local airport under-reported both the lows and the highs at our first house, ever since I discovered we were a lot more likely to have frost than our region at large, I’ve wanted to track the…
Ever since I realized that the National Weather Service at our local airport under-reported both the lows and the highs at our first house, ever since I discovered we were a lot more likely to have...
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I actually like keeping records. I can get obsessive about it, and that has gotten me into trouble in the past. So last fall, when I was frantically planting out the plants I had kept in containers–some of them for two years–I left the documenting of that…
I actually like keeping records. I can get obsessive about it, and that has gotten me into trouble in the past. So last fall, when I was frantically planting out the plants I had kept in containers...
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Watching the snow pack melt is sort of like watching the tide recede–in slow motion. It is tempting to grit your teeth, clench your hands and mutter “C’mon, already!” but since that really doesn’t get you anywhere, here are some things to do instead. Some…
Watching the snow pack melt is sort of like watching the tide recede--in slow motion. It is tempting to grit your teeth, clench your hands and mutter "C'mon, already!" but since that really doesn't...
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It is more important to have the first bloom on your block than the first tomato. The first outdoor bloom is a potent morale booster, signifying that the back of winter has been broken. However, to have the very first flower blooming in your neighborhood…
It is more important to have the first bloom on your block than the first tomato. The first outdoor bloom is a potent morale booster, signifying that the back of winter has been broken. However, to...
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Woo hoo - crocuses :-)  I always loved it when the first one finally opened up.
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We know it’s summer when the frost-tender mosaic bird bath (pictured above) takes its rightful place in the front garden. That move from winter storage was delayed because I was attending the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Toronto. (There’s a good story about…
We know it's summer when the frost-tender mosaic bird bath (pictured above) takes its rightful place in the front garden. That move from winter storage was delayed because I was attending the Garde...
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We’ve been suffering from meteorological whiplash. We had snow on April 23 and a low of 22 (-5C) on April 25 . Thirteen days later it got up to 88F and we’ve been sweltering ever since. The Roadside Yellow daffodils that I planted last fall have been…
We've been suffering from meteorological whiplash. We had snow on April 23 and a low of 22 (-5C) on April 25 . Thirteen days later it got up to 88F and we've been sweltering ever since. The Roadsid...
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In other years, I’ve had the first blooms in March. Once, I managed snowdrops in February. But this year, I almost wondered if I’d have crocuses blooming for Bloom Day. Thankfully, this past week Spring finally arrived and I have a respectable showing.
In other years, I've had the first blooms in March. Once, I managed snowdrops in February. But this year, I almost wondered if I'd have crocuses blooming for Bloom Day. Thankfully, this past week S...
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The calendar says it’s spring, but you’re still looking out on a vast expanse of snow: You look at it and think, “Before any flowers will bloom, first that stuff has to melt, then the soil has to thaw, then the leaves will emerge, and then–finally!–I’ll…
The calendar says it's spring, but you're still looking out on a vast expanse of snow: You look at it and think, "Before any flowers will bloom, first that stuff has to melt, then the soil has to t...
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You're pretty quick, Jane. I don't think that post has been up half an hour.
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Anyone can plunk a handful of flowers into a vase and call it an arrangement, and in the past, this is what I have done. True, I had made some attempt to arrange the flowers attractively, but the results could at best be described as rustic or primitive.…
Anyone can plunk a handful of flowers into a vase and call it an arrangement, and in the past, this is what I have done. True, I had made some attempt to arrange the flowers attractively, but the r...
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We interrupt our usual garden blogging to bring your attention to a worthy cause. Several years ago, Rundy wrote some posts for this blog. His garden writing dropped off when he left home to care for his grandfather who had Alzheimers. Yes, this young man…
We interrupt our usual garden blogging to bring your attention to a worthy cause. Several years ago, Rundy wrote some posts for this blog. His garden writing dropped off when he left home to care f...
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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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