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Kathy Purdy
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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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My husband and I have two important summer rituals. The first is the planting of our vegetable garden. It’s actually amazing that we get this accomplished in any accord because in general we don’t usually work well together. He and I each think we have a…
My husband and I have two important summer rituals. The first is the planting of our vegetable garden. It’s actually amazing that we get this accomplished in any accord because in general we don’t …
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My spicebush is blooming! Only a mother–I mean, a gardener–could be so happy about the blessed event.
My spicebush is blooming! Only a mother–I mean, a gardener–could be so happy about the blessed event.
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The earliest blooming flower in my garden is a snowdrop, Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’. The earliest blooming wild flower is coltsfoot. But the earliest blooming native flower? For that, you have to look up. Way up. Because the earliest blooming native flower…
The earliest blooming flower in my garden is a snowdrop, Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’. The earliest blooming wild flower is coltsfoot. But the earliest blooming native flower? For that, you ha…
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As a child, I went to sleep on Christmas Eve with a sense of anticipation and excitement. What was I going to find under that tree in the morning? As a gardener, the first mild days of mud season bring that same excitement and anticipation, except now it…
As a child, I went to sleep on Christmas Eve with a sense of anticipation and excitement. What was I going to find under that tree in the morning? As a gardener, the first mild days of mud season b…
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I blame it on the sunshine. If the sun hadn’t been shining, I wouldn’t have had the overwhelming urge to get outside and DO something. Because, really? February is too early for garden cleanup. But of course, this hasn’t been a normal February. A normal…
I blame it on the sunshine. If the sun hadn’t been shining, I wouldn’t have had the overwhelming urge to get outside and DO something. Because, really? February is too early for garden …
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Oh yes, we are all willing to take that gamble in the Northland!
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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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Did you ever get a project about halfway done and then took years to get it finished? Oh, good, I’m glad it’s not just me. Two years ago Duluth Trading asked me to participate in a promotion they called A Kick in the Seat of the Pants. The idea was they’d…
Did you ever get a project about halfway done and then took years to get it finished? Oh, good, I’m glad it’s not just me. Two years ago Duluth Trading asked me to participate in a prom…
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The early spring that showed up last month went on hiatus as the Arctic Express roared through with six inches of snow and bitter cold–it dropped to -3F on the worst night. It’s almost as if the climate had to reboot to get back on track. But that is all…
The early spring that showed up last month went on hiatus as the Arctic Express roared through with six inches of snow and bitter cold–it dropped to -3F on the worst night. It’s almost …
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One lesson I learned from Sara Stein, author of Noah’s Garden and Planting Noah’s Garden, was that non-native (also called alien) plants typically start growing and blooming before the native plants–at least in North America. That is because the climate…
One lesson I learned from Sara Stein, author of Noah’s Garden and Planting Noah’s Garden, was that non-native (also called alien) plants typically start growing and blooming before the …
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Fickle February. That’s what I’m calling it, mostly because it has better alliteration than Roller Coaster February. A roller coaster of weather is what it’s been. Every time it’s gotten mild, I’ve been outside walking the trails I’ve made and taking…
Fickle February. That’s what I’m calling it, mostly because it has better alliteration than Roller Coaster February. A roller coaster of weather is what it’s been. Every time it&#…
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Very nice post, Kathy. In a matter of days it will be "March Madness".
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I have whined before, here and on Facebook, that some of my Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera hybrids, also called zygocacti) were failing. I got plenty of advice as a result, most of which I was already following, when I happened to stumble upon an old blog…
I have whined before, here and on Facebook, that some of my Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera hybrids, also called zygocacti) were failing. I got plenty of advice as a result, most of which I was alre…
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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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