Shirley poppy. 2008 ©Cadence PurdySunset at the old house. June 2008. ©Cadence PurdyVariegated bulbous oat grass (Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum 'Variegatum' and an unknown heuchera. June 2009 ©ColdClimateGardening.comFreshly picked peas. June 2008. ©Cadence PurdyOriental poppies. June 2008 ©Kathy PurdyCommon milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. June-July 2008'Jay Bird' Siberian iris. June 2013. ©Kathy PurdyChipmunks love black oil sunflower seeds as much as birds do! June 2009 ©ColdClimateGardening.comCanna leaf. June 2009 ©

Welcome to Cold Climate Gardening

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I’m so glad to have you visit! If you are looking for help gardening in a challenging cold or short-season climate, you’ve come to the right place! Gardening in a cold climate isn’t more difficult than growing in other climates, as long as you grow plants suited to the climate and the soil. We’ve got pages of information–check out the menus above, browse the archives, or take advantage of the search box in the sidebar to the right. I’m Kathy Purdy, and I do most of the writing here, and we also have some excellent guest authors. We’d love to hear from you in the comments or the contact page.

Smoke On A Rope: Wildflower Wednesday

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Driving down country roads on the way to town, I noticed what looked like brown fur in many of the shrubs along the road. I finally realized that the "fur" was actually the seedheads of Virgin's bower, Clematis virginiana, which Prairie Moon Nursery fittingly calls "prairie smoke on a rope." Virgin's bower is a native…