Cold Climate Gardening turns five next week

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We interrupt this hiatus for an important message: on August 27th Cold Climate Gardening will turn five years old, and you’re invited to help celebrate. Last year, I interviewed several garden blog pioneers. This year, you get to interview me. Ask your questions in the comment section below, and I will answer your questions on the anniversary.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I still have a few lesson plans to work on. See you on the 27th!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Jack August 30, 2007, 12:23 pm

Happy Anniversary!!!

Do you think keeping lovebirds in the garden will give face lift to the garden?

Cynthia August 27, 2007, 7:43 am

First, CONGRATULATIONS! You amaze me with all of your accomplishments.

My questions:
“Which do you find more satisfying – garden writing or garden blogging?”

“If you HAD to give up one, which would it be and why?”

Looking forward to our visit!
Your forever friend,

Kris at Blithewold August 27, 2007, 6:18 am

Hello – I’m not sure I’ve introduced myself to you yet but I’ve been reading CCG since before I started blogging in April of this year. Thank you for your work! When you started blogging did you have any idea how popular the medium would become and did you already have faithful readers to write to? (as opposed to sending your voice out into the ether not knowing if it would be heard) Also, do you ever feel caught between gardening and blogging? Which do you do when both are calling to you?

Sandy August 26, 2007, 10:15 am

Happy Fifth Birthday!

No questions, just wanted to say that I enjoyed your blog very much, and hope it goes another five years.

Mary Ann Newcomer August 26, 2007, 10:12 am

Dear KP my adored CF,

You are to be heartily congratulated for leading the way, shining the light and encouraging the rest of us . You inspire me every day and I thank you for that. May you have another successful 5 and 50 years of Cold Climate Gardening. Can’t wait to see you face to face. Hey, and please answer layanee’s question, why blog?

layanee August 25, 2007, 10:32 pm

Let me add my congratulations to those already bestowed!

Which came first, gardening or writing? Why blog?

firefly August 25, 2007, 3:23 pm

Actually, I’m not so interested in the blogging as I am in the garden connection. Would you speak about where the garden was when you started the blog, and where it is now on the blog’s 5-year anniversary?

Also, how has keeping records for and writing the blog affected the way you garden?

ilona August 25, 2007, 1:29 pm

Your friendliness, attention to detail, and above the curve tech ability in blogging has impressed me from the start.

I would like to know if you had an overall plan or if one developed in the making of your blog?

which came first- the blogging or the garden writing?

and how did you get started in garden writing?

along with Stu I’d love to know where you are taking your garden blog into the future. What have you dropped from the agenda and what do you plan to start in this endeavor?

Kate August 24, 2007, 10:17 pm

Congratulations on your 5 years of blogging! You are an inspiration to me on many levels. Particularly because you keep us all happy with your gardening comments and have the great joy of managing a classroom as well.

Robin (Bumblebee) August 24, 2007, 6:26 pm

One more:

As you have prepared for your upcoming talk with the garden writers conference, what have you learned most in your research and dialogue with readers?

Your faithful reader,

Robin (Bumblebee)

Kathy Purdy August 24, 2007, 10:46 am

More good questions! And I never said anyone was limited to one question, so if you see one that hasn’t been asked . . .

carolyngail August 23, 2007, 5:51 pm

You are a true pioneer, Kathy . Five years is a remarkable milestone in the world of garden blogs. Heartfelt congratulations on your many wonderful and enlightening posts which I have been delighted to read.

My question is : Would you do it all over again ? Given the time, effort and devotion it takes, was it all worth it ? Actually that’s two questions, but hey, whose counting ?

bill August 23, 2007, 7:54 am

“In what ways has blogging been different from what you expected it to be, and in what ways has it met your expectations?”

Oldroses August 23, 2007, 12:14 am


My question is about your writing style. Did you start out with a particular “voice” when you began this blog or did it evolve over the years?

kate August 22, 2007, 9:32 pm

Congratulations on your fifth year of blogging. I’m impressed and wonder how you first decided to blog at a time when blogging was in its infancy?

Robin (Bumblebee) August 22, 2007, 8:31 pm

Hi Kathy!

Five years is an amazing commitment. I know people who don’t stay married that long!

Here’s are my questions:

1) What was your highest point–the most exciting and thrilling part of your blogging adventure?

2) And, part 2, what really got your down? What frustrated you and made you think of quitting?

3) Have you ever met–in person–people who you correspond with on your blog?

Your faithful reader,

Robin (Bumblebee)

Kathy Purdy August 22, 2007, 8:12 pm

These are all great questions! I find myself grinning as I think of answers worthy of them. Keep ’em coming, folks . . .

Carol August 22, 2007, 5:33 pm

My turn!

What is your personal favorite post of the past five years on CCG? Or if you can’t come up with just one, what are the top 5?

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Pam/Digging August 22, 2007, 2:25 pm

Congrats, Kathy! Here’s my question: how have you avoided the burnout that happens to so many bloggers after a while, and not just garden bloggers? What do you do to keep blogging fresh and interesting for you?

Kim August 22, 2007, 10:43 am

Happy blogiversary! Here is my question:

“After 5 years of garden blogging, and countless more years of gardening, do you still discover new blogs and fresh approaches to gardening that delight you?”

Stuart August 22, 2007, 9:36 am

Well…I’ll be first then. How do you see the next 5 years panning out, after the hiatus that is? What has been the biggest change that you’ve noticed over the past 5 years?

BTW – Happy birthday Kathy. 5 years in the blogosphere is almost legendary.