Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!: Notes from a Gloucester Garden by Kim Smith made me aware of my garden book prejudices: What kind of title is that? You just don't start a title with "oh" and end it with an exclamation point! And then I read the back cover: "Drawn by the tender magic of [...]
All you upstate NY gardeners need to know about the Odyssey to Ithaca sponsored by Upstate Gardeners Journal. They are going to visit MacKenzie-Childs, Bakers Acres, The Plantsmen, and Bedlam Gardens. I've been to them all except MacKenzie-Childs, and they're all wonderful. The Odyssey is departing from both Buffalo and Rochester on June 6. If [...]
I can just hear you now. "Kathy, what is a fiction book doing on your blog? Why are you offering this as a prize in your scavenger hunt?" I was wondering the same thing when an editor from Penguin emailed me offering a review copy, but it turns out gardens and gardening are woven through [...]
Julie Moir Messervy opens Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by remarking, Most of us feel less confident about creating outdoor living spaces than we do about our interiors. Inside, we happily paint walls, choose finishes, and buy rugs, furniture, and fixtures, but when we step outside we're unsure of how to begin. Maybe [...]
First daffodils have blossomed. Good ol' Rijnveld’s Early Sensation I expected, but the ones by the Juneberry surprised me.
I've always had the suspicion that most of my readers don't realize how much else I offer on this website in addition to this blog, so I thought I'd celebrate the "grand re-opening" of Cold Climate Gardening with a scavenger hunt that will encourage you to explore my website more thoroughly. Prizes, We Have Prizes [...]
Welcome to the newly designed Cold Climate Gardening. I've spent a couple of months working behind the scenes, to give you a better-looking and better-functioning website. I'm hoping it will be easier to find the information you need and to continue conversations in the online gardening community. I've created this new design using Thesis, a [...]
Might have weeded out Hypoxis hirsuta the other day. Has grass-like foliage & found the tag later. Hoping it's still dormant.
First Dutch crocus, Chionodoxa, Siberian squills: spring has sprung! Heavenly 60F
About fifteen years ago I planted a bit more than 800 bulbs into the north-facing bank of our driveway. Um, no, not all in one day. Not all in the same year, actually. You can read more about it here. It's a madness I've never regretted, because the vision in my head that spurred me [...]