Kathy Purdy

In Appreciation of Frost

– Posted in: Meditations
First Frost Umpires Whistle

We live in a valley, and while we are still waiting for the sun to shine on our house, we see it illuminating the hillside behind us, especially as the sun's angle changes as we approach the winter solstice. The contrast between the sunny autumn foliage and the shadowy frost-coated lawn was striking, and I [...]

Mow Your Leaves and Pamper Your Plants

– Posted in: Garden chores
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We are blessed to have a couple of hundred-year-old trees in our front yard. For the past two years, I have asked the family member in charge of mowing the front yard to use the bag attachment on the lawn mower for the final mowing, so that the leaves are shredded and collected by the [...]

Early Blooming Colchicums

– Posted in: Colchicums
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For those of you just joining in, I am something of a colchicum aficionado. I collect colchicums the way some people collect fiestaware or baseball cards. I want to have one of each, and I want to make sure each one is authentic. Colchicums are plants that grow from corms. Most of the ones that [...]

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Native/Invasive
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I picked up Roy Diblik's The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden from the library shelf because I knew the author supplied the plants for the Lurie Garden in Chicago, working closely with designer Piet Oudolf, and I wanted to learn more about the naturalistic style of gardening that both of these men espouse. Yes, there is [...]

Speaking in Manchester, Vermont

– Posted in: Events
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Hello, dear readers! I'll be speaking on Creating A Cabin Fever Bed this Wednesday, September 16th for the Manchester Garden Club at the Manchester Community Library at 1 pm. Would love to see you there! If winter starts too early and spring doesn't come soon enough, if you find yourself pacing indoors and gazing out [...]