An Old Friend Resurfaces

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Back when I was first hunting down information on cold climate gardening on the internet, I came across a website called “My Adirondack Gardens.” The Adirondacks, as you may know, can be quite cold, and the photos of the gardens were beautiful. But I was also frustrated, because that particular cold climate gardener never provided a way to contact her. Well, I just discovered Trudi has moved her site here, and also has a blog called Garden Scrapbooking. But Trudi still has no email address for me to write to her and find out what part of the Adirondacks she’s gardening in.

I understand the strong desire to avoid spam, but by not offering an email address, you miss the opportunity to make a lot of new friends, too. The programs that are designed to harvest email addresses off the internet read the actual link to your address in the html code, but they can’t read an image of the text. In other words, if you type your email address into your favorite graphics program, and then save it as an image file, human beings can read that picture and type it into their email program–spambots cannot. And only people who are really interested in contacting you will go to that trouble. It’s not cost-effective for spammers to invest the labor. I’m not picking on Trudi. There are other online friends who also withhold their email address from the prying eyes of the public.

I’m looking forward to watching Trudi’s new site grow and develop. And maybe we’ll get to be friends, too.

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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