Nine Years of Blogging

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Today, Cold Climate Gardening turned nine years old. My very first blog post was a list of goals for this blog. After that, I didn’t mention my blogiversary until 2006, when I wrote a six part series on Garden Blog Pioneers in honor of my fourth blogiversary. The following year I invited my readers to interview me for my fifth blogiversary. I made brief mention of it for years seven and eight. And now we are nine, which means, next year, Lord willing, I will have a decade of garden blogging under my belt. Time flies when you’re having fun.

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.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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greg shadley October 23, 2011, 3:43 pm

6 years! awesome… I started this year. Hopefully I will have the drive like you to keep going. Anyhow, great blog!


rosh September 19, 2011, 2:16 pm

Congratulations. Thank you for all the years of great advice and ideas.
– looking forward to ten.


Bill @ prairie point September 18, 2011, 8:54 am

Wow, congratulations. You have really been there for the long term.

commonweeder September 5, 2011, 11:21 am

Happy blogiversary. And thank you for the nearly four years of inspiration and very real material help you have given me. And others. You are a gem.

dirty girl gardening September 3, 2011, 7:09 pm

Wow, that is a huge accomplishment… good for you! Keep up the writing!

Kevin September 2, 2011, 5:49 pm

Happy Blogiversary! You certainly provide a valuable resource for gardeners, writers, and bloggers. Cheers!

Debra September 2, 2011, 1:26 am

Dearest Kathy,
I am in awe of your talent! Huge congrats!
So good to see you at the Fling and in Indianapolis~
Here’s to your 10th season,
love Debra

Yael September 1, 2011, 1:03 pm


Congratulations on your 9 year blogversary. You truely have a wonderful blog.


CurtissAnn Matlock August 30, 2011, 9:45 pm

Congratulations, Kathy! Your blog is great. What a blessing to so many people.

Les August 30, 2011, 9:23 pm

I hope you are planning something big for next year. 10 years is more like 110 in blog years. Congratulations on 9.

Indoor Gardening August 30, 2011, 1:15 pm

Congrats Kathy! It’s amazing how fast time passes us by sometimes!

Clayton August 30, 2011, 8:58 am

Congratulations! Keep up the good work as gardeners are always looking for ideas and opinions.

JWLW August 29, 2011, 10:20 pm

Congratulations, Kathy! 9 years great, You are a inspiration to all garden bloggers. Looking forward to the next 9. I am approaching 4 years Sept 8th. I will remember your post when I reach 9 years.

Have a wonderful next 9 years,

Alistair August 29, 2011, 8:46 am

Congratulations, I have never heard of anyone else still blogging after such a long time. Something to be very proud of.

Helen at Toronto Gardens August 29, 2011, 12:03 am

Kathy, It was great to spend your blogiversary (or at least a part of it) with you in Indy! Wishing you many more.

Ilona's Garden August 28, 2011, 10:20 pm

It hardly seems like it has been that long! It certainly has taken you on quite a journey… I need to look at that first post of yours:)

Benjamin Vogt August 28, 2011, 5:34 pm

That’s practically the dark ages of blogdom, isn’t it? What a road you’ve been on. Congrats to ya. It takes a lot to keep a blog going in these days.

dirty girl gardening September 3, 2011, 7:24 pm

Ha! dark ages of blogdom…

Gail August 28, 2011, 5:16 pm

Kathy, Happy Anniversary~You’ve led the way and showed us all how to blog. Thank you for your beautifully written posts, for your kindness and support. xxoogail

Dee Nash August 28, 2011, 5:05 pm

Kathy, I’m so glad you started blogging, and I’m glad we’ve gotten to know each other over the last four years. Congratulations!!!!

Chan Stroman August 28, 2011, 4:30 pm

Dear Kathy, congratulations! May this perennial of the blogverse (bloggarten?) be as long-lived as the stalwart and graceful peony. Cheers! Chan

Mary Schier August 28, 2011, 2:13 pm

Congratulations, Kathy! You’re a real blogging pioneer. Here’s to many more years of gardening and blogging!

Cynthia August 28, 2011, 1:38 pm

Who knew where all of this would lead? Congratulations to you for all of the ripples or should I keep my metaphors straight and say SEEDS spreading out in gardens all over the world……! A country girl with a dream can go far!

Kat Wolfdancer August 28, 2011, 1:26 pm

Dear Kathy~ Thanks for the many years of fabulicious pictures and fascinating Posts. I am always delighted to tune in to your loverly Blog! Here’s to many more years of floral joys!

trey August 28, 2011, 11:22 am

Congratulations! Time does fly when your having fun…

Diana/SharingNaturesGarden August 28, 2011, 9:40 am

What a great milestone. Congrats. You’re an inspiration to us all.

Patrick's Garden August 28, 2011, 9:35 am

Congratulation Kathy. I can’t imagine 9 years but it must feel great. Look forward to many more.

Aagaard Farms August 28, 2011, 9:34 am

Congratulations! And thank you soooo much for a great blog from which I’ve learned so much!

Carolyn August 28, 2011, 8:53 am

Kudos to you, Kathy. You are indeed an inspiration to many. May you continue to find joy in the garden… and the desire to tell us about your adventures!

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence August 28, 2011, 7:38 am

Congratulations Kathy! Nine year blogging is a feat, particularly since you were one of the founders. H.

Frances August 28, 2011, 6:16 am

Congratulations, Kathy! You are indeed an institution, and one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege to know.

Leslie August 28, 2011, 12:58 am

Congratulations Kathy on being one of the founding garden bloggers! I look forward to many more years of posts from your cold climate!

Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand August 28, 2011, 12:24 am

Congratulations! Happy Birthday and one great reason to put the Garden Party Hats on *<|;-) Annie