Echoes of the Garden

Disclosures and Privacy Policy


This page is where I tell you all about how I am complying with the FTC guidelines of disclosure for paid and/or sponsored content. Aelfrida’s travels and exploration may be sponsored by the kingdom, but her chronicler requires upkeep. This means that there will be ads on these pages, and if you click on them I will be compensated. Or perhaps someone has paid me to put one of their ads on my site.

My hope through this blog is that I can provide useful and insightful information about trees and plants and the many ways they can be and are used in our lives. There may be links within posts that will take you to where I purchased certain products I’m writing about, and I may be compensated with a commission if you purchase anything from said links.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Sometime in the near future I may start to receive products or be asked to do sponsored posts. I can promise you this, I will always tell you when I have received a product or have been compensated to write a post. This is the most important part (to me at least, probably not the FTC); I will NEVER EVER keep, or review, or promote, or accept compensation for ANY product that I do not believe in. Period.

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Re-use Policy

Now, to turn the tables. I work extremely hard to provide you with wonderful posts and images. Please do not take any of my content and use it for your own. That’s just wrong, not to mention illegal and considered a copyright violation. You MAY, however, use one image from a post as long as you link back to and give proper credit.

Contact Me With Questions

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at