Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Plant perennials now: Buy them, divide them or get them at plant & seed exchange

September 27, 2016
plant and seed exchange

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fall is a good time of year to plant perennials. The weather isn’t as hot as it was just last week, so the plants won’t be as stressed. Since we’re getting more rain, it’s easier to make sure those new plantings are kept well watered. You need to make sure...
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Our hot September weather means mum season is just starting

September 27, 2016
fall mums budding and in flower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week the calendar said it was autumn, but it still felt like summer. Mums thought it was still summer, too, and they were late in blooming this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Usually Labor Day is the beginning of...
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Beyond the jack-o’-lantern: Decorate with pumpkins & make a snack, too

September 27, 2016
autumn display with pumpkins

by Connie Oswald Stofko For Halloween and other autumn holidays, it’s fun to decorate with pumpkins, and you can do more than carve a jack-o’-lantern. Here are a couple other ideas for decorating with pumpkins, along with a tip for cooking pumpkin seeds. Make an outdoor display Instead of just setting a single pumpkin...
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Enjoy waves of spring color– in a single spot

September 20, 2016
diagram showing how to layer bulbs

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a way to enjoy waves of spring color in a single spot in a garden bed– or even in a container. This information came to me from Joanie Long, chair of the horticulture committee with the East Aurora Garden Club, who gave a presentation to her club on the...
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Building a path or patio: Is this a project for you?

September 13, 2016
patio with a view

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last month, we talked about a project most home gardeners can do, building a garden wall, and we discussed the advantages of using natural stone instead of concrete. A reader asked if we would do something about building flat areas. To recap: In the previous article, we talked about building...
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Cool ideas from a garden on Niagara Falls garden walk include keyhole garden

September 6, 2016
shed flowers vegetable garden in Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We want people to come back downtown,” said Ruth Cooper of 12th St., Niagara Falls. “It’s safe here.” That was the message of the Black Squirrel Garden Walk, held July 23 as part of Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, USA. (The Black Squirrel Garden Walk is named that for the...
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Hydrangeas for every space, plus more talks set at Lockwood’s Fall Festival

August 30, 2016
oakleaf hydrangea Gatsby

by Connie Oswald Stofko When it comes to hydrangeas, there’s something for everyone: large plants and small plants, early bloomers and late bloomers, tree shapes and shrub shapes. For those of you who got tired of watering this summer, there are drought-tolerant varieties. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the many hydrangea...
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Succulents become works of art at the Botanical Gardens; exhibit starts Saturday

August 30, 2016
succulents reflecting Ensor Fireworks

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have seen succulents displayed vertically on a wall– we showed you a framed arrangement with a mirror  that the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens used in its succulents show a few years ago. This year the folks at the Botanical Gardens thought it would be cool to...
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Fungal disease may affect vinca minor, plus more info from Master Gardeners

August 30, 2016
vinca minor in Amherst NY by Stofko

If you’re noticing dying stems and leaves on your vinca minor (also known as myrtle or periwinkle), it might not be due to the dry weather. It might be a fungal disease. You find out more in the article “Potential Problem with Vinca Minor,” one of the articles in September’s edition of WNY Gardening...
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Noisy West Seneca yard becomes private paradise

August 23, 2016
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You could see– and hear–  the nearby convenience store from the backyard. But not anymore. Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski now have a private backyard paradise at their home on Tudor Place in West Seneca. I visited them during the fifth annual West Seneca Tour of Gardens held July 23...
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