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For autumn interest, choose attractive shrubs that help WNY’s environment

by Connie Oswald Stofko How did your landscape look this autumn? Did you have lovely autumn perennials? Trees bursting with fall-colored leaves? How about shrubs? Chances are you don’t have shrubs with autumn interest, and if you do, it’s a popular shrub that is problematic. As you make your plans for next year, consider choosing a native shrub that is interesting in autumn in Western New York. Stunning, but problematic: burning bush I’ve got to admit, burning bush (Euonymus alatus),…

gift bag that is compostable

Make gift bags you can compost in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Have you accumulated extra paper bags since the ban on plastic bags at stores went into effect in New York State? I have. And I’ve done it on purpose. The other day I stopped into a store and bought one small item. It wasn’t raining out; I could have easily carried the item to my car with no help from a bag. But when the cashier asked me if I wanted a bag for just a…

Master Gardeners from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties

Jan 16 is deadline for Master Gardener training in Cattaraugus & Chautauqua

Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the next Master Gardener training class for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 16. Space is limited. Get applications here; in person at the Chautauqua County office at 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, or by calling (716) 664-9502 to have one mailed to you. Classes will take place remotely from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through May 20. There will also be a few in-person classes each…

child next to large poinsettia at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Twice-as-tall poinsettias now available at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Most poinsettias are 18 inches tall, but Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses offers poinsettias that are about three feet tall–twice as tall as other poinsettias. One recent shopper called them “magnificent,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s. While they’re unusual, these poinsettias are, oddly enough, traditional, too. They aren’t a different variety of poinsettia; they’re just grown differently. Typically, poinsettias are pinched back (which means cutting back some stems), Yadon explained. That encourages the plant to branch…

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