by Connie Oswald Stofko
Here in Western New York, we gardeners have a lot to be thankful for. Here’s my list, and I hope you’ll share your own thoughts in a comment below.
- I’m thankful that we got plenty of rain this season. I rarely had to water. Gardeners I talked to were thrilled that their perennials were so big and healthy!
- There are so many garden walks and Open Gardens during the summer in Western New York that no one can visit every garden! And throughout the year, there are exhibits, presentations, classes and hands-on workshops — again, who could attend them all? What a wonderful problem we gardeners have!
- I’m grateful that I saw more butterflies in my yard this year. Maybe the native plants I have added, such as joe-pye weed and varieties of milkweed, are helping to attract them. I had lots of opportunities to photograph them elsewhere, too.
- When we gardeners have a question, there are so many places to turn to. Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension can help you identify plants, insects and plant ailments. Members of plant societies, such as Western New York Rose Society, WNY Hosta Society, African Violet and Gesneriads Society of WNY and Buffalo Area Daylily Society, are happy to share their knowledge at their meetings, at events and even through Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. Check out garden clubs, too. Any meetings that are listed on our Events page are open to the public. Those are all wonderful resources that we shouldn’t take for granted.
- My neighbor saves her autumn leaves for me!
- We have many local garden centers, landscapers and other green businesses to help us keep our gardens wonderful. They all offer different plants, merchandise and services, so there’s a lot to choose from! (Check out our Gardening Directory.)
- Gardeners are friendly and helpful, and just a delight to talk with. I feel happy anytime I have the opportunity to be with gardeners!