Plantasia preview: Plants that look good & taste good, too

March 21, 2017

by Connie Oswald Stofko We buy plants with our eyes, said Ken Parker, CNLP, native plant expert and consultant. But when we choose plants that are edible as well as beautiful, we make our garden functional. “Plants are not just for aesthetics,” Parker said. And the edible plants that he recommends also attract pollinators,...
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Bulb plants might be hurt by low temps & wind, but snow helps

March 14, 2017
daffodils sprouting

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week, the daffodils along my driveway were progressing so quickly I thought the blooms might be finished before Easter. Today, they’re covered in snow. That may be a good thing. In February, we had springlike temperatures in the 60s and even 70s, but now we have gotten down into...
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Why you should plant butterfly weed, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

March 7, 2017
butterfly weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a butterfly magnet. It’s a native plant and doesn’t get serious diseases. Not only that, deer usually avoid it. The only negative thing about the plant is that it has “weed” in its name, according to an article in this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the...
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What does this warm weather mean for your WNY garden?

February 21, 2017
spring bulbs sprouting

by Connie Oswald Stofko We’ve been enjoying weather in the 50s, and it might go up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the next few days. What does this mean for our gardens in Western New York? Spring bulbs First, if the snow in your yard has melted, you’re probably seeing spring bulbs such as...
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Two remarkably different looks using only succulents; how to keep them small

February 14, 2017
title for video Two Remarkably Different Looks Using Succulents

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can create remarkably different looks using nothing but succulents. In this video, you’ll see how to create two container gardens. One is an elegant, low-growing garden in cool blues. The other is a larger, wilder look in hot Southwestern colors. Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118...
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Choose the right plant to keep gardening fun; hear author at PLANT WNY event

January 24, 2017
blue hydrangea in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are hydrangea plants that have blue flowers only when planted in acidic soil. In neutral soil, the flowers are pink. That means that if you want blue flowers and your soil is neutral, you have to add a lot of acid to your soil to get the flower color...
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Take steps now to have great soil next year

October 25, 2016
oak leaf on pine needles

by Connie Oswald Stofko A couple of simple tests can tell you what steps you have to take to improve your soil– or let you know that you are already on the right track. There are three kinds of tests you might do, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara...
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Preparing for winter: Tips from Master Gardeners

October 4, 2016
asters in Amherst NY garden autumn

The October issue of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension, is full of tips on what you should do in your garden now as we prepare for winter. Find out what you can plant now, what you should cut back and what you have to bring...
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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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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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