sparkling punch & ice punch poinsettias at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Enjoy your poinsettias for weeks or months with proper care; see new varieties at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can enjoy your poinsettia plant for weeks or even months if you care for it properly. “The main thing is don’t overwater them,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of  Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “They don’t need to be watered nearly as much as people water them.” If the plant is in foil, take the foil off, water the plant at the sink, let the excess water drain out of the…

frostfog courtesy Donna Brok Garden Walk Garden Talk

Frost is only weeks (days?) away in WNY; protect tender plants to prolong growing season

It’s just a matter of weeks (or perhaps days) before we get frost in Western New York. Although he doesn’t know of any parts of Western New York that have gotten frost yet, there was a frost advisory Sunday night for the Town of Andover in Allegany County, said Mark Holt, Agriculture-Horticulture community educator for Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. That frost advisory prompted him to send along some tips on protecting tender plants from frost….

mass of mums at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

Should you treat mums as perennials or annuals?

by Connie Oswald Stofko Are mums perennials? For almost all the varieties that you will find for sale in Western New York, the answer is no. Local growers will call them fall mums or garden mums, but they won’t call them hardy because they’re not. And they definitely won’t call them perennials. There are two reasons that mums aren’t considered perennials, according to staff at Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg and Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville. The first reason is…

corpse flower blooming at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Time-lapse video shows you fast growth of Morty the corpse flower at Botanical Gardens

Even if you visited Morty the corpse flower at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens before it opened and while it was in bloom, it is hard to appreciate how quickly the flower grew. You can get a better idea of the tremendous growth of this rare plant by watching a time-lapse video created by the Botanical Gardens, which you can see below. The time-lapse video starts at the end of July when Morty was placed on display and…

You can still plant perennials, fall veggies and fruit trees & shrubs in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko The gardening season is still under way in Western New York. You can plant flowering perennials, cool-weather vegetables and fruit trees and shrubs now. Perennials You can safely plant perennials now through mid-September, said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Some landscapers and other gardening folks may say you can plant perennials well into October, he said, but he doesn’t recommend waiting that long because you want to…

woman walking by test gardens at Erie Basin Marina

Miss the National Garden Festival? See the beautiful trial gardens at Erie Basin Marina

by Connie Oswald Stofko We gardeners in Western New York are spoiled. During the height of the National Garden Festival, we can visit beautiful gardens– many, many beautiful gardens– four days a week. It’s been less than two weeks since the last event of the National Garden Festival ended, but many of us miss it already. There are still lovely gardens to visit in Western New York. One of them is the Joan and Victor Fuzak Memorial Gardens at the…

gazebo at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Enjoy outdoor gardens every day of the week at Botanical Gardens; if it rains, see exhibits inside

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you realize you can visit gardens every day of the week in Western New York? There are garden walks as part of the National Garden Festival every weekend through Aug. 2. Open Gardens continue on Thursdays and Friday through the end of July. And each day you can visit the outdoor gardens of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. I think a lot of visitors to the Botanical Gardens…

Coleus can add color & height to shady gardens; see spectacular displays at Botanical Gardens

  by Connie Oswald Stofko “The colors are breathtaking,” said Jeff Thompson, director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, talking about the coleus ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’. “It will visually will stun you.” The colors in ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, which you can see in the first photo, are indeed mouth watering. A center the color of cherry candy is surrounded by a chocolatey brown. A thin border of  minty green traces around the edges. “The color combination is…

uperbells Lemon Slice from Proven Winners

There’s still time to plant annuals; new varieties available for Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s still plenty of time to plant annual flowers in your garden or in containers. As I’ve said many times before, gardening doesn’t start and stop on Memorial Day weekend. If you like, you can choose the same annuals you use every year (with the possible exception of impatiens— not many garden centers will be carrying them this year.) But some people want something different. They like odd flowers that you won’t see in other gardens,…

plants from garden center in Western New York

5 tips for shopping for plants this weekend in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko This weekend is probably the biggest shopping weekend for gardeners. Our gardens should be dry enough to dig in by now, and by the end of May, the danger of frost should have passed, so we’re all excited to buy tender plants and put them in our gardens now. To help you get the most out of your shopping excursion, take a look at these tips. Decide what you want to get out of your garden…