white glitter poinsettia in Amherst NY

Poinsettias are easy to maintain, so why doesn’t yours rebloom?

by Connie Oswald Stofko We know that it’s easy to care for poinsettia plants. They can last through January and into spring without much effort, and many gardeners successfully nurture their poinsettias through summer. So why can’t we get poinsettias to rebloom the following year? And since poinsettias are so easy to care for, why do we buy the plants? Why don’t we start from scratch and grow poinsettia plants ourselves? “It’s difficult,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of  Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses,…

Christmas greens in pot with bow

Outdoor arrangement uses fresh-cut greens

Here’s an outdoor arrangement to welcome visitors to your home. This idea comes from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Greens are placed upright in a plastic pot and decorated with a big red bow and pine cones. The greens are fresh-cut and locally grown. There’s soil in the pot to hold the branches in place. Rain will keep the soil wet, adding more weight and helping keep the pot stable. The arrangement looks charming in the…

take photo with poinsettia backdrop at Mischler's in Amherst NY

Poinsettias make a stunning backdrop for holiday photo at Mischler’s in Williamsville– It’s free!

Looking for a festive backdrop for your holiday greeting card? Pose with a backdrop of hundreds of colorful poinsettias at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. It’s free! Take your camera and pose your family or friends anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 2. The family pet is welcome, too. This opportunity is part of the Holiday in the Village of Williamsville celebration presented by the Williamsville Business Association. While you’re there, enjoy…

lily centerpiece for Christmas at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Homegrown lilies are part of Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re looking for a decoration for your home or a gift for a friend, think of fresh flowers. The centerpiece pictured uses oriental lilies grown in the greenhouses at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Even the pine cones are sourced locally. Other flower and plant suggestions include miniature gardens, snowball hydrangeas, and poinsettias. You can order online or call Mischler’s at 632-1290. Save…

Varieties of poinsettias range from darling to dramatic

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve seen?” said Teresa Buchanan, general manager at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. We were looking at two new varieties of poinsettia: mini pink ‘Princettia’ and mini white ‘Princettia’.  Even the name ‘Princettia’ is darling– a blend of princess and poinsettia. The mini ‘Princettias’ are unusual because they are miniatures; the plants are only about eight inches high and will stay small. This is the first time Lockwood’s, which grows…

autumn display with pumpkins

Beyond the jack-o’-lantern: Decorate with pumpkins & make a snack, too

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 on a patio table, make a still life. This idea is from Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. You could start with a…

halloween-miniature garden in cauldron

Make a spooky miniature garden at Mischler’s

Add a new dimension to your Halloween decorating with a spooky miniature garden during a workshop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The same workshop will be held at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Choose from a variety of succulent plants along with bits of nature to create a unique centerpiece for your holiday celebration. Take your child or grandchild, friend or neighbor to share in this unique gardening experience of…

mini Christmas gardens

When you need a little gift, the mini-mini succulent garden is just right

When you’re looking for a little something for someone on your Christmas list, check out the mini-mini succulent gardens at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. You can give these adorable dish gardens as a token of appreciation for your child’s teacher or for the neighbor who shovels your sidewalk. Because they’re small, they can easily fit on the window sill of someone in a nursing home. And succulents are super easy to care for, so even…

doorknob basket

Doorknob baskets & two more ideas for decorating, gift giving

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a delightful holiday decoration that I hadn’t seen before: doorknob baskets. As the name suggests, they’re small woven baskets that you can hang as a decoration on a doorknob. They’re filled with greens grown at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. “You can leave one on your neighbor’s door as a surprise,” said Hilary McHale, assistant manager at Lockwood’s. “It’s a little bit of holiday cheer.” While you could hang them on an inside door,…

take photo with poinsettia backdrop at Mischler's in Amherst NY

Take a great holiday photo with the free poinsettia backdrop at Mischler’s

Hundreds of poinsettias form the backdrop that you can use to take your family holiday photo at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This opportunity will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 and Saturday, Dec. 5. This opportunity is part of the Holiday in the Village of Williamsville celebration presented by the Williamsville Business Association. Take your own camera. Stylish wooden outdoor furniture will be available for your…