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Two remarkably different looks using only succulents; how to keep them small

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 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, tells us about containers, describes why the succulents he has chosen work well together, shows us exactly how to plant the containers…

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Let’s talk about sympathy flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s not a comfortable topic: Ordering flowers when someone you know has died. But Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, gives us some guidelines in this video that may relieve your anxiety. If a close family member has died, the flowers you choose will depend on the kind of services that will be held, she explains. Flowers for services where a casket will be on display differ from those at a memorial or…

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A thought for Valentine’s Day: Men like flowers, too!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Have you ever sent flowers to a man? Why not? As we gardeners know, men like flowers. They plant flowers in their yards and go on garden walks and participate in garden clubs. And men like to receive flowers as a gift, just as women do, says Frank Mischler, president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. For men, choose bold, masculine colors, such as you see in the video below. Another thought…

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Video: Current trends in floral design with Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Since it’s the beginning of a new year, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the current trends in floral design. In this video, Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, leads us through the new styles. Some trends, such as smaller, compact designs in flower arrangements, have evolved for practical reasons. Some people simply don’t have a lot of room to display a huge arrangement at home or on…

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Enjoy flowers now by making ‘My Suzie’ arrangement; watch video demonstration

You can enjoy flowers any time of the year when you make the “My Suzie” flower arrangement with these easy directions from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This is a trendy design, but it’s simple enough that even a beginner will get good results. It uses hydrangeas, spray roses and lemon leaves (also called salal), which are available year round at Mischler’s. You can even get the container at Mischler’s. If you prefer, you can use…

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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…

Morty the corpse flower bloomed

by Connie Oswald Stofko Morty, the corpse flower at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, finally bloomed! It opened in the wee hours of the morning Friday, Aug. 8. I went over around 10 a.m. and shot the video below. People were lined up Friday to see Morty and lines got longer on Saturday. The lines snaked through the various buildings at the Botanical Gardens, so there was plenty to look at along the way, plus volunteers were on…

Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

by Connie Oswald Stofko I love Western New York gardeners. I tried waiting out the rain Sunday, but it just kept getting worse, so around 1 p.m. I made my way out to the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, a garden walk that covers parts of Amherst and Cheektowaga. I stopped at the home of Terrie and Jerry Newman at 194 Lamarck Dr. The description on the map said they had struggled with clay soil, something that a lot of Western New…

Get spectacular spring color without sacrificing summer splendor

by Connie Oswald Stofko So many of us are looking forward to the start of the 2014 gardening season, but Claudia Kolbe-Hawthorne of the Cleve-Hill section of Cheektowaga is already enjoying the third wave of color in her flower beds. First there were the hyacinths, which were followed by daffodils. When I visited her last week, there were masses of colorful tulips. But even after the tulips are gone, there won’t be a lack of color. The perennials, such as…

Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds do it. Bees do it. And birds and bees help plants do it. In the video below, we bring you a sneak peek of “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life  of Plants,” the kick-off presentation of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Science Café Series. In this entertaining video, David Clark, horticulture instructor at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, shows us some of the strange ways plants create more of themselves. Clark is…