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compost around perennials

Want to water less often? Try using mulch

by Connie Oswald Stofko Have you gotten any rain lately? If so, lucky you! I’ve been hearing forecasts of thunderstorms, and I happily anticipated having my rain barrels refilled. But we got only lightning. There was barely enough rain to dampen the porch– and the areas under the plastic lawn chairs stayed dry! We’re...
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July 19, 2016
red lily leaf beetle

How are gardeners dealing with red lily leaf beetle?

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: “My Asiatic lilies were attacked by the lily beetles last year. “This year they (the red lily leaf beetles) are back in my garden. I literally pulled about 6-8 of my lilies and just tossed them out because they were so bad and distressing...
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July 19, 2016
gardens along fence in City of Tonawanda

Gardener brings plants from her family to husband’s fourth-generation home

by Connie Oswald Stofko Peter Kurtzworth is the fourth generation of his family to live in the home at 491 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda. When he married Judy four years ago, she brought pieces of her heritage to his homestead: plants from her former home, from her aunt’s cottage and from her mother’s...
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July 19, 2016
purple and yellow flowers

Coming next week: Our email will be easier to read on phone, tablet

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many of you now use your phone or tablet to check your email, and I want to make sure it’s easy for you to get all the latest news and tips from Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. Next week you’ll notice that the email you get will be easier to read on those smaller...
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July 19, 2016
Buffalo in Bloom front yard

Buffalo in Bloom is back, with a twist: Nominate your own garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Buffalo in Bloom, the project that recognizes City of Buffalo residents who maintain their properties with gardens in their front yard, is back after a hiatus of several years. In past years, the idea was for teams of volunteers to cover the entire city, block by block, and recognize residents...
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July 19, 2016
garden on Amherst Garden Walk

Phlox and oriental lilies add fragrance, color, height & drama to garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko “My favorite flowers are phlox and oriental lilies because they’re fragrant,” said Ed Dinki, “and I love the color. Asiatic lilies are nice, but they’re not too fragrant.” You can get tips like that and see some amazing gardens when you dare to stray from the clusters of gardens at...
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July 12, 2016
outdoor living room with Afro-Caribbean theme

Peaceful gardens make visitors feel happy on Snyder-Clevehill Garden Tour

by Connie Oswald Stofko “It looks pretty peaceful out here,” Joyce Heath said, surveying her yard on the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View on July 10. With so much happening in the world, especially in recent weeks, it’s a feeling she tries to convey in her gardens. Rocks in a side garden were inscribed with “Tranquility”...
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July 12, 2016
small waterfall in front yard in Buffalo NY

Eclectic garden changes throughout the seasons

by Connie Oswald Stofko “It’s not meant to look perfect or manicured,” Dr. Kenton Bruce Anderson said of his front yard at 44 Montrose Ave., Buffalo. “It’s meant to be carefree, but look as if somebody takes care of it.” You can see this fun garden on the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk from...
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July 12, 2016
Beyond Flowers Tour in Buffalo

See another side of gardening; sign up now for local bus tours

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The response we always get is, ‘I had no idea these things were happening,'” said Mary Van Vorst. That’s the reaction from people who went on the Beyond Flowers Tour and the East Side Momentum Tour. Van Vorst is one of the volunteers who helped organize these bus tours, which...
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July 12, 2016