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Four great annuals that you might not know about

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you’re tired of using the same annuals every year or you’re new to gardening and don’t know where you start, here are some interesting suggestions for annuals from Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. These plants all like sun. Varieties of cuphea “It’s a nice, reliable, good overall plant,”...
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May 24, 2016
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Here’s an easy way to deadhead annuals in hanging baskets

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s an easy way to deadhead some annuals in hanging baskets. I got this great tip from Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens during the recent Great Plant Sale. Instead of picking off the dead flowers one by one, hold the basket...
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May 24, 2016
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No, there’s no labeling on use of neonicotinoids in plants or seeds

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got this question from a reader: Hi Connie, How can we be sure that we aren’t buying plants that have been treated with neonics, or grown from seeds containing neonics? Is there a standard label to look for? Or certain brands that don’t deal in them? Thanks. Kristen Buffalo...
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May 24, 2016
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Get 45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes in Amherst

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will present “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” at the meeting of the the Amherst Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. Those attending will also participate in a plant exchange, allowing each person to take a plant to...
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May 24, 2016
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You can plant impatiens in your shady garden if you want to play the odds

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to plant impatiens this year, you can take steps to decrease your chances of having your flowers killed by the blight called downy mildew, said Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. One thing you can do...
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May 17, 2016
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Go early to get best picks at Great Plant Sale; see container demonstrations, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko In a new feature this year, you can see free demonstrations on creating great mixed containers at the Great Plant Sale to be held in the Administration Building of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission to the sale is free. The sale will...
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May 17, 2016
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Hear ‘Get Crafty in Your Garden’ at Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will present “Get Crafty in Your Garden” at the meeting of the Cinderella Isle Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in Trinity Lutheran Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In my presentation, I’ll show you tips on crafts you can make for your garden as well as...
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May 17, 2016
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Coneflowers with aster yellows disease: Keep healthy plants, but pull diseased ones

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: Hi Connie, Last summer we were warned about aster yellows destroying coneflowers. My coneflowers were all infected but I didn’t remove the plants from my garden. Now I’m watching them sprout and I’m wondering if I should be worried. Should I take them out...
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May 10, 2016
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Garden walks in Lancaster & Ken-Ton are seeking gardeners; Hamburg wants vendors, too

The garden walks in Lancaster and Ken-Ton are looking to sign up gardeners who want their gardens listed on this year’s event, and Hamburg is looking to sign up vendors as well as gardeners. As we told you previously, Sunday, May 15 is the deadline to sign up for Garden Walk Buffalo. For more...
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May 10, 2016