Archive for October, 2010

See amazing mums at Botanical Gardens’ new exhibit

October 26, 2010
lava chrysanthemum in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Some spectacular blooms are on display at the 105th annual Chrysanthemum Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pictured at left is lava, a spider mum in fiery tones. “All of these are indoor mums,” explained Doug O’Reilly, horticulturist at the Botanical Gardens....
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How to create a yard that’s easy to maintain, yet colorful

October 26, 2010
raised bed in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want a yard that is colorful but easy to maintain, take some tips from this makeover. As we promised, throughout the fall and winter we’re bringing you articles on the Front Yard Competition that was held as part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo this summer. Today...
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Stretch the season with frost-tolerant annuals

October 19, 2010
straw flower in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko We’ve had a frost, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon flower gardening for the year. You can stretch the season well into November with frost-tolerant annuals. While many people are familiar with mums and pansies, there are many more choices, such as the straw flower, seen here. “Many...
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Get a look inside a bee hive in Buffalo

October 19, 2010
look inside bee hive in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to make sure your garden has pollinators, you might want to try beekeeping, as we discussed in a previous post. Today we peek inside to see how a bee hive is constructed.  Building a hive would be a good winter project, or you can purchase a hive....
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Get ready to plant garlic, and try different varieties

October 12, 2010
garlic in Buffalo area

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garlic is a must-have for the kitchen, and it grows well in Western New York. What you might not know is that it comes in an amazing range of flavors, said Tom Szulist. He and his wife Vivianne Singer Szulist own Singer Farm Naturals, which specializes in growing organic gourmet...
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Youngstown garden is influenced by Philippines

October 12, 2010
waterfall in Youngstown NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “As you can tell, I like the ripple of water,” said Jaime Pabilonia. He and his wife Linda have many water features in the gardens of  “Waterscape,” their Youngstown home. “I was born in a place with a waterfall,” said Jaime , who is originally from the Philippines. When he...
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Get pollinators for your garden by keeping bees

October 5, 2010
beekeeping in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to make sure there are plenty of honey bees around to pollinate your garden, consider beekeeping. Philip Barr recently presented a workshop on beekeeping for Buffalo ReUse. “I got into beekeeping because I wanted more vegetables,” he said. Bees are important pollinators, but a phenomenon called colony...
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Pick a project on 10/10/10 to cut carbon (gardening is an option!)

October 5, 2010
Western New York activities for 350 10/10/10

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s easy to tell ourselves that we puny humans couldn’t possibly be affecting the earth’s environment. But puny humans polluted the Cuyahoga River in Ohio so badly it caught fire, and our own Lake Erie was once declared dead. We do affect our environment. That’s the bad news. The good...
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