Archive for March, 2011

New small shrubs are great for tight spaces– even containers!

March 29, 2011
miniature butterfly bush in Burt NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A new trend in gardening is the development  of small bushes that fit nicely into tight spaces– some are even suitable for containers! These new varieties preserve the characteristics we enjoyed in the larger versions. One example of a smaller bush is ‘Bloomerang,’ a very fragrant reblooming lilac introduced two...
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Nine tips to keep your African violet looking its best

March 29, 2011
African violet in Buffalo NY

by Ruth Syron Good grooming will help keep your African violets looking beautiful for nine months out of the year. (African violets rest for three months. The rest period is usually January through March, but it can be December through February.) Here are nine tips to keep your African violet looking its best: Any...
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Five great tips for starting new plants from cuttings

March 22, 2011
mini greenhouse in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Even if you already know how to root a plant in water, you can make the process more successful with great tips from David Clark, professional horticulturist. He also shares tips on two easy methods for starting plants that you may not have used before. Clark recently gave two hands-on...
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Use your garden to help the Buffalo-area watershed

March 22, 2011
tulip tree

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the  early 1900s, Margaret Wooster’s family farmed land in the Genesee Valley, south of Rochester.  When salt deposits were discovered underground, the family sold their land to a mining company. A mine shaft was sunk and family members went to work as salt miners for the company. Eventually the...
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Can this damaged rose be saved?

March 15, 2011
rose in bloom in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Debbie Hageman of Lancaster e-mailed us this question: “I’m looking for information on winter damage for a rose (I think it’s an old fashioned rose) that split where the two main canes come together. Can they be glued or taped? Thanks for any information.” Yes, they can be taped, answered...
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No early spring: Buffalo gardens will have to wait for warm weather

March 15, 2011
spring buds and rock in snow in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last year at this time, spring had already arrived in the Buffalo area. The ground was thawed, the sun was shining, the air was warm and I was in my garden getting a head start on pulling weeds. It was glorious! Will we be getting another early spring this year?...
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‘Organic’ not always best choice for fertilizers & pesticides, chemist says

March 8, 2011
bee in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko A fertilizer or pesticide may be called “organic,” but that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you, contends Dr. Fran Evans, a master gardener and retired chemist. In a wide-ranging talk about garden conservation this past weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Dr. Evans touched on...
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Botanical Gardens in Buffalo gets award for weddings

March 8, 2011
Abramovsky wedding at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has received a Bride’s Choice Award 2011 from WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation. “This is truly an honor,” said Mary Rose, wedding and event coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. “We are so pleased to have made such wonderful memories...
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Now is time to do most pruning in Buffalo area

March 1, 2011
prune shrubs in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko When it comes to pruning, the most common mistake people make is that they do it at the wrong time, said Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is a horticulturist, author and garden consultant. Cunningham will join Rex Weber, CNLP, arborist at Bradley Tree, in teaching a pruning seminar on Saturday, March...
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Daffodils are the birthday flower for the month of March

March 1, 2011
daffodil in Buffalo

by Ruth Syron Daffodils (also known as jonquils or narcissus) are the March birthday flower. In the Victorian era, daffodils meant, “You are an angel.” In the modern language of flowers, daffodils are a symbol of domestic happiness and friendship. Both meanings hold very nice sentiments. The daffodil is considered the national flower of...
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