Archive for June, 2011

Buffalo in Bloom to begin, more volunteers needed

June 28, 2011
21 Bissell Avenue on the East Side. Photo from Buffalo in Bloom.

If you live in the City of Buffalo, keep your front yard mowed and weeded during July and you might be rewarded through Buffalo in Bloom. And whether you live in the city or suburbs, you can help by becoming a volunteer scout and choosing yards that deserve an award. Here’s how it works....
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Parkside garden has evolved from play area to outdoor living room

June 28, 2011
Parkside garden has evolved from play area to outdoor living room

by Connie Oswald Stofko Patience. That’s what you need if you want a yard and gardens like those at 84 Woodward, Buffalo, the home of  Melissa and Bill Maldovan. The Maldovans’ gardens were decades in the making. The couple shared their lovely landscape with visitors during the 14th annual Parkside Garden Tour on Sunday,...
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Container plantings add to charm of Lewiston garden

June 28, 2011
Container plantings add to charm of Lewiston garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Right now there’s not a lot of color with the perennials,” said Marlene Craft. She remedies that situation by making great use of clever container plantings. “I can move things around and get color where I need it,” she explained. Above, the large watering can is filled with licorice (light...
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Williamsville house came with natural water feature: Glen Falls

June 28, 2011
Glen Falls in Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Marilyn Dempsey told her husband that she wanted to build a pond in their backyard. “I already bought you this,” Dennis told his wife, pointing to Glen Falls, located just behind their yard. The natural beauty of the majestic falls certainly would have eclipsed any man-made water feature they might...
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Tomaccio: 9-foot plants yield tomatoes that are great for drying

June 21, 2011
Tomaccio dried tomato

A new tomato this year is the Tomaccio, which has an intense, sugary flavor when eaten fresh or dried. Not only is the fruit supposed to be delicious, but the plant is a stunning specimen for your garden– it can grow to be nine feet tall! The plants at Lockwood’s Greenhouses are already four...
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Emerald ash borer detected here: what you should do

June 21, 2011
emerald ash borer

by Connie Oswald Stofko In January, we told you that the emerald ash borer had been detected in regions surrounding the Buffalo area. Now the beetle has been detected in the Olmsted Parks in Buffalo. By the time the beetle has been detected, it has probably been living in the area for three to...
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New tool library in University Heights serves suburbs, too

June 21, 2011
spade in Buffalo NY

A new tool library in the University Heights area of Buffalo serves gardeners in both Buffalo and the suburbs. The tool library is sponsored by the University Heights Collaborative and is part of the Buffalo Tool Library system. The Buffalo Tool Library is a collaborative effort of PUSH Buffalo, Grassroots Gardens, Buffalo ReUse, and...
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Potpourri: a mixture of news

June 14, 2011
Variety of Flowers

Suncatcher’s Garden Club, Genesee County, has many fun events planned, which are open to members and potential members. For more information, call Mrs. LaWall at (585) 345-1640. * Soil, Toil & Thyme Garden Club, Orleans County, has summer events planned, which are open to members or potential members. For more information, call Mrs. Stangland at (585)...
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How to keep your iris blooms from tipping over

June 14, 2011
How to keep your iris blooms from tipping over

Art Aigner, a reader from Elma, asked, “How do I prevent my iris blooms from laying over?” Mark Van Buren of  Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery offered a couple solutions. The problem may be that that the rhizome or root or “toe” of the plant isn’t deep enough. Van Buren said...
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Your plants aren’t your children: advice for low-maintenance gardens

June 13, 2011
garden gate from Kerry Ann Mendez

by Connie Oswald Stofko Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, author and consultant, will kick off the festivities for the National Garden Festival on Friday, June 24 with a talk on “Tips for Low-maintenance, High-impact Perennial Gardens.” You can also join her that day for a tour of the perennials and shrubs at the Buffalo...
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