Archive for May, 2012

How to keep cool in Buffalo and other summer gardening tips

May 29, 2012
cucumber water in Buffalo NY

The official start of summer is June 20, but the summer weather that we previewed in March seems here to stay.  Here are a couple tips to keep you cool in your Western New York garden this summer, as well as other summer tips. Cucumber water is refreshing I tasted cucumber water for the...
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Use Rio flair– & toilet paper roll– to create this flower arrangement

May 29, 2012
Ricardo Costa floral arrangement

Ricardo Costa, internationally renowned floral designer from Brazil, used a toilet paper roll and yarn to quickly create this fabulous flower arrangement with the flavor of Rio de Janeiro. See the video below. This was one of several arrangements he created during a presentation at the national convention of National Garden Clubs Inc. in...
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How to create an award-winning container garden

May 22, 2012
Winner 2012 container garden Lewiston NY with Sally Knize

“Let your inner zany self come out,” said Kay Kalick, describing what you must do to create an award-winning container garden. Kalick is coordinating the container garden contest to be held as part of the Lewiston GardenFest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. The GardenFest includes a...
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Creativity abounds at national flower show in Buffalo

May 22, 2012
collage at National Garden Club convention Buffalo NY

Buffalo’s sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted gardeners from across the nation and around the world as they arrived last week for the 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc. There was plenty to do at the convention, called “Explore the Wonders.” Internationally renowned speakers, seminars, tours and a flower show were...
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Questions & answers: Leeks gone wild, antsy peony bushes, & more

May 22, 2012
ant on peony by Donna Brok Niagara Falls NY

Today we have a returning question and three new questions. Can you help these readers? If you have a suggestion for any of them, please leave a comment below.   Question #1: Leeks gone wild All of a sudden, I have wild leeks growing throughout my gardens.  Last year they were in one section,...
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Let us grow salad with ‘lettuce bowl’ container garden

May 15, 2012
lettuce bowl container garden in Buffalo NY area

  by Colleen Morrissey, herb manager and container designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses If you love salad and enjoy gardening, plant a “lettuce bowl” container garden. It’s a quick and easy project. You don’t need much space, so you can have a “lettuce bowl” container garden on a sunny balcony, front stoop or...
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Tree peony is showy element of spring garden in Buffalo

May 15, 2012
tree peony blossom in Buffalo NY

With flowers so large that you need two hands to cup a blossom, the tree peony in the garden of Christine Brooks provides a spectacular spring show. “Isn’t it beautiful?” she asked as I admired the tree with her this past weekend. The tree peony is visible from the street as you drive toward...
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Waves of spring flowers bring beauty to Hamburg garden

May 8, 2012
spring flowers in garden in Hamburg NY

Spring is an overlooked time for gardens in the Buffalo area. It seems we spend our time waiting and preparing for the end of May, the traditional time to plant tender annuals, and we forget to pause and enjoy the beauty of spring gardens. With perennials, you can have successive waves of blooms in...
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Demonstrations, sale to be part of Bonsai Show May 19, 20

May 8, 2012
Dan Zak's Japanese maple bonsai. Photo from Buffalo Bonsai Society.

You’ll see marvelous examples of bonsai, the miniature gardening art form, at the upcoming Bonsai Show, but there is lots more to do at the show, too. You can also watch demonstrations on how to start a bonsai tree. There will be a table where you can get advice on tending bonsai trees, and...
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Questions and answers about gardening: holey hostas and more

May 8, 2012
hosta leaves in Buffalo NY

I’m trying something new today. Let me know what you think. Occasionally readers contact me with specific gardening questions. Since I’m not an expert gardener, I often can’t answer the question myself, so I try to seek out someone who can. Did you know you can use the same resources I use when trying...
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