Archive for October, 2012

Get professional garden design help like I did– free!

October 30, 2012
garden Amherst NY after makeover

We used to have a dog named Cookie who liked to sit out front and bark at pedestrians. Her favorite spot was the garden by the front porch steps. In the summer, she would dig down a bit to find some cool soil to nestle in. If it rained or even snowed, she would...
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Perennial for 2013 is ‘wildflower,’ says National Garden Bureau

October 30, 2012
Northeast native flowers from National Garden Bureau

2013 has been named the Year of the Wildflower by the National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry. Each year, the National Garden Bureau showcases a plant in each of three categories: vegetable/edible, annual and perennial. The showcased plants are supposed to be popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically...
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4 big tips for creating a garden with year-round interest

October 23, 2012
front view Guerico garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the Buffalo area, when we talk about creating year-round garden interest, what we really mean is: How do I make my garden look good in autumn and winter? From May to August, it’s easy to have beautiful landscaping, flowers and lots of color. All the garden walks are scheduled during...
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Miniature flower arrangements can yield big fun– get creative!

October 23, 2012
miniature floral design in clay from national garden clubs convention 2012

I was entranced when I saw the exhibit on miniature floral designs this spring at the National Garden Clubs convention held in Buffalo. Miniature arrangements are something anyone can do and you can be as creative as you like. In flower shows, a miniature flower arrangement can’t exceed five inches in any direction, and...
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Mum show and more autumn news & tips for Buffalo area

October 15, 2012
lava chrysanthemum in Buffalo

Chrysanthemum Show set at Botanical Gardens Mums are the emblematic flower of autumn, and the Chrysanthemum Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a Western New York tradition. It has been held annually for more than 105 years! The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday, October...
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Iris that’s new to Western New York may save you work– hear more

October 8, 2012
Twenty First Century spuria iris from Hedgecock

You’ve probably never heard of the spuria iris, but it may be a good alternative to the tall bearded iris– the spuria iris doesn’t need to be moved every few years. If you want to avoid heavy digging, this might be a good choice for you. Learn more about this plant when the Western...
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Is there a purpose to fall leaf color? Plus read more tips too good to miss

October 8, 2012
Autumn Reflections 1 in Western New York

Is there a purpose to fall leaf color? The crimson color of autumn leaves is astonishingly beautiful, but it may serve a purpose for the tree, too, according to Leaflets, an online newsletter produced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The red and violet colors in leaves come from a group of...
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Today’s video demonstration: Make a larger & more complex fall planter

October 2, 2012
fall planter in barrel in Amherst NY

Last week Colleen Morrissey of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses showed us how to make a super simple fall planter as well as a hanging fall planter in nontraditional colors. Today she demonstrates a more complex project: how to plant a very large container garden using a whiskey barrel planter. Morrissey packs in a large...
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Master Gardener classes set; people from any county may attend

October 2, 2012
Photo by Sarah Williams.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Niagara County is offering the Master Gardener Training Program this fall, with the first class scheduled for  Saturday, October 27. People from any county may attend and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. These classes provide participants with basic training in a variety of horticultural subjects using class...
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Keep deer, rabbits & mice away, plus more items too good to miss

October 2, 2012
deer in Western New York from Donna Brok

Keep deer, rabbits, squirrels and mice away with Bounce dryer sheets Use Bounce dryer sheets to keep deer away, says Bob Bracikowski of Opportunities Unlimited in Niagara, who showed us recently how to create a succulent garden. In the vegetable garden at Opportunities Unlimited, everything was being eaten, week after week. “During my lunch...
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