It’s time for pansies! Yes, you can plant them outside now

March 29, 2016
pansies at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Pansies in blues, purples, yellows and oranges are displayed on long tables outside Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The exciting word in that sentence is “outside.” “When we put them out (on display), we’re confident that they’re ready to be out, and to stay out,” said...
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Enjoy a short drive to the country to get specialty services at Waterman’s Greenhouse

March 8, 2016
Waterman's Greenhouse in Springville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Sometimes when you’re shopping for hanging baskets or other containers of annuals, you wish you could swap out the plant combinations. The basket in front of you would be your favorite, if only it had that pretty grass that’s in the basket across the way. And this other basket is...
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Get free sunchokes & plant them now; tell us how they grew for you

October 20, 2015
flowers on sunchoke in Amherst NY 2013

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s the time of year to harvest sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, and for me to share them with local gardeners. I’ll give you some for free, but there’s one catch. You have to pick them up or get someone you know to pick them up. I don’t want...
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You can still plant perennials & annuals– and there are sales!

July 21, 2015
begonia Whopper at Mischler's in Williamsville

by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot of gardeners seem to view Memorial Day weekend as a deadline. They think that all of their planting has to be done by then. Not true! “There is still lots of time to enjoy flowers,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest...
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Get tips on going big from this West Seneca garden

June 16, 2015
Jerry Powarski in his garden in West Seneca

by Connie Oswald Stofko Go big. That’s the lesson I took away from the gardens of Jerry Powarski of George Dr., West Seneca. Powarski gave me a sneak peek last week as a preview of the West Seneca Tour of Gardens, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,...
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8 reasons why the Botanical Gardens uses coleus– & why you should, too

June 9, 2015
coleus Kingswood Torch at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Coleus doesn’t get showy flowers, yet it’s the featured plant in the Celebration of Coleus and Color show that starts Saturday, June 13 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Even without an emphasis on flowers, this exhibit is a favorite among some visitors...
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7 unusual uses for easy-to-grow herbs; you can plant them all summer

June 2, 2015
rue at Mike Weber Greenhouses in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Everybody knows you can use herbs to season your food, but there are many other uses for these wonderful plants, said Jen Weber, retail manager at Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Rd., West Seneca. Today we’ll talk about just a few of the 90 varieties of herbs grown by Mike...
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Invest in plant tags, plus three more tips for shopping & planting

May 19, 2015
hanging baskets at Lockwoods in Hamburg by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko Spring is so unpredictable in Western New York. In early May, we had temperatures in the 80s, and it was tempting to get our tender annuals and vegetables in our garden beds. But last week we had frost warnings. That’s why it’s a good idea to follow the rule of...
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Shade gardeners: new ‘Bounce’ may be good alternative to impatiens

May 12, 2015
Impatiens Bounce courtesy Ball Horticultural

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gardeners who are looking for colorful flowers for the shade have a promising alternative to impatiens called ‘Bounce’. A few years ago, downy mildew began killing impatiens walleriana, the regular old impatiens that shade gardeners depended on for decades. Ever since then, gardeners have been looking for alternatives. See some...
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Get unusual plants from collection at Botanical Gardens; sale opens Saturday to public

May 12, 2015
false eranthemum from Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Some unusual plants from the collection of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be included in the Great Plant Sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 in the Administration Building, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission is...
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