Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Lockwood’s last-minute gift ideas for a gardening friend– or yourself!

December 16, 2014
Gaultheria procumbens wintergreen at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some great last-minute gift ideas for gardeners from Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. They’re all plants that gardeners can enjoy in the house now for their flowers or berries, then plant outside in the spring and enjoy as perennials for years to come. Of course, you can...
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Clever perennial planter from spring still looking good into winter at Mischler’s

December 16, 2014
potted perennials in winter at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

We’ve had snow and cold, yet this perennial container that was planted up in the spring is still going strong. Mark Yadon of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, designed this creation called “Winter Green.” He planted it up as a demonstration at the Lewiston GardenFest in the third week of...
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Do you need to refrigerate daffodil, tulip bulbs before forcing them indoors?

December 16, 2014
daffodil at Buffalo Botanical Gardens by Connie Oswald Stofko

I got this question from reader Trudy Stern: “I have a daffodil question: Should I keep them in the deep freeze for awhile before I force them indoors in January or February? Tulips? Any special tips? I am looking forward to having some bulb beauty in my house throughout the winter.” I thought this...
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Enjoy your poinsettias for weeks or months with proper care; see new varieties at Mischler’s

December 9, 2014
sparkling punch & ice punch poinsettias at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can enjoy your poinsettia plant for weeks or even months if you care for it properly. “The main thing is don’t overwater them,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of  Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “They don’t need to be watered nearly as much as people...
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Illustrated guide to native plants for WNY available for free from Riverkeeper

December 2, 2014
Native-Plant-Guide from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are lots of reasons to use native plants in your garden. I like them because they’re low maintenance. Because they have adapted to our climate, they can survive hot, dry summers without me having to get out the hose. They can take cold, snowy winters without any fuss, too....
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For the record, it’s not winter yet in Western New York; let’s make the best of our weather

December 2, 2014
dandelion late November 2014 in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko It sure felt wintry in Western New York before Thanksgiving. When people ask me how much snow I got, I say: “Just 10 inches.” I emphasize the word “just.” In other years, 10 inches of snow before Thanksgiving might feel like a lot, but compared to the seven feet that...
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Last-minute autumn tasks for gardens in Western New York

November 18, 2014
watering garden in late autumn in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Everybody in Western New York is supposed to get some snow today, and some of us may get a lot of snow. The temperatures are bitter. Is your garden ready for winter? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, shares some last-minute autumn tasks for your...
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What do you need to do to get boxwood through the winter in Western New York?

November 18, 2014
boxwood by Karan A Rawlins U of Georgia bugwood.org

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got a question from a reader that I thought might interest a lot of people: “I planted three baby boxwood shrubs in my front flower bed this spring (in West Seneca/South Buffalo). They are still very small, but have started sprouting new growth and I’m concerned about the cold...
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Suburban sprawl isn’t taking habitat from deer; it’s creating havens for them

November 11, 2014
deer eating at Tift Farm in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re a gardener who has complained about deer eating your plants, you’ve probably had someone respond with “Well, the deer were here first.” But gardeners who have been in their house for a few decades insist they were there before the deer. They’re right. While many people think that...
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Control sunchokes by planting them in pots; I’ll share sunchokes with you

November 4, 2014
sunchokes in pot in Amherst NY

What’s not to like about sunchokes? They grow dramatically in one season, reaching heights of 10 feet. In September, when other plants are losing steam, sunchokes are just starting to flower. They add a lot of interest to your garden. Plus you can eat them! Find out more about sunchokes  (also called Jerusalem artichokes)...
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