Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Gardens bounced back from Snowvember Storm in time for South Buffalo Alive

July 28, 2015
front garden on South Buffao Alive

by Connie Oswald Stofko I heard something on South Buffalo Alive that I’ve never heard from a gardener on a garden walk before. “Right now everything is just about perfect,” Peter Clancy said as he surveyed his yard at 39 Edgewood, Buffalo, on July 19. Often gardeners will tell me about the spectacular flowers...
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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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Lighting gives yards ambiance during Night Lights in Ken-Ton

July 21, 2015
side garden on Ken-Ton night

by Connie Oswald Stofko Jim Aichinger and Tim Kuntz’s gardens are lovely during the day. “But when the lights come on, oh, it’s wonderful back here,” said Kuntz. They shared their Cornwall Avenue landscape during the Night Lights portion of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. The daytime...
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Containers decorated by gardener add charm to Lockport yard

July 21, 2015
wooden box holds annuals in Lockport

by Connie Oswald Stofko The gardens of Pat Arnold are filled with many flowers, including 30 rose bushes, but if you pause to look more closely, you’ll notice other elements that add to the gardens’ beauty. You might call it Buffalo-style garden art, or you might dub it upcycling. “It’s artwork I do from...
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Wet weather brings mildew, blight to Western New York gardens

July 14, 2015
hose reflected in puddle by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The wetness we had early in the season has caused disease issues that will show up the rest of the season,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. These issues include mildew and blight. How you handle it depends on the particular plant that is...
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Feel transported across the world in backyard tea garden in Lancaster

July 14, 2015
tea house in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Everyone comes to see the back,” said Rich Groblewski as he gave me a tour last week of his landscape at 14 Lombardy St., Lancaster. It seems like a nice suburban yard with a new arbor (the old one was crushed under seven feet of snow in the Snowvember storm),...
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Gardener has more than 300 varieties of plants in small Snyder yard

July 7, 2015
window box in Snyder NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Dick Herr has a way with plants. He had a yucca plant in his garden, but dug it out 35 years ago. Last year– surprise!– it came back. Now it’s taller than ever and was in full bloom when I visited last week. You can see his gardens at 180...
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New owner tries to preserve history of the home’s landscape in Williamsville

June 30, 2015
New owner tries to preserve history of the home’s landscape in Williamsville

by Connie Oswald Stofko Rather than just rip out the overgrown jungle that she found in her yard when she moved into her home six years ago, Jennifer Matyjasik is trying to preserve the history of the 1930s house and honor the avid gardener who once lived there. Her neighbors told her that the...
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Tea plants are back; get other unusual fruit, nut & berry plants at Lockwood’s

June 30, 2015
sochi tea plant from One Green World

When we first told you about Sochi tea plants— the kind of plants you can use to make a cup of tea– they were so popular, they sold out. Well, Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, has them back in stock. You can keep these plants outside in the summer, but bring them inside...
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Help a reader: How can you keep squirrels from eating your tomatoes?

June 29, 2015
squirrel eating on roof

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below. Does anyone have suggestions for deterring squirrels? Every year my friendly neighborhood squirrel gets in my garden eats my tomatoes. He even actually...
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