Perennials

Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

April 1, 2014
Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other years you might have been able to work the soil and plant some cool-weather annuals in your flower beds at the beginning of April, but not this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “It’s  crazy,” he said.”It’s been...
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April 1 is deadline to pre-order in Botanical Gardens Great Plant Sale

March 3, 2014
April 1 is deadline to pre-order in Botanical Gardens Great Plant Sale

Tuesday, April 1 is the pre-order deadline for the Great Plant Sale taking place at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. All pre-orders placed for the Great Plant Sale can be picked up at the sale Saturday and Sunday,  May 17 and 18. Order online by clicking here,...
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Indoor gardening: Create a container of succulents during WNY winter

January 28, 2014
Indoor gardening: Create a container of succulents during WNY winter

I know most of you are dreaming of spring right now. You can’t wait to get outside and arrange perennials in a garden bed or mix annuals in a container. Don’t just pout and wait for spring. Here’s a gardening project you can do right now: Create a container garden of succulents that you...
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Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

November 12, 2013
Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

I got this question from a reader: I bought some perennials that I didn’t get a chance to plant: leopard’s bane, hardy aster, cone flowers and Munstead lavender.   It has already frosted once I believe. Is it to late too plant outside? If so, can I store them indoors in the same containers...
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Learn the story of hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ from world-renowned hosta hybridizer

November 7, 2013
Learn the story of hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ from world-renowned hosta hybridizer

How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens...
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Want an indoor flowering plant that’s really different? Grow tea!

November 5, 2013
Want an indoor flowering plant that’s really different? Grow tea!

If you want a really different kind of plant to grow indoors this fall and winter, grow tea. Yes, tea. The stuff you steep in hot water and drink. You can buy Sochi tea, a tea plant from the Sochi area of Russia, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Our climate is almost,...
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Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

October 22, 2013
Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

Here’s a question from a reader: I bought a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree in the fall of 2012. I pruned it a tiny bit as my goal is to have it grow taller. They say to prune it in late fall or late winter. This year I had a ton of big, heavy blooms,...
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Grow rose bush from wedding bouquet– or use any roses you get from the florist

October 15, 2013
Grow rose bush from wedding bouquet–  or use any roses you get from the florist

A reader came across the story we did awhile back on starting plants from cuttings and left a question in the comments section. “How do I root roses from the florist?” asked Tina Strength. “How do I start them rooting and growing?” This question intrigued me. It never even occurred to me that you...
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Add interest to your WNY garden with a roller coaster effect

October 1, 2013
Add interest to your WNY garden with a roller coaster effect

Here’s a tip for designing a new perennial bed. You can use this tip now– Fall is a great time to plant  perennials and start a new garden in Western New York. There’s still plenty of time for the plants to set roots. We all know one general design rule is to place taller...
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Watch local cooking challenge & learn to cook with native plants

September 3, 2013
Watch local cooking challenge & learn to cook with native plants

Sumac, a native plant, is pretty this time of year with its large red, cone-shaped flowers. You can see these small trees in parks or in the wild, and they make a great landscape plant. But did you know sumac is edible? There are quite a few native plants you might want to start...
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