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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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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20 ideas for Mother’s Day in Western New York

May 5, 2015
Monet flower arrangement from Mischler's

by Connie Oswald Stofko Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 10, and you want something that will make your mother smile. Since no two mothers are the same, we’ve come up with a long list of ideas– I counted 20– for things that might please Mom on her special day. There are...
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Moonflower opens before your eyes; it’s a new offering at Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale

April 14, 2015
ScabiosaBabyBlue from Ivy Garth

by Connie Oswald Stofko The moonflower (Oenothera acaulis, also known as a mountain dandelion) is an amazing plant. The light yellow flowers open in the evening, and they open so fast you can watch it happen in real time. “They open before your very eyes like time-lapse photography,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and...
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17 reminders for your early spring garden in Western New York

April 14, 2015
cut dead perennials in spring in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko As I sat outside yesterday in shorts and bare feet, it felt as if summer was here to stay. But that’s how it feels every spring in Western New York, and every year our spring weather takes us on a roller coaster ride. The high was in the 70s yesterday, yet you know we’re...
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Tips for planting an unused space: the ‘hellstrip’ between street & sidewalk

April 7, 2015
hellstrip with flowers in Buffalo NY view from sidewalk

by Connie Oswald Stofko People call it the “hellstrip.” It’s that section between the sidewalk and street where people generally grow nothing but grass. It’s where the plows deposit the heavy, salty snow from the street. Garbage cans get tossed there. Dogs do their business there. What in the world could you grow there?...
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Get a bulb garden at Mischler’s to enjoy a taste of spring

March 30, 2015
bulb gardens from Mischler's in Williamsville

Yes, the calendar says it’s spring, but it might not feel much like spring in your garden. Even if you have daffodils and hyacinths poking up in your beds, there probably aren’t any blooms to pick and bring inside. Get a taste of springtime with an indoor bulb garden. They’re available at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses,...
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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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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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Get tips from history to deal with a combination of dry and wet conditions in your garden

September 23, 2014
herb garden at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

by Connie Oswald Stofko A combination of gardening problems faces Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, the 35-acre historical interpretive center in Amherst that showcases 19th century buildings set up like a village. Much of the landscape is boggy, so gardens can be wet early in the season. In addition, there’s no irrigation system, and hoses...
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