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Please enjoy these garden and nature photos from our readers. If you would like to share a photo of your garden or another garden in Western New York, attach it to an e-mail and send it to me at Connie@Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. Please include some information about what we see in the photo to help me as I write the caption.

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gardeners at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park NY

South Towns Gardeners landscaped and planted a garden around the flag pole at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. The site offers a splendid overlook of Western New York. Members clocked in 68 hours creating this low-maintenance garden just to the left of the casino. The garden is a result of a partnership between the Erie County Parks Department, Chestnut Ridge Conservancy and South Towns Gardeners. Photo Courtesy South Towns Gardeners.

mural in Mary O'Connor yard in Buffalo NY

A beautiful mural takes center stage in the yard of Mary O’Connor of Buffalo. “The mural was designed and painted by my cousin Colleen Bartz, an artist from Eden,” Mary said. “Colleen tried to incorporate my love of gardening, bonsai trees and my koi pond in the design, which covers the back wall of my garage. The stone lantern in the center of the mural was created around an existing glass block window which is lit up at night from inside the garage.” Photo by Mary O’Connor

pond and rock garden from Vicki Lang in Lancaster NY

Vicki and John Lang of Lancaster, NY, sent us this shot July 17, 2014 of the tranquil pond and rock garden they have in their back yard.

red dahlia flower from Martha Falsone of Williamsville NY

Martha Falsone of Williamsville sent this photo July 22, 2014, of her red dahlia. “I have been growing dahlias for many years,” she wrote. “I love to share tubers with my relatives and friends. This plant has other flowers and one Siamese twin in the center. I wish there was a way to preserve it.”

Trudy Stern backyard in Western New York

Trudy Stern’s yard in North Buffalo features an arched trellis and colorful flowers.

still life of gardening gloves and tools from Trudy Stern in Western New York

Trudy Stern captured a still life from her gardening gloves and tools.

Orchard Park NY Garden Club planting boxes

Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club planted flowers in the planter boxes that are distributed throughout the Village of Orchard Park. They planted 106 hanging baskets and 50 planter boxes. Photo posted May 29, 2014

Youngstown Garden Club members preparing for 2014 sale

From left, Carolyn Payton, Marge McCollum and Diana Newton prepare bird seed wreaths to be sold at the Youngstown Garden Club’s annual plant sale and garden market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Jaguar at the Bistro (formerly Bistro at the Old Fort Inn), 110 Main St., Youngstown, near the entrance to Fort Niagara State Park. The sale is being held in conjunction with the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens. Included in the sale will be perennials from Youngstown Garden Club member’s gardens, container gardens, annuals, hanging baskets and other garden related items. This garden market is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary for this sale.

orchid in Bronx, NYC 2013 by Marciano

Tracy A. Marciano, who lived in New York City for many years before returning to Buffalo, took this close-up of a pink orchid at the New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show in April 2013. Posted March 6, 2014.

Rain Forest house at  NY Botanical Gardens by Marciano

These water plants were photographed by Tracy A. Marciano in the rain forest area of the New York Botanical Gardens in April 2012. Posted March 6, 2014.

orchids in NY Botanial Gardens by Tracy A. Marciano

Tracy A. Marciano of Buffalo captured this photo of white orchids at the New York Botanical Gardens orchid show in 2012. Famed botanist Patrick Blanc created a spectacular “vertical orchid garden” that year. Posted March 9, 2014.

 

Night Lights 2014 by Tracy A. Marciano

“I just moved back to Buffalo last month after living in New York City for many years,” said Tracy A. Marciano. “The images from the Buffalo Botanical Gardens Night Lights were taken on Thursday, February 13, 2014 while I was there with my Mom.” Check out her other two images below. Posted March 9, 2014.

Succulent during Night Lights by Tracy A. Marciano

Tracy A. Marciano captured this enigmatic image of a succulent during Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in 2014. Posted March 9, 2014.

Even the outside of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens looked beautiful during Night Lights. Photo by Tracy A. Marciano. Posted March 9, 2014

Even the outside of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens looked beautiful during Night Lights. Photo by Tracy A. Marciano. Posted March 9, 2014

Marcia Becker and Joan Sutton of Orchard Park Garden Club

Joan Sutton, right, new president of the Orchard Park Garden Club, is congratulated by Marcia Becker, a member of the club and first assistant director of the 8th District, Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. The installation of officers took place Feb. 6, 2014 at the Columns Banquet Facility.

Bev Walsh and Joan Sutton of Orchard Park Garden Club

Bev Walsh. left, outgoing president of the Orchard Park Garden Club, congratulates new president Joan Sutton. Posted Feb. 16, 2014

single frozen sphere with light in Youngstown NY

Garda O’Keefe made the frozen spheres we described in an article and enjoyed them even when a thaw created holes in them. “Mine froze, melted, froze to make delicate candle holders for the deck. Beautiful at night!” See the photo below to get the full effect.

lighted ice spheres from Garda O'Keefe in Youngstown NY

What a spectacular sight! Garda O’Keefe of Youngstown arranged frozen ice spheres and pottery on her deck. When the spheres developed holes after a thaw, she inserted candles for this stunning look.

ice ball arrangement in Clarence NY

Maxine Osiewicz took advantage of the recent bitter cold temperatures to make an arrangement of frozen spheres for her garden. She snapped a quick photo before they started melting. Get the instructions on how to make these frozen spheres here. Posted Jan. 11, 2014.

"My amaryllis was supposed to bloom just before Christmas according to the directions and when I planted the bulb," said Patty of Getzville. "It came a little late, but seeing these beautiful blooms just after the January Storm proves it was worth the wait!"

“My amaryllis was supposed to bloom just before Christmas according to the directions and when I planted the bulb,” said Patty of Getzville. “It came a little late, but seeing these beautiful blooms just after the January Storm proves it was worth the wait!”

Here's a second view of Patty's amaryllis. Posted Jan. 10, 2014.

Here’s a second view of Patty’s amaryllis. Posted Jan. 10, 2014.

sunnier shot of owl in tree by Glenn Krisher of Youngstown NY

Glenn Krisher of Youngstown had earlier sent us a photo of an owl that he spotted in a tree at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. He took this photo on a sunnier day. “While snow shoeing at Fort Niagara, I checked his tree and there he was enjoying some sun. It was 10 (degrees Fahrenheit) out, but sun made it seem warmer.” Posted Feb. 10, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

owl in tree from Glenn Krisher in Youngstown NY

Look closely to see the owl tucked away in the round hollow located high up in this tree at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstownm NY. Glenn Krisher said, “I tried for some time to get a picture of this owl. Every time he saw me he went back into the tree. Finally I was able to snap this quick shot. Have been back several times but he seems to be gone now.” Posted Jan. 7, 2014.

First place door decoration in Orchard Park NY

Mary Fran Lovelace won first place in the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door
Contest. Entries were judged on their use of fresh and/or dried plant material, taking various
aspects into consideration. The garden club says that there was a heavy snowstorm the night before the judging, so the pictures do not do justice to the entries
this year. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Plant Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 17,
2014.The second- and third-place winners are below. Posted Jan. 2, 2014.

Second place in holiday decorations in Orchard Park NY

Audrey Ramage won second place in the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door Contest.

Third place in holiday door decorating in Orchard Park NY


Mary Ann Agnello won third place the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door Contest.

 

Roses covered in frost in WNY

Patty Brandel of Getzville sent in this great photo compilation, saying, “I thought you might like to see these beautiful roses that were frozen in time in my yard early this morning!” While that frost on the ground had many gardeners groaning over what they might have lost in the cold, Patty went outside with her camera and captured this spectacular sight. I’m glad she shared these icy images with us. Posted Nov. 4, 2013

 

caterpillars of Euchaetes egle moth from Ann Detzler

“This milkweed plant has been between my patio bricks and the house for several years,” said Ann Detzler. “This is the first time for these creatures!” She says they are the caterpillars of the Euchaetes egle moth.

 

Fred Safford of Lockwood's Greenhouses in Hamburg with bird perched on his finger

A baby robin had been hanging around the front walkway of Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg, testing his wings. Fred Safford, who is in charge of trees and shrubs at Lockwood’s, was in one of the business’s golf carts when the bird decided to hop aboard. It then perched on Fred’s finger, as if awaiting instructions for further flight. Matthew Evans, a Lockwoods customer with quick reflexes, captured this amazing shot on July 13, 2013.

Orchard Park Garden Club awards for hats with flowers

Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club decorated their hats with flowers for their picnic on July 11, 2013, at Chestnut Ridge Park. Those with the best decorated hats are, from left, Sue Schaller, Lolly Hassett and Joan Sutton, chair of the picnic. They were each awarded an African violet for their efforts.

Orchard Park Garden Club past presidents at picnic 2013

The Orchard Park Garden Club held a Past Presidents Picnic at Chestnut Ridge Park on July 11, 2013. Past presidents from left are Beverly Walsh, Alice Holmes, Monica Hansen, Mary Ann Talty, Maureen Davern, Lolly Hassett and Lois Fleck. They wore hats they decorated with flowers.

 

Tequila rose in Cheektowaga NY

This gorgeous Tequila rose is one the many varieties of rose in the gardens of Chet Okonczak in Cheektowaga. The photo was taken June 15, 2013.

Chet Okonczak shared his garden with us in May, and there was lots to see. Here's a shot three weeks later, taken June 15, 2013. The perennials beds are coming into their prime. His Cheektowaga garden is clustered with the Lancaster gardens on the Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival.

Chet Okonczak shared his garden with us in an article published May 28, 2013. Here’s a shot taken three weeks later on June 15, 2013, which shows the perennials beds coming into their prime. You can see his Cheektowaga garden on the Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival. His garden is clustered with the Lancaster gardens.

magnolia in Amherst NY by Lois Shriver

Lois Shriver, chairman of the Arboretum Committee and chairman of the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council, shared her photo of a snowflake magnolia tree that is just beginning to bloom in the Arboretum in Amherst State Park. This photo of the first blossom was taken Friday, April 26, 2013.

 

 

naturalized daffodils at Arboretum in Amherst NY

Naturalized daffodils cover a slope on April 26, 2013, at the Arboretum at Amherst State Park in Amherst. This photo is from Lois Shriver.

Plantasia Volunteers 2013

Members from the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club volunteered at Plantasia. This photo was sent in by Sue Dueker.

stained glass logo for Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club has a new logo, seen here reproduced in stained glass.This photo was sent in by Sue Dueker.

Karen Synor sent me this photo of her amaryllis in bloom. "Snow is closing things down all around Buffalo-Niagara," she said, but an  inexpensive  amaryllis "is lifting our spirits!"

Karen Synor sent me this photo of her amaryllis in bloom on Jan. 22, 2013. “Snow is closing things down all around Buffalo-Niagara,” she said, but an inexpensive amaryllis “is lifting our spirits!”

GLENN KRISHER photo of snow in Youngstown NY 1

We finally got some snow in Western New and Glenn Krisher captured its beauty in these photos at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. This picture uses simple lines and shades of blue and gray.

Glenn Krisher snowy photo in Youngstown NY

The fluffy snow makes an appealing sight in this photo taken on Dec. 27, 2012 by Glenn Krisher in Youngstown, NY.

Glenn Krisher photo in Youngstown NY

A squirrel is perched high in a tree in this photo by Glenn Krisher.

Japanese maple 1 in autumn in Youngstown NY

“Today is one of the gloomier days, but I took these photos of our Japanese maples to lift my spirits up,” said Jamie Pabilonia of Youngstown. These three pictures were taken on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy was heading our way. Your garden can be interesting even on a rainy day in autumn if you choose the right plants.

 

maples in autumn landscape in Youngstown NY

What a view! These maples in the yard of Jamie Pabilonia in Youngstown radiate color and brightness on even the gloomiest day.

Japanese maple 2 in fall in Youngstown NY

Some varieties of Japanese maples are bushes rather than trees. Doesn’t this add a great pop of color in a garden along the house? Jamie Pabilonia has ten varieties of Japanese maple in his garden.

 

Anne Gareis side garden 2 in Buffalo NY

Anne Gareis shares two photos taken in different years of the same garden bed. ”They are both my side garden,” she said. ”I love how the personality changes
from year to year and season to season.” See the other photo below.

Anne Gareis side garden 1 in Buffalo NY

Here is another view of Anne Gareis’s amazing backyard garden. This is just part of her garden on a fairly small city lot. She has a great grassless front yard, too.

Pulinski autumn clematis on fence in West Seneca

Here are three photos of the pretty fall garden of Sharon and Dave Pulinski in West Seneca. The autumn clematis drapes along the fence, providing an elegant background to other flowers.

Pulinski autumn clematis on fence in West Seneca 2

Here’s another view of the Pulinskis’ clematis in West Seneca.

 

Pulinski marigolds in West Seneca NY

Jester marigolds pop out of the foliage and add brightness to the garden of Sharon and Dave Pulinski in West Seneca.

ivy with flowers Depew NY

Ann Detzler sent us these two photos of ivy that is doing something unusal— It’s flowering. The ivy is in the yard of her niece, Laurie Galasso, in Depew. Galasso said she bought the plant about 15 years and for 10 years did nothing extraordinary. Then about five years ago it flowered and has been flowering every year since.  “I don’t know why and I don’t know how,” Galasso said. “I thought it was just an English ivy.” She adds that the bees love it.

ivy with flowers 2 Depew NY

Here’s another view of Laurie Galasso’s flowering ivy.

dragon fly at night in Kenmore NY from the Schwabs

Kathi and Craig Schwab sent us pictures that they took of their garden during this year’s Ken-Ton Garden Tour in July. The first shows a view from their garden during the nighttime portion of the walk, and below is a view from during the day. “Once again, Ken-Ton’s garden tour was a success and we got such great feedback on the Saturday Night Lights,” Kathi said. “This was our second year for the night lights tour and we had 25 gardens registered for it. We had close to 70 gardens for the daytime tour.”

dragon fly during day in Kenmore NY from the Schwabs

Here is a view of the Schwabs’ Kenmore garden taken during the day.

flowers on Riverside Garden Walk Buffalo NY

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga sent us several photos she took on the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 4. It was a blazing 97 degrees that day, and after walking to 10 houses, she ended up taking the car to take advantage of the air conditioning. This photo was taken in the yard of her friend Marcella in Riverside, whose garden was on both the day and nighttime walks. “Everytime we go on the walk, we are amazed on how many beautiful gardens there are in the city,” Tina wrote. “People take advantage on every bit of property they have and utilize it well.”

fairy garden on Riverside Garden Walk in Buffalo NY

Here’s a closeup of the fairy garden of Tina Schlau’s friend Marcella taken during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens.

Michelle Schmitt's backyard in Buffalo NY

This photo was taken by Tina Schlau in Michelle Schmitt’s beautiful backyard on August 4.

Argus Street garden on Riverside garden walk

Tina Schlau took this photo of a pond on Argus Street in Buffalo during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 4.

Argus Street in Buffalo NY

Here is another view of the Argus Street backyard taken by Tina Schlau.

garden 1 on Tim Tam Terrace in West Seneca NY

Mary Anne Bach sent us these four photos. “These are pictures of part of my backyard at 52 Tim Tam Terrace, West Seneca, NY 14224. I participated in the first annual West Seneca Garden Walk (on July 21 and 22), and it was a big success. We hope to involve more gardens next year, but everyone that participated loved it. We shared gardening tips and ideas, and even a few plants. Can’t wait til next year!” She is also participating in the West Seneca in Bloom contest, sponsored by the Burchfield Nature & Art Center. “Last year I placed second,” she said. “This year my sites are set are first!” Winners will be announced Aug. 5. For more information, go to BurchfieldNAC.org.

garden 2 on Tim Tam Terrace in West Seneca NY

Another view of Mary Anne Bach’s pond and home in West Seneca.

garden 3 on Tim Tam Terrace in West Seneca NY

A curving path leads from shady to sunny areas in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.

garden 4 on Tim Tam Terrace in West Seneca NY

A garden bed adds interest to the pool area in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.

2012 pool filter flowers in Cheektowaga NY

Cathy Sauer of 84 Penwood Drive, Cheektowaga, NY, sent us these two photos of the clever way her family recycled an old pool filter into a strawberry pot. “I mildly suggested that my husband please put the old pool filter in the trash,” she wrote. “He suggested that I plant flowers in it. I think he meant in the opening in the top. Well, he and my son drilled 48 holes. Six weeks later the imaptiens swallowed the filter.” See the final product below.

2012 pool filter flowers in bloom in Cheektowaga NY

Here the impatiens have filled in and make a lush display in the garden of Cathy Sauer in Cheektowaga.

lettuce garden from Alberta Sulik in West Seneca NY

In May we gave you the idea for the “lettuce bowl” container garden. Alberta Sulik of West Seneca used the idea in her own garden, adding garden decorations she makes herself. “I picked the lettuce and it was very good,” she said. “Some of it started to grow back already after a few weeks since being picked.” Posted July 4, 2012

Pat Kluczynski container plants in Buffalo NY area

Pat Kluczynski wrote that her garden club, Town & Country, toured Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses. Afterward they created their own container or hanging basket. Hers is looking great by her patio. Posted June 29, 2012.

 

Judy Garland rose from Chet Okonczak in Cheektowaga

Chet Okonczak from Cheektowaga sent us this photo of his floribunda rose ‘Judy Garland’ showing the color transitions during the flower’s life span. Very cool!

Pat Kluczynski garden in Buffalo NY area

Pat Kluczynski shared this shot of her garden beds on a half-acre lot. “It’s mostly a fun sun garden,” she said.

cupboard with plants in Youngstown NY

The Youngstown Garden Club came up with some creative ways to advertise their upcoming plant sale. This blooming cupboard is at the Village Center. They also use a kitchen sink as a container garden in a display on Main Street. Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Bistro Restaurant at the Old Fort Inn, 110 Main Street, Youngstown. There will also be a plant sale for the general public and botanical craft demonstrations by members of the Youngstown Garden Club. No ticket is required.

Rhonda Goldfuss garden in Lockport NY

Rhonda Goldfuss of Lockport, a Master Gardener, shared two photos. “These are photos of gardens leading to my backyard. My husband had built me a copper arbor for which I have a Jackmanii clematis growing as well as a Henryii clematis. There is a Bloodgood Japanese Maple on the right and a gold and green thread cypress as well. The James McFarland lilac is in bloom and just beyond it is a Rose of Sharon and some heuchera and hosta. On the left side in the first photo, there are perennial Lady’s Mantel, Cranesbill Geranium, Cranberry Viburnum, Hosta, Azalea and a Dwarf Alberta Spruce which is more clearly seen the second photo.”

Rhonda Goldfuss off the garden path blog

This is the second view of Rhonda Goldfuss’s gardens. You can visit her blog at offthegardenpath.com.

 

watering can on door in Clarence NY

Maxine Osiewicz of Clarence sent us these photos. “Here’s the watering can decoration I made for the front door,” she wrote. “I got the idea from the Better Homes & Gardens web site. The twigs are live branches from a dappled willow and a japonica.”

watering can closeup in Clarence NY

Notice the dyed egg shells, which Maxine Osiewicz added for color.

“I took these pictures on Sunday at the Botanical Gardens orchid show,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga. “What a great turn out. They had some very unusual orchids.” You can see more of her photos below. Posted Feb. 28.

orchid 2 Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY, photographed this orchid at the show that took place at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Feb. 25 and 26.

orchid 3 Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY, photographed this orchid in February 2012.

orchid 4 Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga NY

Orchid from Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY.

blooming holly from Karen Pfahler in Western New York

Karen Pfahler writes: “For the last two years I have cut and brought in holly for the house arrangements and by the time we celebrated the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7 they bloomed!” That’s such a delicate flower.

entrance to the trading post Olde French castle Fort Niagara

The Youngstown Garden Club created Christmas decorations for Old Fort Niagara, a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. This is the entrance to the trading post in the building called the French Castle. These photos were sent to me by Garda OKeefe of the Youngstown Garden Club.

great hall garland by Youngstown NY Garden Club

The Youngstown Garden Club festoons Old Fort Niagara with greens and garland. “They’re handmade on site every year on a cold winter morning,” said Garda OKeefe of the Youngstown Garden Club. “It is a wonderful sight to see!” Here is a garland in the Great Hall.

fireplace decorated by Youngstown NY Garden Club at Old Fort Niagara

This fireplace at Old Fort Niagara looks festive with decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club.

Johnson Room dining hall decorated by Youngstown NY Garden Club

The Johnson Room dining hall is decorated for Christmas by the Youngstown Garden Club. These photos are from 2011.

mantle in the boulangerie by Youngstown NY Garden Club

The mantle in the boulangerie, or bakery, at Old Fort Niagara, was decorated by the Youngstown Garden Club.

mantle detail by Youngstown NY Garden Club

Here is a detail of a mantle decoration created by the Youngstown Garden Club for Old Fort Niagara.

daisy in November in Buffalo NY area

Linda writes: “This daisy photo was taken on Nov. 1, 2011. A lovely late surprise.”

pink yarrow from Maria Gleason in Niagara Falls NY

After seeing Carrie Hoffman’s photo (below), which was taken after Thanksgiving, “I decided to take a stroll around my garden to see what I could find,” said Maria Gleason of Niagara Falls. “Almost everything was done blooming except my pink yarrow!” This photo was taken on Dec. 13. “It sure has been a beautiful fall for us gardeners!” she adds.

Carrie Hoffman flower blooming in December Cheektowaga NY

Our long and warm autumn meant that many of us were able to enjoy blossoms in our gardens even past Thanksgiving. Carrie Hoffman of Cheektowaga captured this photo of a flower budding on Dec. 2. It has since bloomed, and our recent snow meant the end of flowers on that plant. Carrie also spotted a rose budding in mid-November, but it never fully opened.

Tina Schlau orchid photo in December 2011

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga shared this stunning photo of an orchid.

orchid from Tina Schlau

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga shares a photo of one of the orchids she purchased this spring at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. “I have three different ones that are blooming right now,” she said. “It is so nice to have some flowers blooming in the house, since there are so few blooming outside right now.”

African violets from Tina Schlau

“I can’t believe my African violets are still so happy,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga on Nov. 9, 2011.

orchid in Buffalo NY

No, that’s not a tiny bird peeking out of a nest. It’s an orchid! Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga took this photo of Paph. Spicerianum at the 2011 spring Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

toad lily in Cheektowaga NY

Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga grew this toad lily in her garden this summer. “I tend to gravitate to the different plants,” she said.

grapes

It’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labor! “My grapes this year were plentiful and sweet; great jam and wine,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga.

St Johns Wort in Cheektowaga NY

“This is from my St.John’s Wort plant,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga. “It is such a different looking flower.”

bee on flower in Amherst NY

A bee is silhouetted against the star-shaped center of a hibiscus flower as it looks for food in this photo from Ann M. Bednarek of Amherst. “It’s amazing how hard these little insects work,” Bednarek said.

ant on flower in Amherst NY

An ant makes its way across the vast expanse of petals of a hibiscus flower in the garden of Ann M. Bednarek in Amherst.

Ann M. Bednarek of Amherst captured this cool shot of this spider on its web while she and her husband were enjoying a bonfire in the yard Oct. 9.

 

clematis on trellis in Clarence NY

This clematis is lush and full on the trellis in this September 2011 photo taken by Maxine Osiewicz in Clarence.

 

yard of the week in Youngstown, NY

Congratulations to the latest Yard of the Week winner in Youngstown. Ann Davis has a small, manicured yard in front of her pretty home and she creates a lovely welcome with beautiful hanging baskets and gorgeous containers on the porch.

Youngstown NY Yard of the Week Stanisz

In Youngstown, the Garden Club teams up with the village to give special recognition to residents who display a welcoming and attractive front yard. This week’s selection is the teamwork of Kevin and Dawn Stanisz. He says he does the landscaping and she does the gardening. Speaking of teams, their garden also displays their support for Dawn’s Yankees and Kevin’s Raiders. Way to go!

Youngstown Yard of the Week -- Vanone

The Vanones are the most recent winners of the Yard of the Week Award from the Youngstown Garden Club. Their pretty front yard calls, “Welcome!” to their friends and neighbors in Youngstown. Stacked stone and lake rocks edge the gardens leading right up to a shady seat on the front porch.

water lilies in East Amherst NY

A spider web sparkles among the water lilies in the pond of Maxine Osiewicz of East Amherst.

Lotz garden Youngstown Yard of the Week

Paul Lotz says he buys the plants, but his wife makes the garden beautiful! It was named Yard of the Week by the Youngstown Garden Club. While so many gardens are fading in the heat, this one is shining in the sun!

Judy Lewis Yard of the Week in Youngstown

Judy Lewis loves working in her garden, a bright spot in her pretty Youngstown neighborhood. She was the winner of the Youngstown Yard of the Week award for the week of Aug. 5.

 

Mike Barrie's snake plant

My son-in-law, Mike Barrie, sent me a photo of the snake plant I gave him a few years ago. It’s doing much better under his care than it ever did when I had it, and it is even blossoming. You can see a close-up of the flower at right.

Mike Barrie snake plant blossom

Here’s a close-up of the flower on Mike Barrie’s snake plant.

Youngstown Garden of Week Wisinski

Mayor Neil Riordan announced the YoungstownYard of the Week at the Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 29. Congratulations goes out to theWisinski Family!

Youngstown Yard of the Week

Julie Jericitano was a winner of the Youngstown Yard of the Week in July. Everything in her pretty front yard says, “Welcome!” She and her daughter planted a lovely little memorial garden as a tribute to her husband who passed away last year. Even with the heat that week, her plantings look fresh and lovely.

Debbie Hageman roses

Debbie Hageman of 73 Grant St., Lancaster, shared photos of her summer garden. We wrote an article this spring when she asked what she should do about a rose that was damaged during the winter. Our expert’s advice was to tape it. Unfortunately, that rose didn’t make it. However, these roses are doing great. The photo was taken in July.

 

 

Pergola in Lancaster NY

When the weeding is done, it’s time to relax under the pergola. Photo from Debbie Hageman in Lancaster.

Old Fashion Bike in Lancaster NY

An old fashioned bike serves as a garden ornament for Debbie Hageman in Lancaster.

pond in Cheektowaga NY

Chet Okonczak of Cheektowaga shares this photo of his pond, where a little boy enjoys a lazy summer day. That vibrant red flower is a canna.


squirrel and fox Glenn Krisher

Glenn Krisher snapped this photo on the first day of summer 2011 in Youngstown. Glenn has a resin fox in his backyard, and though it looks quite real, it didn’t fool this squirrel for a minute. The squirrel fearlessly hopped on the fox’s head and calmly ate his lunch.

rose from Jennifer Hunt 1

Jennifer T. Hunt visited the Rose Garden in Delaware Park on Sunday, June 19 and snapped a few pictures with her phone. “Everything is in bloom,” she said. “Absolutely gorgeous!”

roses from Jennifer Hunt 2

Photo by Jennifer T. Hunt.

rose from Jennifer Hunt 3

Photo by Jennifer T. Hunt.

 

pond from Glenn Krisher 2

Glenn Krisher took these photos Wednesday, June 15 in his garden in Youngstown. “My garden is a work in progress; never ending,” he said.

pond from Glenn Krisher

Glenn Krisher said he tried to make the setting around his small pond more relaxed than formal. It looks quite tranquil!

foxglove from Glenn Krisher

Foxglove brightens Glenn Krisher’s garden. You call also scroll down to see photos he took this winter at Old Fort Niagara.

Larch in spring by Nadine Catalano

This photo and the photo below were submitted by Nadine Catalano, a Master Gardener of Erie County . The photos show the “new hues of green on my Japanese Larch, Larix kaempferi,” she said. “I love the softness of the needles and the contrast in the new/old pine cones.”

 

 

 

 

 

Second photo of larch in spring by Nadine Catalano

 

 

 

 

Hetrick waterfall

You may remember reading about the many statues Janice Hetrick uses in her Lancaster garden. After we published the article on May 24, she sent us a photo of her completed waterfall. I just had to share it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akron Falls photo

Sunshine, flowing water and snow capture the essence of early springtime in this photo from Don Coling and Dianne Vertes. They captured this shot at Akron Falls Park in Akron.

Stone Wall Stumble & Fall

These photos from Connie Cordero tell the story of their stacked stone wall, which was built in August 2007. This pile of rocks is what remained after the ground shifted and the wall fell in April 2010. Connie named this photo “Stone Wall Stumble & Fall.”

wall with Clematis  Madame Julia Correvon

Here is Connie Cordero’s wall in all its glory, surrounded by clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon,’ which was planted in the summer of 2008.

Stone Wall Rise & Stand

This photo from Connie Cordero is named “Stone Wall Rise & Stand.” They restacked the stones; the wall doesn’t use any mortar.

snow covered tree trunk in Amherst NY

These next several photos are from Diane and Ian Cox of Amherst. In this photo, wind-swept snow forms marvelous patterns on a tree trunk.

frozen cobwebs

This shot of frozen cobwebs reminds us how we can find beauty during the large swings in temperature that mark springtime in the Buffalo area. This photo is from Diane and Ian Cox of Amherst.

view from bedroom closet in Amherst NY

This photo from Diane and Ian Cox was taken from their bedroom closet!

looking toward golf course in Amherst

The sunrise over a golf course in Amherst is captured in this photo from Diane and Ian Cox.

Spring Flower show 08 by Kathleen Struckle

Kathleen Struckle captured the delicate petals of this tulip during the 2008 spring flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Spring Flower Show by Kathy Struckle

Tulips bob in this photo from Kathy Struckle.

Lilly and her Yellow Sister by Kathleen Struckle

Kathleen Struckle titles this photo, “Lilly and her Yellow Sister.”

amaryllis by Kathleen Struckle

This amaryllis looked very different during Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Photo is by Kathleen Struckle.

red palm by Kathy Struckle

A palm bristles with sinister spikes in this photo by Kathy Struckle.

violet fern by Kathy Struckle

A fern looks feathery in this photo from Night Lights by Kathy Struckle.

Happy Spring photo by Kathy Struckle

Kathy Struckle spends quite a bit of time at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. She took this photo of a tulip during last year’s spring flower show. She calls her photo “Happy Spring.”

Spring Bliss by Kathy Struckle

“Spring Bliss” by Kathy Struckle.

Yellow Ruffles by Kathy Struckle

Kathy Struckle calls this image “Yellow Ruffles.”

paper flowers by Kathy Struckle

Kathy Struckle says these are called paper flowers.

garden statue holding snow

This cheery snowman statue seems to be offering us an overflowing basin of snow. Floyd Baker has titled his photo, “Is This Enough?”.

snow-covered tree in Cheektowaga

Tom Mazur of Cheektowaga sent in these next four photos, all taken with a cell phone camera! His camera is 3 megapixels, which is all you need to take good photos. Just 10 years ago, the best digital cameras you could buy had only 3 megapixels. This bush is in his yard on Ridge Park Ave.

This and the next three photos by Tom Mazur were taken in the United German and French Cemetery on Pine Ridge Rd., Cheektowaga.

winter scene in Cheektowaga cemetery

Photo by Tom Mazur of Cheektowaga.

winter scene in cemetery

Photo by Tom Mazur of Cheektowaga.

Pearl Street in Buffalo

This photo from Tom Mazur was taken near the Hyatt on Pearl near Mohawk in Buffalo. He says he has purchased a 12-megapixel Panasonic camera that he will carry around with him more often when the weather breaks.

Fort Niagara by Glenn Krisher 1

Winter doesn’t have to be bland. This scene at Fort Niagara, submitted by Glenn Krisher, is saturated with color. Posted Feb. 3, 2011

Fort Niagara by Glenn Krisher 2

The clouds nearly obscuring the sun add drama to this photo at Fort Niagara submitted by Glenn Krisher.

winter wonderland from Cindy Berebko

Shrubs resemble frosted cupcakes in this photo from Cindy Berebko that she calls “Winter Wonderland.” Posted Feb. 2, 2011

Heavy December snow was captured in this photo from Cindy Berebko.

Christmas tree outside

Christmas garlands and snow decorate this tree in a photo submitted by Cindy Berebko.

rhododenren and blueberry bushes in East Amherst

Rhododendren and blueberry bushes in the garden of Maxine Osiewicz in East Amherst. Jan. 24, 2011

azalea bush in East Amherst garden

Deer netting catches the snow as it protects an azalea in Maxine Osiewicz’s garden. She says that unfortunately part of the net protecting the nearby rhododendron fell “and the deer ate the shrub to the nubs.” Jan. 24, 2011

Ornamental crabapples in the garden of Maxine Osiewicz.

Ornamental crabapples in the garden of Maxine Osiewicz.

Snow-covered trees in the yard of Maxine Osiewicz.

Snow-covered trees in the yard of Maxine Osiewicz.

14 Responses to Your Photos

  1. Maxine on February 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    What fun to see pictures I sent on your website! Really enjoyed the other photos, too. They prove that this has been a visually beautiful winter!

  2. connie on February 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Maxine,
    I want to thank you and all of our photographers who have shared photos. Our readers love seeing them! The Your Photos page has had 120 views since we started it two weeks ago and is becoming one of our most popular features.
    Best,
    Connie

  3. Beth Barrie on February 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    These photos are beautiful! Almost makes you forget how cold it is outside :)

  4. Cindy on February 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks Connie!! Looks awesome!!! They are all very nice.

  5. connie on February 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Beth,
    It is cold today, but the sunshine is so strong I opened the kitchen door to let it warm up the room!
    Thanks!

  6. connie on February 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Cindy,
    Thanks for sharing your photos! There sure is a wide range of views reflected in all of these shots.
    Best,
    Connie

  7. Linda on March 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you everyone for sharing these beautiful photos of our own wonderful area.

  8. connie on March 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Linda,
    Aren’t these photos amazing? The photographers are glad to know that people enjoy them. Thanks for your comment!

  9. noreen on June 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Really enjoyed the photos makes me want to get a digtal camera

  10. connie on June 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Noreen,
    If you would like to take photos, you should definitely consider getting a digital camera. For $50 or less you can get a great point-and-shoot camera that slips into your pocket. All of the photos that I took for articles in Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com last summer I shot with a point-and-shoot camera. Some of the folks who posted photos here used their cell phones to snap the shots! Any camera that has at least 3 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom will give you shots you can use online or print. Thanks so much for writing!

  11. Carol on May 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for the website info. It was nice to meet and talk with you after your soil test!

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  13. Liz Cash on August 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

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