Photos from our readers in Buffalo and Western New York
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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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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 cover a slope on April 26, 2013, at the Arboretum at Amherst State Park in Amherst. This photo is from Lois Shriver.
Members from the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club volunteered at Plantasia. This photo was sent in by Sue Dueker.
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!”
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.
The fluffy snow makes an appealing sight in this photo taken on Dec. 27, 2012 by Glenn Krisher in Youngstown, NY.
A squirrel is perched high in a tree in this photo by Glenn Krisher.
“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.
What a view! These maples in the yard of Jamie Pabilonia in Youngstown radiate color and brightness on even the gloomiest day.
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 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.
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.
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.
Here’s another view of the Pulinskis’ clematis in West Seneca.
Jester marigolds pop out of the foliage and add brightness to the garden of Sharon and Dave Pulinski in West Seneca.
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.
Here’s another view of Laurie Galasso’s flowering ivy.
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.”
Here is a view of the Schwabs’ Kenmore garden taken during the day.
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.”
Here’s a closeup of the fairy garden of Tina Schlau’s friend Marcella taken during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens.
This photo was taken by Tina Schlau in Michelle Schmitt’s beautiful backyard on August 4.
Tina Schlau took this photo of a pond on Argus Street in Buffalo during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 4.
Here is another view of the Argus Street backyard taken by Tina Schlau.
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.
Another view of Mary Anne Bach’s pond and home in West Seneca.
A curving path leads from shady to sunny areas in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.
A garden bed adds interest to the pool area in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.
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.
Here the impatiens have filled in and make a lush display in the garden of Cathy Sauer in Cheektowaga.
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 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.
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 shared this shot of her garden beds on a half-acre lot. “It’s mostly a fun sun garden,” she said.
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 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.”
This is the second view of Rhonda Goldfuss’s gardens. You can visit her blog at offthegardenpath.com.
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.”
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.
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.
Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY, photographed this orchid in February 2012.
Orchid from Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY.
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.
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.
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.
This fireplace at Old Fort Niagara looks festive with decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club.
The Johnson Room dining hall is decorated for Christmas by the Youngstown Garden Club. These photos are from 2011.
The mantle in the boulangerie, or bakery, at Old Fort Niagara, was decorated by the Youngstown Garden Club.
Here is a detail of a mantle decoration created by the Youngstown Garden Club for Old Fort Niagara.
Linda writes: “This daisy photo was taken on Nov. 1, 2011. A lovely late surprise.”
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.
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 of Cheektowaga shared this stunning photo of an orchid.
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.”
“I can’t believe my African violets are still so happy,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga on Nov. 9, 2011.
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.
Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga grew this toad lily in her garden this summer. “I tend to gravitate to the different plants,” she said.
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.
“This is from my St.John’s Wort plant,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga. “It is such a different looking flower.”
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.
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.
This clematis is lush and full on the trellis in this September 2011 photo taken by Maxine Osiewicz in Clarence.
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.
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!
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.
A spider web sparkles among the water lilies in the pond of Maxine Osiewicz of East Amherst.
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 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.
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.
Here’s a close-up of the flower on Mike Barrie’s snake plant.
Mayor Neil Riordan announced the YoungstownYard of the Week at the Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 29. Congratulations goes out to theWisinski Family!
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 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.
When the weeding is done, it’s time to relax under the pergola. Photo from Debbie Hageman in Lancaster.
An old fashioned bike serves as a garden ornament for Debbie Hageman in Lancaster.
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.
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.
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!”
Photo by Jennifer T. Hunt.
Photo by Jennifer T. Hunt.
Glenn Krisher took these photos Wednesday, June 15 in his garden in Youngstown. “My garden is a work in progress; never ending,” he said.
Glenn Krisher said he tried to make the setting around his small pond more relaxed than formal. It looks quite tranquil!
Foxglove brightens Glenn Krisher’s garden. You call also scroll down to see photos he took this winter at Old Fort Niagara.
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.”
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!
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.
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.”
Here is Connie Cordero’s wall in all its glory, surrounded by clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon,’ which was planted in the summer of 2008.
This photo from Connie Cordero is named “Stone Wall Rise & Stand.” They restacked the stones; the wall doesn’t use any mortar.
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.
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.
This photo from Diane and Ian Cox was taken from their bedroom closet!
The sunrise over a golf course in Amherst is captured in this photo from Diane and Ian Cox.
Kathleen Struckle captured the delicate petals of this tulip during the 2008 spring flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Tulips bob in this photo from Kathy Struckle.
Kathleen Struckle titles this photo, “Lilly and her Yellow Sister.”
This amaryllis looked very different during Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Photo is by Kathleen Struckle.
A palm bristles with sinister spikes in this photo by Kathy Struckle.
A fern looks feathery in this photo from Night Lights 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.
Kathy Struckle calls this image “Yellow Ruffles.”
Kathy Struckle says these are called paper flowers.
This cheery snowman statue seems to be offering us an overflowing basin of snow. Floyd Baker has titled his photo, “Is This Enough?”.
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.
Photo by Tom Mazur of Cheektowaga.
Photo by Tom Mazur of Cheektowaga.
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.
Winter doesn’t have to be bland. This scene at Fort Niagara, submitted by Glenn Krisher, is saturated with color. Posted Feb. 3, 2011
The clouds nearly obscuring the sun add drama to this photo at Fort Niagara submitted by Glenn Krisher.
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 garlands and snow decorate this tree in a photo submitted by Cindy Berebko.
Rhododendren and blueberry bushes in the garden of Maxine Osiewicz in East Amherst. Jan. 24, 2011
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.
Snow-covered trees in the yard of Maxine Osiewicz.