Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Got Easter flowers? Keep them blooming for years to come in Western New York

April 22, 2014
Got Easter flowers? Keep them blooming for years to come in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot of beautiful potted flowers were sold this past week for Easter by Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. But when the flower falls off, what do you do with the plant? “People don’t know what to do with flowers they get at Easter,” said Teresa Buchanan, garden center...
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Get ready for the 49-cent perennial sale at Mischler’s to be held April 25-May 3

April 22, 2014
Get ready for the 49-cent perennial sale at Mischler’s to be held April 25-May 3

The yearly 49-cent perennial sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses is so popular, the folks at Mischler’s have created a short guide with tips on how to get the most out of this awesome event. The event will be held from Friday, April 25 to Saturday, May 3 at Mischler’s,  118 South Forest Road, Williamsville....
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Help a reader: What is this awful plant?

April 22, 2014
Help a reader: What is this awful plant?

by Connie Oswald Stofko   A reader sent me this question: “I have what I assume is a weed every year in one garden bed. I cannot get rid of it no matter what I try. It is green leafed and grows on a stem that snakes under ground. The stem is reddish purple...
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It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

April 15, 2014
It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

by Connie Oswald Stofko How do we know it’s spring in Western New York? One day it feels like summer and the next day it feels like winter. On Sunday I opened my doors and windows and it got up to 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the house. Today? Snow. Sigh. If I get nervous...
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It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

April 8, 2014
It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

by Connie Oswald Stofko We had a bit of warm sunshine this weekend and it was wonderful to do some outside chores. My husband raked the autumn leaves off the front lawn and I yanked a few early weeds from garden beds near a sidewalk. But there still isn’t a lot you can do...
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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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Hands-on workshops, presentations set at Lockwood’s

April 1, 2014
Hands-on workshops, presentations set at Lockwood’s

Presentations on gardening as well as hands-on floral workshops will be among this season’s classes to be offered at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Registration is necessary for all classes. You can register for most of the classes online now (some of the classes aren’t posted on the Lockwood’s site yet– check back...
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Got clay or rocks in your soil? Use pallets to create a raised bed– It’s simple!

March 25, 2014
Got clay or rocks in your soil? Use pallets to create a raised bed– It’s simple!

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may be reluctant to start a new garden bed if you have a site that’s less than ideal. Maybe it’s full of stones that you would have to sift out or pick out by hand. Or maybe the soil is compacted or riddled with clay, so you face the prospect...
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Miniature gardens tell a story with plants– Make them as gifts!

March 18, 2014
Miniature gardens tell a story with plants– Make them as gifts!

by Connie Oswald Stofko A cat is curled up in one of the Adirondack chairs at the koi pond. On the table rests a goblet filled with Merlot, and the glass dome has been removed from a plate of cheese. “It’s a miniature fantasy,” said Dan Meyer, greenhouse associate at Mischler’sFlorist and Greenhouses, 118...
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Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

March 11, 2014
Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds do it. Bees do it. And birds and bees help plants do it. In the video below, we bring you a sneak peek of “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life  of Plants,” the kick-off presentation of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Science Café Series. In this entertaining video,...
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