Posts Tagged ‘ Perennials ’

Corpse flower to bloom soon at Botanical Gardens; may happen only once a decade

July 29, 2014
Corpse flower to bloom soon at Botanical Gardens; may happen only once a decade

  by Connie Oswald Stofko In a rare event that might happen only once a decade, a corpse flower is likely to bloom within the next nine days at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The corpse flower blooms every 6 to 10 years. The blossom of the...
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Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

July 22, 2014
Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

by Connie Oswald Stofko Barb Ciesla and her husband Henry had a front yard with a line of yew bushes straight across the front. She wanted something more interesting and decided to redo the entire front. “I’m 60 years old and I don’t want to do it all again,” Ciesla said. “I don’t want...
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Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

July 22, 2014
Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: I have several spiderwort (transcandentia) in a variety of colors. I love the plants, however, their bloom only lasts until late afternoon, then they close up. Is there anything I can do to extend their bloom time or is this just typical of...
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Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

July 14, 2014
Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

by Connie Oswald Stofko I love Western New York gardeners. I tried waiting out the rain Sunday, but it just kept getting worse, so around 1 p.m. I made my way out to the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, a garden walk that covers parts of Amherst and Cheektowaga. I stopped at the home of Terrie...
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5 tips for shopping for plants this weekend in Western New York

May 20, 2014
5 tips for shopping for plants this weekend in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko This weekend is probably the biggest shopping weekend for gardeners. Our gardens should be dry enough to dig in by now, and by the end of May, the danger of frost should have passed, so we’re all excited to buy tender plants and put them in our gardens now. To...
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Get spectacular spring color without sacrificing summer splendor

May 20, 2014
Get spectacular spring color without sacrificing summer splendor

by Connie Oswald Stofko So many of us are looking forward to the start of the 2014 gardening season, but Claudia Kolbe-Hawthorne of the Cleve-Hill section of Cheektowaga is already enjoying the third wave of color in her flower beds. First there were the hyacinths, which were followed by daffodils. When I visited her...
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Find a good home for your extra plants by donating them to nonprofit gardens

May 13, 2014
Find a good home for your extra plants by donating them to nonprofit gardens

When you’re thinning out your perennials, you probably feel sad when you have to throw those extra plants on the compost pile. Two Western New York organizations that would be delighted to find a good home for those plants are the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford and Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo. Genesee...
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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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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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