Posts Tagged ‘ Questions & answers ’

Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

October 14, 2014
Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

Here’s a question from a reader: Hi!  I have another hydrangea tree question. My H. Paniculata Limelight is now three years old. The first two years I had large blooms that started out slightly green, changed to a bright white, then turned pink. (See the bright white blooms here.) This year there were many...
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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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Help a reader: Is there a trick to using soaker hoses?

June 17, 2014
Help a reader: Is there a trick to using soaker hoses?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: Is there some trick to using soaking hoses? The round black ones that are slightly smaller around than a regular hose are the ones I bought and they are made by Swan so that’s usually a good brand. I have a 100-foot perennial...
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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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Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

November 12, 2013
Is it too late to plant perennials in Western New York?

I got this question from a reader: I bought some perennials that I didn’t get a chance to plant: leopard’s bane, hardy aster, cone flowers and Munstead lavender.   It has already frosted once I believe. Is it to late too plant outside? If so, can I store them indoors in the same containers...
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Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

October 22, 2013
Question: How should a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree be pruned?

Here’s a question from a reader: I bought a Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ tree in the fall of 2012. I pruned it a tiny bit as my goal is to have it grow taller. They say to prune it in late fall or late winter. This year I had a ton of big, heavy blooms,...
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Evening of Wine & Roses, plus other short items too good to miss

July 9, 2013
Evening of Wine & Roses, plus other short items too good to miss

UPDATE: This event is sold out New event gives you peek at grand gardens Get a VIP tour of gardens that never have been– and never will be– on Garden Walk Buffalo in an Evening of Wine and Roses to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26. This fundraiser for Garden...
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With rainy weather, watch for slugs, plant diseases in Western New York

June 18, 2013
With rainy weather, watch for slugs, plant diseases in Western New York

With all this rain in Western New York, it looks more like April than June. John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, said some gardeners have water ponding in their yards, and yesterday he saw someone’s riding lawn mower stuck in the mud. We had a dry spring in Western...
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Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news

June 18, 2013
Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news

What’s the problem with this mint– and oregano, too? Jackie Fialkowski Gatas contacted me with this question: Does anyone happen to know what is happening with my mint? It’s also starting to show on my oregano. Don’t know if it’s a bug or a fungus. Thanks guys. Readers, can you help Jackie? If so,...
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Questions on another voodoo plant and lettuce woes

May 28, 2013
Questions on another voodoo plant and lettuce woes

Can you help readers with these two gardening questions? Gardening question #1: What’s the name of this stinky plant? I saw your post about the stinky plant. I think I have one, but it does not look like a lily. I was told mine is a voodoo plant. Last year, it gave me a...
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