Posts Tagged ‘ Questions & answers ’

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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Plant exchanges set, question on pine chips & more

May 14, 2013
Plant exchanges set, question on pine chips & more

Plant exchanges set Plant exchanges give you an opportunity to trade those extra plants you have in your garden for new varieties that you don’t already have. (I got my first sunchoke at a plant exchange.) If you’re a beginning gardener and don’t have plants to trade, you can still participate in these two...
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It’s pretty, but invasive– Get rid of lesser celandine

May 7, 2013
It’s pretty, but invasive– Get rid of lesser celandine

Mike Fabrizio, a reader, recently sent along this photo and asked this question: “Just wondering what this weed is called and how to treat it on my lawn. Thanks!” This particular plant has special interest for me because it is growing in my neighborhood. When I first noticed it growing on my neighbor’s lawn...
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Welcome to my new subscribers, question on groundhogs & more

March 26, 2013
Welcome to my new subscribers, question on groundhogs & more

Welcome to all my new subscribers I had a great time at Plantasia last week, and I was delighted to be able to meet so many of my current readers. Thanks for stopping by my booth to say hello! I also want to welcome all my new subscribers. A whopping 515 people signed up!...
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