Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Botanical Gardens in August 2016

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, closes out the summer season in August.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Rachel and Matthew Norvilitis, “Sibling Revelry” –now through August 7.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri – August 13-October 2.
  • Hosta, Daylily and Iris Sale – August 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Administration Building.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Celebration of Coleus and Color at the Botanical Gardens – July 8, 2016

The annual Celebration of Coleus and Color at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo) will run through Sunday, July 24. This year’s collection of coleus includes some of my favorites from Rosy Dawn Coleus, including Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort and Apocalypse!

Garden hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids 3-12 and free for members and kids 2 and under. Find a list of upcoming events at

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2016 Proven Winners preview box: Update – 7/6/16

It’s been a really weird year for plants – I seem to keep losing them :(

Instead of focusing on how many plants I lost from the Proven Winners box (and I have no idea how…), I’m going to focus on what’s looking good – from this year and last.

I love Superbells Tropical Sunrise – it’s bright and cheerful and looks great with coleus!

And speaking of bright and cheerful – whoa, Superbells Hollywood Star! Three of these fill up a container with ease.

I’m so glad I decided to put the Supertunia Vista Fuchsia in the garden and not in a container – the hot pink shows off nicely against the darker Perilla in the background.

Bright Lights Yellow Osteospermum is looking good – I placed it with a purple one I found in the local garden center.

Let’s Dance Blue Jangles Hydrangea is settling in nicely…

…but Zinfin Doll Hydrangea might need some talking to.

The Purple Pillar Hibiscus got its own little garden thanks to its impending size, but someone (bunnies, I’m looking at you!) seems to think it should remain small.

Pardon My Cerise Monarda has bloomed, but it looks to have the mildew it’s supposed to be resistant to.

Things are still up in the air with Prairie Winds Apache Rose grass (I’ve never grown an ornamental grass, so I’m not sure if it’s doing what it’s supposed to).

And finally, the Angelface Perfectly Pink Angelonia is blooming nicely right now.

A few of last year’s shrubs and perennials are still performing well, including the Tuff Stuff Hydrangea, which is blooming!

The Pink Mink Clematis was finally moved to its permanent home and looks to be climbing strong.

The Double Play Red Spirea is also doing well in its home.

Not pictured but performing in this year’s version of Khaleesi’s Garden is the Magic Show Enchanted Indigo Veronica (I’ll post it in the upcoming update on that garden).