Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Botanical Gardens in September 2016

Explore succulents at the Gardens in September
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, celebrates fall with these events in September.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri – now through October 2 (except September 30).
  • Succulents – September 3-October 2 (except September 30).
  • Dollar Day – September 18 – admission is just $1 for all – kids under 3 and members are free.
  • Gala at the Gardens – September 30 from 6-10 p.m. – cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, baskets, sit-down dinner and more – tickets are $175 per person – purchase here.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Get your containers ready for fall

Looking for plants ideas for fall beyond
mums? Try heuchera (coral bells)
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is ready to leave behind the containers that have been suffering through this dry summer and get some fall colors on the porch. Changing out a few plants or a few containers is a great way to add the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn to your design as long as you follow a few tips from Kerry Meyer of Proven Winners.
  • When choosing plants, consider their ability to withstand cool temperatures or frost.
  • Look for color in foliage instead of flowers if you’re bored with mums – try heuchera (coral bells) or ornamental grasses.
  • Less is not more in the fall – stuff your containers with plants, as they will grow less in the cooler weather.
  • Since they’re growing less, you won’t need to water as much – check to see if they need it before overwatering your containers. You also won’t need to worry about fertilizer.
  • When the temperatures do dip near 32 degrees, consider bringing them in the garage (if able to) or covering them with an old sheet or lightweight piece of fabric.
Find more information on fall planting at

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 Proven Winners preview box: Update – 8/3/16

I haven’t been doing these updates as much as last year or as much as I’d like to…unfortunately, there’s more to be unhappy about in the garden this year than to be showing off.

The Buffalo-Niagara area is in a severe drought – it’s pretty depressing when I actually miss cutting the grass since I’m only doing it every three weeks or so. It also makes keep things pretty-looking – because rain water makes everything look better – really tough.

A few things from the Proven Winner box I received in May that I’m really happy with:

Superbells Tropical Sunrise still looks great with coleus.

Superbells Hollywood Star continues to fill up its container.

Supertunia Vista Fuchsia will be purchased again next year and once again placed in front of the Perilla. I LOVE this look!!!

Bright Lights Yellow Osteospermum still looks good with its purple friend.

Let’s Dance Blue Jangles Hydrangea is looking good in spite of its “trimming” (darn you animals!).

And on a happy note: the Purple Pillar Hibiscus is still small, but it’s in bloom.