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Leaf Morphology is Surprisingly Marvelous

I recently attended this tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden, despite my doubts that the topic of leaf structures – leaf morphology – would be marvelous, as promised, but darned if it wasn’t! I maintain my skepticism that a talk by another expert could put me to sleep but coming from Dr. Susan Pell, it was […]

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm   This post has one response.

Gardening via Groupon

Drinks are not included. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing Groupon offers for Paint Nites, where (usually) a bunch of people get together and make a painting with an instructor. At first, they seemed to be singles events, often held in bars, but more recently I have...

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 at 7:37 am   This post has 4 responses.

My Townhouse Garden on Video!

Readers may remember my post about a guy who grew up blocks from my home and is now a videographer in New Haven, CT.  For fun, this son of a landscape architect and gardener himself makes videos about plants and gardens, usually featuring the director of the botanic garden...

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 at 6:28 am   This post has 3 responses.

The Season’s Last Hurrah and a Surprising New Beginning

  There are a few weeks left in my long, fitful gardening season. I will be busy trying to nail those lingering mischievous weeds. (How can I miss weeds, that I pass every day, with seed heads the size of Big Ben?) At the end of September I’ll put...

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am   This post has 30 responses.

Cool Corpse Flower Time-Lapse

From the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm   This post has one response.

The Winnowing

Because I moved across the country and chose to design my new garden rather than hiring a local landscape designer, the process is slow but interesting. Choosing the plants has required a multi-year period of growing a wide variety of plants in order to learn which are adapted to...

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Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 1:51 am   This post has 7 responses.

Annuals are forever

At this time of year, the perennial beds  are beginning to fade; most of the stars have done their job. I don’t see how people can survive without annuals, at least around here. But it does depend on which ones you choose. This time, I used annuals that are...

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Posted by on September 6, 2016 at 8:02 am   This post has 7 responses.

A Prickly Situation

Porcupines are cute, if not cuddly, animals. I just wish one had not targeted my garden. It announced its arrival in early summer by ravaging our raspberry patch. I didn’t know then who was the malefactor. Not only were the berries stripped from the bushes, the canes themselves were...

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 am   This post has 12 responses.

Big Honking Coleus!

We’re at summer’s end and look what’s starring in my garden – the humble Coleus. Once restricted to shady spots, these newer sun-tolerant ones are something else, growing tall enough to actually provide privacy for this front-yard patio. The pots they’re in give them an added lift, but still....

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Posted by on September 2, 2016 at 7:33 am   This post has 8 responses.

Bulb fanatics are losing a best friend

Oh NO! That was my first reaction when I saw that my new Old House Gardens catalog included an announcement that founder/owner of the company Scott Kunst was retiring after the fall/spring shipping season. For some years, though I have never met him, I’ve felt that Scott was right...

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm   This post has one response.

First, Get the Lawn Shape Right

This is the design that, some 20 years ago, turned my front yard into a garden I could love, and transformed me into a passionate gardener. Previously, the shape of the lawn had been far too complicated for such a small space. It needed simplifying, but it took a...

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Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 6:31 am   This post has 7 responses.

Stormwater Management at its Most Beautiful

Ed Snodgrass is the internationally known green-roof author, consultant and grower whose own Maryland nursery experienced downpours gushing downhill, unstopped by mere turfgrass. Of course he was using vegetated roofs, but that wasn’t enough. As Ed wrote me, “Even though the farm is mostly pervious, in high intensity events water...

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 10:26 am   This post has 10 responses.

Promoting biodiversity on the local airwaves

In May I talked to Doug Tallamy when he visited Buffalo to give a talk, and reported on it here. I recorded our conversation and finally finished a radio segment for our local NPR affiliate, WBFO. These segments can only be about 3 and a half minutes, tops, so...

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 at 8:35 am   This post has 4 responses.

More Garden-Inspired Haiku

Thanks to those of you who enjoyed my garden haiku post last month. Today I have a few more poems to share, inspired by this morning’s beautiful light.         Will you join in? Give us a Haiku (5 syllables, then 7, then 5) glimpse of what’s...

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 at 1:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

No bouquets at the Olympics this time

Apparently, it did not jive with the Brazil Olympics’ environmental message to give out thousands of cut flowers that would be discarded by their recipients within days. And that makes sense, for sure. But. As an avid Olympics watcher (the only sports I watch), I’ve recently been paying a...

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 8:00 am   This post has 6 responses.

Ask a Designer: Make Invasives Great Again

Next in our “Ask a Designer” series is a guest rant by David mcmullin. The debate about invasive plants has become, well, invasive. It crops up anywhere gardens and plants are being mentioned. The general idea is this: gardeners are a band of outlaws set on destroying our Habitat through...

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Posted by David mcmullin on August 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm   This post has 72 responses.

“Nobody smells roses any more.”

I kid you not. One of my visitors during Garden Walk Buffalo last weekend told me that a nursery staffer actually said this to her as she was shopping for roses there, after she asked which of their many offerings had fragrance. Of course I immediately wondered which local...

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am   This post has 18 responses.

Roses without Chemicals, After Knock Outs

Meet Peter Kukielski, former curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanic Garden, who suddenly had to give up spraying when the city banned pesticide use on public lands. So he researched disease-resistant roses, which led him to Germany and the roses being bred by the breeder Kordes.  Interestingly, Germany...

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Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 9:40 am   This post has 6 responses.

#TBT Fifteen years on Garden Walk

Note that I don’t say “Fifteen years OF Garden Walk:” the event celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. But it was in 2001 that I first joined the Walk, which at that point had about 100 gardens total, scattered through Buffalo’s West Side. This year, over 400 gardeners have...

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Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am   This post has 5 responses.

Norma’s Collectables and Cactus

Attention shoppers! The world’s largest Yard Sale is approaching. Four days, August 4 – 7, along 690 miles of U.S. Highway 127, from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama, you will find more lamp shades, hub caps, ragged sofas, wire cutters, scuffed-up golf balls and used baby shoes than you...

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Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am   This post has 8 responses.
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