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This week kindly offered one more day of sunshine. I needed the sun to motivate myself to go out there – I confess to getting the blues from gray November days. So outside I went to plant the last bulbs and get on with winter mulching. Last bulb planting I will never tell anyone to do as I do. I told you (and myself) to plant the bulbs in September or early October…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Members will bring their own supplies to create Thanksgiving centerpieces. Garden therapy at Garden Gate will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 13 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Barb Klein, design specialist at Seneca Greenhouse, will present a demonstration and workshop on creating holiday centerpieces. Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will hold a business meeting at 10 a…

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During a rare patch of mild weather this week, I spent a few hours in my barn. This barn, built about 1827, was the centerpiece of this farm – one of the first in this area south of East Aurora. Long before my arrival in the 1980s, it was probably a cow barn and later housed horses, including some that were part of my family for many years. For about 15 years we loade…

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Thousands of people visit other people’s gardens every year (more in our region than in most places) and drive or walk away saying “Wow!” Or maybe they just say “Hmmm ... not so sure about that one.” Sometimes they take pictures and write down plant names and ideas about furnishings and art. Quite often it just stops there. Why is there so often a gap betwe…

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East Park Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 3 and Nov. 27 at the Grand Island Public Library. Members will prepare decorations for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (Wilcox Mansion). Call 773-5838. Tickets are now available for Victorian Christmas events at the TR Site. The events run Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 and include …

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Monday felt like the last good day to work outside in comfort. The bright sunshine and warm breezes did not hint at late October but I knew there wouldn’t be many more days like this in 2017 – maybe none. Never mind writing deadlines, piled-up emails, looming laundry, and errands in town. I claimed the time for me and the garden. What to do first? My deck and garden…

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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Hamburg Community Center. Carole Melnik of A Snail’s Place in Elma will demonstrate a holiday floral design using a vegetable. A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St…

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The autumn leaves call for choices. Raking them can be a chore for tired homeowners who would rather do something else on the weekend. Raking leaves can be fun with children: As proof I have pictures of little Alice with cousin Elizabeth jumping in the piles. Raked leaves can be collected at the curb, at a cost to your city or village. (Only some towns compost them). Raked…

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If there were ever an autumn that begs us to plant bulbs, this is it. We’ve had lots of time. I’m imagining the garden center shelves are emptied. You all have new beds that will bursting with daffodils and crocuses next spring – right? But maybe not: I also know that new homeowners and gardeners start from scratch every year without much gardening knowledge, time…

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Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room on Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Use the playground entrance. Mark Carra, of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, will present “Hummingbirds – Their Behavior and How to Attract Them.” Guests and new members welcome. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Williams…

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Some of the showiest plants in the fall landscape are shrubs, and many of them are native. Shrubs are commonly called the work horses of the landscape, as they do important jobs as hedges, windbreaks, backdrops, focal points, foundation plants, or as the important middle layer between trees and grasses or perennials. Even more important, the right shrubs provide food, h…

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Last week I bought some white pumpkins. Not large ones for carving but a few smaller ones to add a touch of fall. It felt a little weird walking past all the orange pumpkins at the garden center – were they glaring at me? – but I found myself drawn to the white ones, some of which were more creamy colored than others. White pumpkins and gourds are hardly new. I f…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Oct. 9 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Mary Ann Jumper will present a slide show on the 12th World Association of Floral Artists flower show, “Flowers In Paradise,” which took place in Barbados. Guests are welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club w…

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Andy Wolf showed up to the Great Pumpkin Farm Sunday in his pickup, pulling a trailer and a ton of pumpkin. That's right. Singular, as in one pumpkin. Standing proudly with his two children next to their giant orange fruit, the farmer from Little Valley didn't just take home top honors and $4,500 in cash for this year's heaviest pumpkin at the annual festival in News…