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Some people lust after designer bags, take expensive trips to the salon and are only happy with the latest luxury car. Personally, I splurge on a new purse from Target once a year, wax my own eyebrows and plan to drive my eight-year-old Prius – the car I gave birth in, mind you – another 100,000 miles at least. For me to covet something, it has to be really good. It…

Mum time already? My annual outing for fall mums is quickly approaching. Once I get them home, I’ve tried to get a little more creative in recent years, rather than just plopping them on the front porch and remembering to water them when necessary. Placing them in clay pots, around which I tie a bunch of raffia for a rustic touch, has always worked for me. So has plac…

It’s “triage time,” the toughest time of year for me and many other gardeners. What plants can I take inside, store outside or in the basement, or plant now? And which plants must I let go – turn them into the soil or compost pile? Outside plants Perennials, shrubs and trees still in pots require a decision now. They are the plants you were so excited to find. …

New York Fashion Week is over, and fashion writers and bloggers have reported on hemlines, hues and the hottest collections for Spring 2018. But we don’t want to forget about the headgear and hats – from the sporty to the costume-like. Shown here: a selection from the New York collections, which ended earlier this month.       …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Community Center, Hamburg. Bonnie Bullivant will present “Easy to Grow Houseplants.” Business meeting to follow. Call Nancy Kalieta, 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. Lois Shriver, chairwoman of the Amhe…

Storms are on our minds this week, as we have watched the people, animals, buildings and shorelines of Florida assaulted by Hurricane Irma. We don’t worry much about hurricanes here: A recent report listed Buffalo as the fourth-safest city in terms of natural disasters, even if we experience some much-publicized snowstorms. What we do and should worry about: wind and …

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Nancy Kalieta, former volunteer coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and president of Hamburg House and Garden Club, will present "The Victorian Language of Flowers." The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sep…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening night has always soared with star power.  On Sept. 16, when the BPO opens its 2017-2018 season, the orchestra will welcome, for the first time, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta calls it a coup. "We've been trying for a number of years to get her to come here," said Falletta, who w…

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host three fall gardening classes in September: Making Hypertufa Containers (10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Hamlin Park, East Aurora); Making Kokedamas: Japanese Moss Balls (7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the CCE office, 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora); and Overwintering, Propagation and Making Cuttings (7 to…

Certain plants take center stage as summer wanes, no matter where you live and what you define as summer. Whether you garden in a temperate climate with cold winters (most of Western New York) or in milder maritime zones (much of Ireland or England for instance), the late summer gardens have certain characteristics. Flowering perennials are generally taller than spring …

Something unusual happened to me over the long Labor Day weekend. I was home alone; well, the dog and I were home alone. Our daughter was off to her freshman year of college. My husband was out of town visiting relatives. The house was quiet except when the dog barked at a walker or kid riding by on a bike. I sipped my morning coffee on the front porch. I walked the …

One recent morning while walking across the parking lot into work, I felt the need to stop and rummage through my large tote bag. The laptop was there. So was the wallet. But where was my phone? My phone! Back to my car I went. Perhaps it had dropped out of my tote onto the floor. No phone. I looked through my tote again. No phone. I looked through the tote again…

The impression one gathers while sitting with Annette Nuding on her wraparound porch one recent morning is that she knows everyone and everyone knows her. This is the type of porch that creates a friendly environment where she waves to passers-by and they wave back. Large and L-shaped, it’s furnished with white, all-weather wicker, floral cushions, an area rug, potted…

Some of the plants that showed off for our garden-peeping tourists and guests during July and early August are still going strong: tall Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, daisies and perennial geraniums that were cut back, reblooming roses, and late daylilies. But then what? I recommend a late summer driving tour to the garden centers of Western New York to see what else co…

Chunky turtlenecks and puffer coats may not be on your mind, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the fall fashion season. We picked five trends that are showing up in women’s clothing that is available now or will be in the coming weeks and months. These trends were also spotted on runways last February when designers unveiled their Fall/Winter 2017-18 collection…