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The timing couldn’t have been better. While at the hair salon recently, I noticed that the woman sitting in the chair next to me was looking at a page in People magazine filled with photographs of red boots – and several celebrities wearing them. Just then, a woman walked around a corner of the salon wearing a pair of rain boots. Knee-high, shiny and very much red. …

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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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Just point to the kids. It’s because of them that Lisa and Tim Walsh eventually bought a house in Lockport, leaving behind their home of 23 years in Lancaster. Their children – now ages 17 to 25 – had classmates from Canisius High School and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart who lived in Lockport, so the family traveled there frequently. Through their kids, the …

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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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As I continue to slowly work my way down my fall To Do list, I am reminded that low-cost solutions are often the best. Consider the case of our floppy family room pillows. We have had the pair of 20-by-20-inch decorative pillows with removable covers for quite a few years. I love the pattern, they work nicely in the room and the covers are machine washable. But, as t…

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I write about overwintering tropical plants with several emotions this week. I have gotten to know some Florida plant growers in recent years. Twice FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association) hosted garden writers from across the country to tour historical tropical plant gardens and growers, so we would understand and use more of their plants. Then they …

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Black is getting some competition from brown and navy as go-to neutrals this fall. But what if your wardrobe is already filled with black pants, jackets, leggings, tops, dresses and shoes – all in good shape? You can still freshen up your look for the cold months ahead by adding some new colors to your existing wardrobe: bright blue, soft pink, cabernet, lilac, hot pi…

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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…

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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…

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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…