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It's the season for mums. Earlier this month we asked four floral and decorating experts to share some ideas on how to decorate with them. After that, we invited readers to send us photos of how they display mums outside their own homes. Below, you will see mums planted in a window box and in a flower bed. You will see them combined with other plants in containers. A…

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We finally get the memo: Our protracted summer is passing and we have jobs to do. It’s time to bring some plants inside and store others. It’s time to cut back some perennials and improve the vegetable and flower gardens. You can still improve your lawn. And there is lots of time to prepare the landscape for winter. First things first 1. Tender plants: Take inside now …

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Some people love fall mums. Others ... not so much. Still, those oh-so-familiar mums are easy to find, easy to transport and, quite frankly, look right at home alongside pumpkins, corn husks and all those colorful leaves that will soon be covering your lawn and flower beds. While some people plant hardy garden mums in the ground, others use readily available mums to …

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Johanna C. Dominguez doesn’t just provide a home for her four cats. She also gives them a safe and special place of their own outdoors. It’s called a catio – or cat patio. Sirius, Weasley, Tovenaar and Merlin can enter the screened-in, multilevel structure through a cat door installed in her house. The enclosed structure measures about 13-by-4 feet and stands 9 fe…

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Showy sunflowers? Dramatic daylilies? Ravishing roses? We're looking for photos of beautiful blooms from WNY gardens. Do you have a favorite photo you snapped in your own garden, either recently or earlier this season? Please share it with us. We're putting together an end-of-the-summer gallery, and your photo could be included. Submissions can be emailed to homeands…

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Samantha Muscato lives in a five-bedroom, three-bath house she bought a couple years ago on her favorite street in the City of Tonawanda. The home, which was built in 1877, was on the Victorian Home Tour in August, presented by COT Neighbors United. She described how it all came to be in an email for the Buffalo News' Home of the Week online feature. "When I was a…

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When Christine Burnett talks about how she and her husband, David J. Hickok, went about fixing up their turn-of-the-century Buffalo home, she refers to a tip from HGTV/DIY Network star Nicole Curtis: Rather than following the latest trends, stick with a classic look that matches the era of your home. That’s exactly what they did – whether it was scooping up a dining roo…

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The Adirondacks are a favorite destination for Dean and Jody Wienke. In between trips, they enjoy a bit of the Adirondacks in the backyard of their City of Tonawanda home. Their 10-by-14 screened-in gazebo, designed and built by Dean, features Adirondacks-themed decor, much of it vintage. Old signs, wooden skis, snowshoes, paddles, fishing gear and Dean’s maternal gr…

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The end is near! The sky is falling! It’s over! This is a typical reaction around Western New York in August. Why do we think this? Is it the Erie County Fair with its agricultural messaging about haying and harvest time? Is it the first cool night when we close the windows? Is it the sight of the corn and red tomatoes at the farm stands? Or maybe it’s just the back-to-…

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Peter J. Heffley was looking for a home where he could easily entertain friends and colleagues and display his expanding collection of artwork. He found it in a former cape-style home in Amherst, a 1940s-era house that underwent a major renovation about 30 years ago. Since buying it in 2005, he has remodeled, redecorated and filled it with pieces collected over time.…

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The front of Ron and Marcia Panzarella's home on Camden Avenue in North Buffalo is the first sign that garden-lovers live here. A visit to the backyard confirms it. A bistro table for two is placed close to the pond installed in 2009 by their son and son-in-law. Lily pads provide cover to the dozen fish, and nearby plants include irises, potted canna, zebra grass, groun…

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I did not see all 430-plus Garden Walk Buffalo gardens last weekend – nobody could – nor every garden on the Open Gardens weekday tours or the weekend tours across the Buffalo Niagara region this summer. But, like about 100,000 garden tourists, I saw lots of gardens and heard questions from locals and out-of-town visitors. “What did the people ask you?” I asked the gard…

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This weekend marks the 25th year for Garden Walk Buffalo – an annual event that has blossomed from 29 gardens in 1995 to more than 430 this year. It's the largest residential garden tour in North America, and an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 visitors are expected to visit from across the country, Canada and possibly beyond. This year, Garden Walk has expanded to include ab…

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Robert J. Kochanski, a retired Buffalo English teacher and guidance counselor, lives in a condo at 800 West Ferry that was once part of Darwin R. Martin’s two-floor penthouse. Darwin R. Martin, the son of Darwin D. Martin, grew up in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway. (You can view a timeline of the Jewett Parkway property and its restoration on the …