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People want to see flowers now – as many and as soon as possible. So we go to garden centers and look, perhaps to buy. This region’s garden centers are exhilarating after winter – tropical houseplants, early flowering annuals and perennials, spring-flowering shrubs. But what are you seeing and when can you put them outside? What is ‘cold-hardy’? In professional ga…

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The above photo of snowdrops received 57.5 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for people to send in photos of early bloomers popping up in their gardens after this long, long winter. Allison Sagraves took the photo on April 7 at the family's cabin in Holland, which they purchased last fall. She discovered the snowdrops in a mature r…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of early bloomers – those delightful hyacinths, crocuses and other signs of spring beginning to pop up in the garden. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are four options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submis…

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In early spring, it’s always uplifting to see buds on trees or shrubs and flowers poking up in the garden. Once we see them, many of us can’t resist taking a few photos. Now we want to see some of those photos you have taken recently as you wait for your garden to be in full bloom. Email your photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. A phone number is helpful. We plan to h…

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Do you remember when recycling entered our collective conscience? Did you first think about The Three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – in the 1960s or 1970s? In popular culture the 3-R mentality has certainly had highs and lows along the way, but now commitment to environmentally responsible consumerism is reaching a new high. That’s thanks in part to a caring younger g…

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The recent Philadelphia Flower Show reminded gardeners of what we know deep in our hearts: Flowers make us happy! The 190-year-old award-winning show, produced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is the country’s largest and oldest flower show. It’s always fabulous. This year’s theme was “Flower Power,” and the happiness factor was contagious: We danced. We bo…

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The wind hit hard as February waned, damaging structures, vehicles and, most of all, trees. Late winter is the right time for most pruning anyway – a surprise to many – but now the task at hand is “corrective pruning.” What can you do, and how should you do it, to salvage or improve your beloved shrubs and trees? Storm-damaged trees Decision No. 1: What is worth t…

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The extreme weather that slammed us early this month caused suffering and endangered many people and animals. It was dramatic and easy to remember. In the plant world, damage usually shows up more slowly, but that kind of weather is equally destructive. High winds, record freezing temperatures, and drastic temperature changes wreak havoc on plants. You may not notice it…

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Name: Karyn Agle Sullivan, 44. Who she is: Co-owner of Agle's Farm Market, 7952 Gowanda State Road, Eden, and Henry W. Agle & Sons Inc., a fifth-generation farm, along with her two brothers, Matthew and David, and their cousin Jonathan. Henry W. Agle & Sons is a wholesale business with 95 acres of vegetable crops and 1 acre of greenhouses. In addition to selling…

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If you want to give a gift to someone with a yard or garden, I have ideas for you. None of them require mall shopping or time online. A few could lead you to visit a pretty garden center or nursery, and the rest can be done by telephone. Your gift will be a hit. My qualifications for this? I love getting presents and for 30-plus years people knew that my passion was gar…

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Most people use plants to decorate living rooms, doors and holiday tables, but how much do you know about them? Let’s test your holiday plant knowledge. Answers are at the end. Part 1: True or false 1. The most popular plants used during winter holidays are evergreen trees (first place) and poinsettias (second place). True or false? 2. The most popular Christma…

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Even good gardeners and horticulture professionals struggle with this question: “How can I keep this plant alive over the winter?” The problem is not about knowing what the plants need – science is clear on temperatures, moisture, care for most plant groups. The problem is: How can we provide the right conditions in our houses, basements, garages or yards? We don’t have…

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No matter how long we try to prolong the season, let’s face it: Mostly gardening time is over… except for cleaning up, putting away, and preparing for next year. This is the Top 10 To-Do list for wrapping up the season. 1. Clean up Remove and discard any flower, fruit, or vegetable plants that were diseased or insect-infected. Also discard weeds that have gone to se…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fall vignettes. After we narrowed it down to four, readers voted. Courtney Gorman's display received 82.4 percent of the votes. "I love to decorate," she said. Her outdoor display includes such seasonal items as cornstalks, a variety of pumpkins, mums, a friendly ghost and planters filled with grasses, pepper…

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Susan Cherry Redino and her husband, Rick Redino, have lived in their Eggertsville home for 32 years. She is an interior decorator who calls her business Cherry Tree Design – Lost & Found. He owns a metal recycling business. They have two grown children. Here is how Susan Redino described their place in an email for The Buffalo News’ Home of the Week online feature.…