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Cutting Back Perennials in Fall

To cut back or not to cut back? That is a question gardeners ask when temperatures cool, leaves turn color, and days grow shorter. Most perennials don’t care if they are cut back in fall or left standing in the garden until spring. Gardeners, on the other hand, may have strong opinions on the subject.… Continue reading Cutting Back Perennials in Fall

Birds in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials

Flowers Turn to Seed Heads

On a beautiful day last week I ventured outside with my camera. Temperatures had cooled to seasonal levels and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. My intent was to get photos of everything still blooming to share with readers, but flowers were few and far between. Seven straight days of record-setting temperatures… Continue reading Flowers Turn to Seed Heads

Birds in the Garden

Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready for their fall migration and they are hungry! In the weeks before migration, their hormones stimulate hyperphagia – a compulsive need to overeat – to gain the extra weight and fat they need for the long flight ahead. (Hummingbirds increase their weight up to 40%.) Half of their diet comes… Continue reading Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration

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Buffalo: A City of Gardeners

I was recently invited as part of the Association of Garden Communicators to the city of Buffalo to witness the impact gardens have made on the revitalization of the city. I met passionate people eager to better their beloved city and toured neighborhood gardens, urban farms and city parks. Here’s what I learned: Buffalonians may… Continue reading Buffalo: A City of Gardeners

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Cup Plants: Great for Pollinators & Summer Showers

I was so happy the rain came Monday night instead of during the day on Tuesday – my one day each week to spend in the garden. I decided to tackle a garden area yet to make it to the top of the Reclaim my Gardens, Reclaim my Life list and began weeding at one… Continue reading Cup Plants: Great for Pollinators & Summer Showers