Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mexican Homes & Gardens 2 - Barbie's Dream Casa

We called this one the Sayulita Barbie Dream House. It's a spec home built to sell. The gardens around it weren't as impressive as the amount of pink paint required to make this house scream. The owner wasn't in, but we got a quick walk through anyway. Our 12-year-old daughter swooned.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mexican Homes & Gardens 1

Last week we visited Sayulita, Mexico, a small town of around 4,000 people about 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The town is mostly locals with a smattering of U.S. expats and other vacation home owners from around the world. We stayed with friends that had recently finished building a home (and a garden) on a steep hill over looking the Pacific.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A garden in ruins

Back a month or more ago, we visited Athens, Greece. It was our second trip there. We were there back in the early '90s. There's not much gardening going on, it's a huge very urban city. When you're there looking up at the Acropolis & Parthenon, it's one of the most beautiful sights in the world. But when you're up on the Acropolis looking out over the city, it's a drab flat, urban cityscape.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Garden-themed tours by AAA for the National Garden Festival

National Garden Festival bus tours

For Buffalo's National Garden Festival, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) is again this year organizing garden-oriented tours of Buffalo Niagara. They're all great itineraries—and great hosts (I'm one!) and great lunches are included. They'll be promoting these tours to more than 800,000 AAA members in Central and Western New York State.

Many of these tours are based on the great tours we gave to the garden writers and bloggers from 23 states and Canada that visited last summer. The bloggers were our guinea pigs -- you can read some of their comments here.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flowery Chelsea Tickets

The Chelsea tickets have arrived. And they're fancy. The colorful and foil-stamped tickets arrived last week. Looking forward to a few days away (again). The only thing confusing on the ticket is the line, "No babes-in-arms." So, if I want to go with a coupla' babes hangin' off my arms, it's not allowed?

Monday, April 18, 2011

The beauty of photo record keeping...

Okay. The phot on the left was taken last week. The photo on the right is from April 24, 2010. We're going to have to speed up this process a little bit to get to the photo on the right by the 24th.

It occurred to me that I haven't shown any pictures of my garden since last Fall. It's been winter in Buffalo, that's no secret, but I don't like to show snow photos to perpetuate the myth of all snow all the time.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What do you get when a deer and a goose hatch eggs together?

Being an urban gardener, we don't have deer issues to contend with, until now. It's all the rage here in Buffalo -- a goose has laid down with a deer. And they're expecting deerslings, or fawnslings or baby deerse or something. A goose that has lost her mate is being protected by a deer in Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery. The deer will put itself between the goose and an intruder anytime one comes close.

For about two weeks now, the deer, with a quick jaunt away for food once in a while, and an occasional run with a jogger, has taken to hanging out with a goose nesting its eggs. At first officials & media were keeping the location secret, as to not disturb the happy couple. Secrets don't last long here. They've now put up snow fencing to keep people at bay, and have installed a webcam, so they can be watched live (with night vision too!). Like THAT'S not an invasion of the couple's privacy.

Friday, April 15, 2011

One of my top two grand nephews in a garden center commercial!

Actually, the whole family in this commercial for a garden center near Binghamton, NY is my family. The star, of course, is my grand nephew Ayden. His mom & dad (my niece & nephew-in-law) also star. But they're not quite as cute as Ayden. 

Ayden's been talking pretty much since he was nine months old (and he hasn't stopped to breathe yet). He could have handled a speaking role, no sweat.

It was filmed by a friend of their family, Ryan Schultz, a broadcast & graphic design major at SUNY Oswego (heaven help him).

If you can't see the video, visit here:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

National Garden Festival video—starring Amy Stewart

"You wouldn't expect some hostas & geraniums could actually change a neighborhood but Buffalo is proof that that can happen." - Amy Stewart (Author, Flower Confidential, Wicked Plants)

Best-selling California author Amy Stewart was kind enough to be filmed conversing about our flowers – and Buffalo & its gardening culture – while she was here last summer on her Wicked Plants tour. She was filmed in the Gardening While Intoxicated garden of Elizabeth Licata, a fellow ranter over at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

That's THREE Garden Walk gardens in Spree's HOME magazine

The other day, in my excitement about having a couple gardens in Buffalo Spree's HOME magazine, I didn't even notice that a third garden, the garden of Laurie Counihan Brown was also used in the magazine. You can read the entire article here. It's called "Curating the Garden" and was on the last page of the magazine under the section title, "The Finishing Touch."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Garden Up!" I wonder how many trees were killed so my tree could be in a book?

There's a brand-spankin' new book out just last week that shows (features is a strong word) my columnar apple tree in my front yard. The book, Garden Up! was written by garden-blogging acquaintances Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet (what do you call people you've had online conversations with, but have never met?).

The book should be considered mandatory reading for urban gardeners. Or any gardener, really, it just so happens that we urban gardeners grow up as a necessity, after we've got the ground covered.


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