Thursday, January 30, 2014

Let there be (green) light


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo, I'm turning the city green Friday-Sunday, July 25-27. 

Last year I requested the 1966 M&T Tower (20 stories, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the same architect that designed NYC's original World Trade Center) and the 1912 Electric Tower (13 stories) in downtown Buffalo as well as the 1873 International Peace Bridge– the main local crossing between the United States and Canada – be lit green for the Walk. All three generously accommodated the request.

This year, being a special anniversary, I requested the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls be it green, as well as the 1899 Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens domes. All have said yes!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A garden magazine from the country's largest garden tour...

I'm so excited. My two great passions are combining to produce a real live gardening magazine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo – gardening and design!

The Garden Walk Buffalo board has sanctioned a commemorative 20th anniversary annual. It will be a (roughly) 60-page, glossy, over-sized, magazine-type publication. Technically, it is not a magazine because there are no further issues planned. It's more of a commemorative annual. Though it's not an annual project either.

I'm excited because the articles/topics we'll be covering – as well as for the contributing writers preparing those articles. The writers are well-known area garden writers, like Sally Cunningham, Elizabeth Licata, Connie Oswald Stofko, Rochester's Jane Millimen and more. Even though they're local, they all have national garden publications in their writing portfolios. The lead feature article will be written by a significant writer in the gardening realm, TBA.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The plugs are here, the plugs are here!

 I'm super excited! I've laid my succulent frame down flat in an area of the garden where it'll be undisturbed (and hopefully comfortably snow-covered). And the succulent plugs from Mountain Crest Gardens have come by mail. All look  healthy. My wife says they look like a delectable box of chocolates. Can't wait to plant them.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Succulent obsessed, another frame made

And so I build a second succulent frame. I received a few succulents that are not winter-hardy. I love them because they come in a greater variety of colors than the hardy succulents. And varierty of plant types too. Nearly all of the hardy succulents for my large succulent frame are Hens & Chicks. They'll be nice too, but the variety of colors and structures should make this much smaller frame more interesting. And this one I can bring indoors to enjoy over the winter.

Looking over other succulent frame projects spread around the web, I really like the rough-hewn antique look of other people's frames. So I decided to not spend any money on this one and challenge myself to only use items I had around the house already.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The truculent succulent gardener

Geez, I haven't written a post since December 10. Someone may come and take my garden blogging license away. I have however, been very busy with garden-related things, even though it's the heart of winter.
There're succulents as well as sedum.
I had put zone 5 hardy succulents on all my Christmas and birthday lists for anyone that cared to ask – all both of them. My daughter came through in spades, as well as other family members. Below are some of the plants I got for birthday/Christmas. I also got a gift certificate to Mountain Crest Gardens - an online store for succulents where regular folks can order wholesale trays of hardy succulents.

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