More Plants And Pals From Buffa10

Continuing with the theme of sharing with you, dear readers, the folks and flowers seen in the lovely garden city of Buffalo, New York this July…

…Inspired planting combination were in abundance. This window box that was seen in the Cottage district echoed the colors of the foundation plantings below it so well, it needed to be shared.

Sedums and Sempervivums planted in wood-like shelf fungus hanging along this fence illicited excited exclamations. Perilla ‘Magilla’ at the base makes the perfect guardian. Monardas are peeking up above the wooden slats for additional punctuation.

The serene Olmsted Park’s Delaware Park Japanese Garden was picture perfect in a light drizzle…

…But I feel the scene is greatly enhanced by the addition of the ever chic Helen Yoest of Gardening With Confidence.

Also on the itinerary for Friday was a visit to the Urban Roots Community Garden Center. At first I thought this was a community garden, not reading the literature with full attention. Rather it is a local resource for plants and much more that is owned and operated by members of the community. The tally of members stands at 656 as this is written, quite impressive. It was a result of no nurseries close to the burgeoning gardens of Buffalo’s garden walk district. Elizabeth and Jim are both members.

The mission statement: Urban Roots Community Garden Center is a consumer cooperative business whose mission is to provide quality products for gardening in the City of Buffalo and be an active and enriching member of the community.

Well done.

Totally undaunted by pouring rain, only occasionally wiping the water build up from his face, co-owner Brian (Gordon was on duty in the cantina serving drinks and chatting under the thatched canopy) enthusiastically answered questions, explained the processes and even demonstrated the compost tumbler for us in the amazingly lush gardens. Walking around with an umbrella seemed unfair as he was without cover. The passion he felt for the plants within his tending was contagious. A big thank you is extended to Brian and Gordon for allowing us into their private piece of heaven on earth.

This garden was brimming with perfect specimens of perennials, especially lilies. These appear to be L. regale an oriental, might be L. ‘Pearl’, thanks Elizabeth!, with a charming Dahlia backed by a stained wooden fence. Simply scrumptious!

Delightfully delicious Layanee of Ledge And Gardens wisely was umbrella prepared and color/pattern coordinated.

Saturday found the sun shining brightly at the Erie Basin marine test gardens. At first the horticulturist in charge of the testing by seed companies Ball, Proven Winners and others thought we, the garden bloggers, would not wish to be put to work analyzing and voting for our favorite plants. How wrong he was! We were given four flags each, one for each company’s display grouping, although I am not sure that message was internalized by all, to make our selections of best of the best. In the above photo Carol of May Dreams Gardens, in the green blouse, is studying the charms of each plant, using body language to help her decide who will win her coveted red flags.

Later that day it was out into the country on the tour buses to see the fabulous acreage of Mike and Kathy Shadrack who offered us a real English cream tea, clotted cream and scones included, served in flowery tea cups. He is a hosta officianado, she takes care of the sun lovers, with an emphasis on daylilies. This was such a treat, we wish to thank the Shadracks for their generous hospitality. The setting was sublime with shady seating areas, a rocky creek and well labeled gardens. The sun illuminated the Miscanthus in the middle of the hillside bed like a spotlight on a performing diva onstage, sensationally sizzling! Pam of Digging, left and Jim of Art Of Gardening are chatting with owner Kathy in the shot.

The Union Jack was proudly displayed in the Shadrack garden since Mike hails from those splendid isles. Meeting up again with my good buddy Christopher of Outside Clyde is always a joyful reunion. Now that Interstate 40 has been cleared of rock slide debris between Knoxville and Asheville, we hope to visit him much more often to see how the cozy cabin and accompanying gardens are coming along.

Friendships such as these are often the result of the blogger meets. To all garden bloggers out there in the blogdom, save your pennies for wherever 2011 takes us. It will be well worth it. Added: Rumor has it that 2011 will see us meeting in Seattle!

There are more photos that need to be shown before we wind up the Buffa10 postings. I think a page to corral them will be in order.
The Page:
Garden Blogger’s Meetups

My other posts:

Plants And Pals From Buffa10

Final Plants And Pals From Buffa10

To see all the postings about this event, click here.


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34 Responses to More Plants And Pals From Buffa10

  1. Darla says:

    These gardens are gorgeous. Love the combination planters as well. It’s so much fun to be able to put a face in front of the garden blogs…

    Hi Darla, thanks. It is fun to see the faces and meet the folks behind the blogs, gives reading them a whole new dimension. πŸ™‚

  2. Sunita says:

    Oh Frances, such beautiful, lovely photos! I love those succulents on the fungus. How on earth do they grow there? Is there any other medium holding it in place?
    And its such fun to see familiar names and put faces to them πŸ™‚
    Thank you, Frances. I loved this post and the earlier one too.

    Hi Sunita, thanks so much. There did appear to be some moss on the fungi, I wondered if they might have been drilled out a bit as well. This idea had many of us inspired to try it at home. I have a bin of this type of fungi, not this large though. Sedums and Semps will often grow in the least bit of medium, we will experiment to see if we can duplicate it. I would guess ample water would be necessary in the beginning. Glad you liked seeing the people as well as the gardens. We all agreed that the people are what makes these trips so enjoyable. πŸ™‚

  3. Valerie says:

    Frances: Enjoying the tour through you. The gardens look very lush. Like the people that labelled the plants. That makes it easier for writers who may not grow that plant and do not know what it is. Looking forward to the next post.

    Hi Valerie, thanks so much. If you weren’t able to attend, we are all trying to give the flavor and fun of the event. Labels are wonderful, some gardens had them, others did not but the owners were often there to tell the names of the plants and much more about them. πŸ™‚

  4. Frances, I had luch yesterday with Helen and Sarah from Toronto Gardens. They were telling me about Buffalo, sounds exhausting and very exciting, wish I could have made it, especially for the cream tea, I got addicted to those while living in England.

    Hi Deborah, how fun! I too fell in love with cream tea in England and was thrilled to have it served in such a lush and amazing garden setting. Wish you could have gone, I believe the Canadiens had fun. Maybe next year? πŸ™‚

  5. gardeningasylum says:

    Dear Frances, I’m still amazed at what a wonderful event Jim and Elizabeth arranged for us – that cool nursery and the Shadrack’s garden and cream tea were both very special.

    Me too, Cyndy. Each destination just got better and better. It was nice to relax a bit at the Shadrack garden, it was really a peaceful setting. The cream tea a delightful bonus. Memories for a lifetime! πŸ™‚

  6. gittan says:

    Oh Frances, you’re sharing so many wolnderful views with us. Saving for 2011 sounds like agreat idea! Who knows, maby I can join in with you all in Seattle? We must have dreams, things to long for in our lifes and a that would really be something!!! I have no idea where Seattle is but I do have a very nice atlas so know i know what to do “LOL”
    Next year we’ve been married for 25 years so a trip over the pond would be a great place for celebration, don’t you think so? I’ll have to start preparing The Carpenter right away =)
    Kram gittan

    Thanks Gittan, you are so funny!!! Seattle is on the upper west coast of the US, with a mild, damp climate, somewhat like England. Gardens are famous there so it should be a joyful trip. You have the right idea to work on The Carpenter now, slow and steady wins the race! HA πŸ™‚

  7. Carol says:

    Wasn’t that the most fun in a long time? I did indeed have fun picking four favorite flowers at the test garden, but that was not an easy job… there were so many!

    It was Carol. Picking the flowers was difficult. I don’t even remember what I picked except the dark leaf dahlia Mystic Illusion, or something like that. I am not a good multitasker, trying to judge the plants and take photos at the same time was taxing. πŸ™‚

  8. Gail says:

    My dear friend, Your delicious photos make me want to sigh, and exclaim~”US Airways take me away and back to Buffalo!” I loved Urban Roots and wonder if such a coop could work in Nashville~it was a charming store and had I been in my Subaru, would have bought many plants and sculptures! Perhaps the hardest task this weekend was choosing which flower to award a flag! gail

    Thanks Gail. It was such a fabulous trip. Already I am looking forward to Seattle, and just once I would like to fly nonstop! There was some fine art at Urban Roots, I believe Cindy made a wise choice. Oh if we were in cars, the stuff we would have brought home. I did plant the new Astilbe, finally. The earth was so soft from the rain, hooray! πŸ™‚

  9. I see, in one of the other posts, you have a acquired a coveted hair ‘clippie’. We call it a butterfly. I have tiny ones for irritating fringes that interfere with gardening.

    HA Diana, you have an eagle eye and elephant’s memory! I did score a clippie, a couple in fact including one identical to Victoria’s! Diligent online searching was fun and rewarding. I should have got some matching little ones, there are always stray globs of hair flying about. After letting the red dyed hair grow out the past year, we hope for some uninterrupted lengthening to make clippie use easier. πŸ™‚

  10. Lisa Blair says:

    Aren’t the sedums on the fence just awesome?! What a creative idea! Definitely inspiring!

    Love the photo with the lighthouse in the background.

    They are Lisa. We all admired that idea and the sound of wheels turning inside our brains was nearly deafening! Lake Erie and the lighthouse made a smashing background on a nice sun filled day. We had fun voting for the best plants too. πŸ™‚

  11. gittan says:

    I found it far away on the west cost. It’s a loooooooooooooooooooong way for us to go! dubbelkram

    Yes, it is that much longer for you to travel. Maybe there will be a closer one, or you could even have your own Swedish/West European get together! I know there are loads of Swedish garden bloggers. πŸ™‚
    Triple Kram,

  12. Excellent photos Frances. You even got my wife in a shot – walking with the umbrella behind Brian. I don’t feel as though I had that much time to talk to you this year. I don’t think I even gave you a 70th of my time, as was my goal. Eliz and I are so glad everyone enjoyed the trip so much. You’re all invited back!

    My dear Jim, thanks. I wondered who that was! HA I feel that when you are in charge of an event, there is hardly any time for visiting. I remember our speaking in Chicago into the wee hours downstairs. We will catch up at the next meet! Surely every single attendee was thrilled with your lovely city and the friendly citizens. πŸ™‚

  13. Great pics and what a fun get away – meeting all these great bloggers in the real world. I wish I could have been there. Hopefully next year…

    Thanks Kate. Do try and join us next year, you won’t believe how welcoming everyone is! πŸ™‚

  14. Kathy Guest Shadrack says:

    Hi Frances: Thank you for your fabulous photos and kind comments. I have been trying to read what folks are writing – I can’t tell you what a thrill this all has been. Come back! We have lots more to share…

    Hi Kathy, what a treat to see you here, thanks for visiting! Your gardens were just spectacular and the hospitality first class. Thank you so much for allowing us to see your piece of paradise and especially for the cream tea! πŸ™‚

  15. steve says:

    What great examples of gardening potentials. I loved the fence pots and deep purples below them. Nice to see some more garden names as well. Thanks again, Frances.

    You would have loved it, Steve. There was inspiration behind every gate! Container plantings were the best I have ever seen, and small space gardens used every inch perfectly. Do try and join us next year! πŸ™‚

  16. eliz says:

    Hi Frances–great shots!! Especially of the people, which are the essential ingredient. Those lilium are oriental hybrids, not regale–they might be called something like Pearl. Something like that. The hybrids have tons of conflicting cultivar names.
    I agree that Brian was a real trooper–he is also a great plantsman.

    Hi Elizabeth, thanks so much and thanks too for making the blogger meet so thoroughly enjoyable! It was perfect and Buffalo was quite impressive. I fixed the post, thanks for setting me straight, I want to have it right. Brian was so enthusiastic, talking about the garden, while rain just poured on him. He couldn’t stop smiling. πŸ™‚

  17. That sedum section hanging on the fence with the Perilla below — WOW! How unique and different is that? πŸ™‚

    Glad you got to meet Helen Yoest! Isn’t she lovely? Her adorable children are just as delightful.

    The Shadrack garden looks like they should charge admission. You got scones, too? Wonderful!

    I can’t quite tell from the photo with Laynee. Is that rattlesnake master or sea holly to her left?

    Thanks for sharing!


    Hi Freda, wasn’t that an inspiring idea with the fungi? I am still going to see if it can be done here. Helen was wonderful, I had been wanting to meet her for some time. The Shadrack garden was huge, and such a well planted place, with waterfall and creek an added bonus. Layanee was standing next to E. alpinum. I didn’t see any yuccifolium, but they also had Echinops nearby.

  18. How wonderful it is to see everything through your lens! It was also really fun to meet you. I’m loving all of the different perspectives about gardens, blogging and life in general.

    Hi Susan, thanks and welcome. It was great to meet you, although our conversation was way too short! Next time. πŸ™‚

  19. Rose says:

    How I am enjoying this virtual tour of Buffalo with all of you, Frances! My eye, as always, is drawn to the peaceful and serene Japanese Garden, but the other gardens are beautiful, too, and have more do-able ideas I would like to copy. Layanee does fit right in with the color scheme with her floral umbrella, doesn’t she? And I didn’t need a label to find Carol–I just had to look for a green shirt:)

    Hi Rose, thanks. I am so glad you are liking the posts, but wish you had been there with us. Save your pennies for Seattle! You are so right, Carol is easy to spot, but she did wear a cream t shirt one day, with green garden tools printed on it! There were lots of doable ideas in Buffalo, especially the containers.

  20. kimberly says:

    What fun to meet up with friends and view such fantastic gardens!

    Hi Kimberly, it truly was a joyful event. Gardens and friends old and new, it just doesn’t get any better! πŸ™‚

  21. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What beauty in the gardens, including the people.

    So true, Lisa. Wish you had been there, you were missed. Save your pennies for Seattle. πŸ™‚

  22. jim groble says:

    Your pics are wonderful. it is great fun reading all the posts about Buffalo. jim

    Thanks Jim. I too am enjoying the posts, seeing things that escaped my eye or from a different perspective. It was a pleasure to meet you and Pat. πŸ™‚

  23. james says:

    I’m amazed to see all the beauties here, especially the Japanese Garden. One will never know the difference whether this one is actually from Japan or Buffalo.

    PS: And thanks for visiting my blog and comments.

    Hi James, thanks so much. The Japanese garden installation was actually done by the Japanese, many years ago. It is a small microcosm of the History Museum. Cropped out of everyone’s shots is a major highway with cars buzzing past just above the serene space. It was my pleasure to visit you. Good luck with those rescued orchids! πŸ™‚

  24. commonweeder says:

    This is a wonderful set of photos. While we all visited the same gardens, we each found something a little different to photograph. This has been a many layered lesson for me – and a joy to see them. I’m so glad you show new friends in these gardens.

    Thanks Pat. You have hit upon a profound truth, we all see things with different eyes! And it is always more about the people than the places. πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Frances. We so enjoyed hosting the group in our Garden Cantina on Friday afternoon. It’s very humbling to read all of the positive comments that are appearing all over the web.
    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful pics of our “wet” garden!

    Hi Gordon, so nice to see you here and welcome! We love love loved your garden, wet or dry, and you and Brian were the most perfect of hosts. Thank you for allowing us into your paradise. πŸ™‚

  26. Christine B. says:

    And here I was just recovering from missing out on Malvern! Looks (and sounds) as if these blogger meet ups are great fun. Glad to hear the rumor that the next one may be in Seattle…my side of the world, so no excuses if I can’t trundle down for it.

    Christine in Alaska

    Hi Christine, yes, do come to Seattle! We would love to meet you and I promise you will be well received. This is a very welcoming group. And I hear Seattle is magnificent! πŸ™‚

  27. Oh Frances I have so enjoyed reading everyones posts on Buffalo – so much inspiration in every photo. I especially like the bronze fennel in your first photo with the daisy – I could achieve that easily in my garden along with those little pockets on the fence for the houseleeks. Thankyou so much for sharing πŸ™‚ Rosie

    Hi Rosie, thanks. I took the photo because I thought the same thing, having both of those plants. They are in the same bed, but not together like that. The daisies are easily moved. I love the fungi plantings! πŸ™‚

  28. Hi Frances

    Not been at the computer for a while, family over and peak season etc. then I see this.

    What a great meet and hasn’t Buffalo collectively got it together. I bet Erie Basin marine test gardens was fascinating, eyeballing all the seed tests and voting.

    Hi Rob, thanks for taking the time to visit during this busy time! Buffalo is the perfect role model of what a city can do to attract people with gardens, private and public. I know we were all thinking about how we can work on our own towns to be more garden oriented. It was fun to vote, we are an opinionated lot! πŸ™‚

  29. Great photos Frances, as usual. It was so good to finally meet you! You got some shots – scenes I don’t even remember seeing. Fun to live it through photos. H.

    Hi Helen, thanks and the same feelings exactly here about meeting you! It was a joy, just like seeing those gardens. πŸ™‚

  30. Ewa says:

    Frances! You made it – so lovely to see you and Gail – familiar faces, and also learn new faces behind the blogs.
    Theses proven? Gardeners are the best!

    Hi Ewa, yes, we just couldn’t stay away from being with our beloved garden bloggers! You are so right, they are the best! Miss you.

  31. Joey says:

    So enjoying your posts, Frances. A long time since I’ve been home to catch up. What summer fun you are all having and stunning gardens. July hugs.

    Hi Joey, thanks and welcome home! Wish you had been there, we would so love to meet you. Maybe someday. Hugs returned. πŸ™‚

  32. Hi Frances,
    So fun to walk through so many gardens all at once. You captured snippets I never even saw. Like the sedums on the fence… how clever. The window boxes drew me in … they are showing up everywhere now as proof we all noticed the abundance and beauty of them.

    It was a delight to meet you at this meet-up. What a treat to get to ‘talk’ to all the bloggers as we milled about together for 4 days. Loved your round-up of the plants and pals in Buffalo.

    Hi Meems, thanks. It was neat to be able to go from house to house, spying the goodies, sort of like Hallowe’en! I was impressed by the containers and especially the window boxes. Mine needs a redo pronto! Milled together, a good way to put it, loved meeting you! πŸ™‚

  33. Layanee says:

    Thanks for the ‘link love’. What a great time we had and the pictures show some which I missed. Love that we can see things through others eyes via blogging.

    It was a pleasure to see you again, Layanee. I too have loved reading all the posts to get different perspectives and catch up with friends old and new.

  34. sequoiagardens says:

    Sometimes, just sometimes, I feel myself in a gardening/blogging wilderness…

    Hi Jack. Maybe someday you will be able to attend one of these meetups. Being with others who are so passionate about gardening AND blogging is the BEST!!! πŸ™‚

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