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In This Issue
Birdbath Special
Tropical Paradise
In The Greenhouse
More Mums
Do You Recognize This Plant?
Herbs
Fun Tools for the Kitchen Herbalist
Calendar of Events
August



August 1, 2011

Birdbath Special
Save on Every Birdbath in Stock!

During the month of August, we will  take $10.00 OFF the purchase of any of our birdbaths in stock.

Birds bring a peaceful charm to any outdoor garden and a birdbath will encourage them to visit. Water is essential to sustain life and it's no different for our feathered friends. You'll find them most entertaining as they splash and drink from your birdbath. Many birds are also beneficial in a garden environment by consuming flying insects and caterpillars that may damage your flowers and vegetables. 

We have a variety of sizes, styles and colors to fit your garden decor. Birdbaths make attractive plant stands as well. A potted plant containing colorful trailing petunias or sweet potato vine cascading over the edge of a birdbath can become the focal point of your garden.  A ceramic birdbath showcasing a clear vase of cut flowers from your garden or Mischler's Flower Shop becomes a conversation piece on your deck or patio.

Just print our offer below and present it at the time of purchase and Mischler's will deduct $10.00 OFF any birdbath in stock. This offer is presented exclusively to recipients of Mischler's monthly on-line Newsletter. Offer is redeemable for in-stock birdbaths only. Offer expires August 31, 2011.  

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Tropical Paradise
In Your Own Backyard

All of us love the brightly colored Mandevilla vine for a tropical touch on our summer patios here in the Northeast. Non-hardy Hibiscus is another favorite for a Western New York summer patio or deck.

Both of these plants do well in containers as do a number of other tropical looking specimens, such as elephant ears and banana trees. The large leaves of the elephant ear provide bold contrast to the plants with smaller foliage. Banana trees display large leaves as well as adding height to any grouping. 

In the shade of your tropical giants, try Caladium. Caladiums are available in a variety of leaf colors with interesting  varigation.

All of these tropicals will not last through the winter of Western New York. Planting these varieties in containers makes it easy to store over the winter season. As fall approaches, cut the dried plants back about 6" from the soil. Move them to a cool, dry location for storage or continue enjoying them indoors in a warm, moist environment.
 

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In The Greenhouse
More Mums

As we've said in previous articles regarding the greenhouse, we are always preparing for the next season. In this case it's Fall. More mums were planted last week and placed in our mum field outdoors.

Mums are planted in succession over several weeks. This helps to ensure fresh plants for retail sales throughout the Fall season. The picture to the left shows one of the plants that was part of the first planting. You can see it just starting to show some early color in the buds.

We want to have the right size container of mums ready for the consumer when they are ready to buy anytime during the season. We will have the same great varieties of Autumn colors ready when you are.

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Do You Recognize This Plant?

We've just planted over 3000 of these. Their traditional red blossoms won't reveal themselves for several months. It's just another of the phases our greenhouses go through each year.

If you said Poinsettia, you're right! All of our remaining geraniums were moved to our outdoor perennial tables to make room for the poinsettia crop. Smaller pots of annuals were relocated to make room for the geraniums. And so it goes. Year round, plants are repositioned for growth and sales.  

   Poinsettias grow naturally in very warm temperatures in our southern hemisphere. Our thermostat sensors in our greenhouse regulate the appropriate temperature and automatically adjust for surrounding temperature variations. This time of year our Western New York weather is conducive to the growth of our Poinsettias. As the days become shorter and average temperatures begin to drop, greenhouse temperatures become imperative.

Mischler's will have two new varieties this year. One is a red called Jubilee and the other a red with white flecks called White Glitter. We'll have plenty of the traditional reds along with several pink, burgundy, maroon  and  white varieties.

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Herbs
Fun Tools for the Kitchen Herbalist

Summer in Western New York arrived in full force, and with hot sunny conditions, which helped push all the green growing things out of the cold rainy slump of spring...Most herbs love that sun and heat, and are coming into lush growth, flowering and drawing in all the varied pollinators and whimsical, hardworking hummingbirds. Like them, we enjoy the flavors of summer, especially that classic pairing of tomato and basil, or the sprig of spearamint in a tall iced tea.

This year we have a fun selection of herb tools.  Cut your sprigs into strips or mince away with a multiblade scissor. Use the rocking blade and concave cutting board to work on larger batches of herbs. Mash up a minty mojito with a traditional tall pestle and glassware, designed just for this purpose. We have the special "mojito mint" plant available as well! A classic deep pestle and mortar is an essential prep tool in any kitchen, and we have a heavy duty ceramic one available. If you like to dry herbs, but have a tricky time figuring out where to hang them, check out our ring rack, it is lightweight, portable, and includes hooks to hang bundles for drying.  All the kits include herb seed packs to grow your own...Spicing up your life just got a little easier, and maybe even more fun; Expand your repertoire in the summer kitchen, whipping up a fresh herbal concoction, or inventing a novel, gourmet combination of fun flavors with the bountiful harvest which is starting to grace us with it's deliciousness.

We still have many herbs for sale, and it is not too late to plant, with a hopeful two months or so remaining in the growing season for annuals, you could harvest a couple more flushes of your homegrown herbs this year, and enjoy them in your recipes and as gifts through to next season.  Many are also perennial, so you can count on them again next year! There are several mint varieties, huge basil ready to cut and come again, and oregano, fennel, sage, strawberries, watercress, bee balm, lemon balm, pinapple sage, lavender, catnip and more. Make sure to tell us what you are looking for, so we can grow it or find it for you! If you need a gift, shower favor, or table toppers, be sure to consider herbs, and we can work with you on designing special arrangements year-round, for an aromatic and unique twist on the old standards.

Buon appetito, as the Italians say, and savor the warmth and beauty of summer. Now get growing!

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Calendar of Events
August

Here are some of the activities you might want to take advantage of during the month of August.

Taste of Williamsville
Savor the Flavor
Sunday, Aug. 7   11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   Island Park

Music on Main
Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25   Village of Williamsville

Music at the Museum
Amherst Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Aug. 12   8:30 p.m.

Movies in the Park
Fun Family Movies
Friday, Aug. 19, at dusk   Island Park

Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Amherst Museum
Saturday, Aug. 20   9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Erie County Fair
Aug. 10 - 21
Hamburg


Looking ahead...
An Evening in the Village
Saturday, Sept. 10   4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
 

 

 

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Mischlerís Florist and GREENHOUSES
118 South Forest Road (between Main St. and Wehrle Dr.), Williamsville, NY 14221
Telephone: 716 632-1290 | Fax: 716 632-8227 | www.mischlersflorist.com