Lookee, fall colurz



Granted, I did kind of a craptastic job attempting to show you the glories of the mighty Niagara gorge and its old growth trees as they begin to don their autumn attire. (The light just wasn’t right.)

I oughtn’t to have bothered, particularly as I have this splendid display (top) before me every day as I enter and exit the suburban office park where I work. We’ve been in here since late August, and I must say the developers make landscaping a priority, inside and out. There are verdant atria on the first floors of every building, with trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals tastefully installed everywhere outside. I feel certain I will see a magnificent bulb display in the spring.


Has a priority been placed on sustainable plantings and native cultivars? Um … not so much. But there’s worse out there, way worse, and it’s pleasant to see the flowers and the care that’s obviously being taken. I don’t even mind the mums. Consider this a GBBD post on their behalf.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. These are NOT mine! I don’t mind them if they are combined with grasses, smushed together by pumpkins and only seen from my car window at no lower a speed than 20 mph..

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