The first Buds of spring



Feast your eyes on these lovely blooms. I just spotted them or I would have added them to my GBBD post. I think that the porta-potties and the Arby’s sign are essential to the mise en scene.

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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


  1. Love the general approach to gardening here. I will be back to read more when time allows. I live in SoCal and so can garden year round (can and do are not synonyms) and get to grow interesting things in addition to food. *Love the pics*, plants are so lovely.

  2. My first thought is this must be the northern urban version of the southern bottle tree in a vacant lot down by the river. St Paddy’s day residue is a much more comforting thought.

  3. You got me!

    My yard is filled with blossoms – native peach, plum, redbud and orchard fruits. Plus tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and their friends.

    I fully expected to see buds. Laughed out loud. Thanks.

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