Horticultural returns of the season



Happy fall! As I enjoy the hot weather—though I wish I could stop watering my containers—I’ve been also been appreciating the interesting striations of (early?) fall color on local trees and this monstrous silver lace vane, brought to you by my next door neighbor. We could cut it, as the utility pole is on our property, but I don’t think it’s hurting anything.


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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. I guess I am the horticultural grinch, but I can’t wait for a good frost. I’m ready to put the garden to bed for the winter.

    I’d settle for a nice long rainy stretch, though. “Good” weather is relative, especially if it means you’re dragging a garden hose around the yard to keep seedlings from turning crispy brown.

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