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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/reway2007/1021562555/">reway2007</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: reway2007, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prepping the summer flower garden for more color

There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.

She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the season. Amy shares tips on what to prune and how to encourage new blooms on some of the cooler season flowers.  Go to full article
Several types of hanging basket. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken_yasuhara/6116652111/">K. Yasahura</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Several types of hanging basket. Photo: K. Yasahura, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How to keep flower boxes and baskets looking their best

It's hard for a gardener to complain about this stone-summer weather. Heat, sun, plus a little rain here and there are a great combination to kick plants into high gear for growth.

But what can be all good for young tomato plants can be overdrive for hanging baskets and planters that were in full bloom when they went on sale for Mother's Day. They need constant care: water, food, and the occasional trimming. Amy Ivy has what to do, and why.  Go to full article
Trillium and other iconic North Country wildflowers pose a challenge for gardeners. Archive Photo of the Day, 5/18/11: Gregory Kle
Trillium and other iconic North Country wildflowers pose a challenge for gardeners. Archive Photo of the Day, 5/18/11: Gregory Kle

Spring wildflowers in nature and the garden

A walk in the woods may seem like an optimistic activity during mud season. But early wildflowers are a sign of hope that a new season has begun. It's amazing to find spring flowers emerging just as the last snow melts, especially after our long, cold winter.

Todd Moe talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about looking for early wildflowers in their natural settings, and the challenges of trying to grow trillium, bloodroot and Jack-in-the-Pulpit in backyard gardens.  Go to full article
Martha Foley's perennials. Photo: Martha Foley
Martha Foley's perennials. Photo: Martha Foley

How to build a perennial garden

The catalog pages picturing masses of colorful perennial flowers can be exciting. But creating your own flower beds can be a daunting prospect. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares strategies for building a perennial garden.  Go to full article
Day lilies can be divided and moved, even when blooming, like these under cloudy skies this morning, July 8, 2013. Photo:  Martha Foley
Day lilies can be divided and moved, even when blooming, like these under cloudy skies this morning, July 8, 2013. Photo: Martha Foley

When the garden gets overgrown

With continually rainy weather over the last few weeks, and more in the forecast, there'll be no stopping the garden from growing. But, there may be something to be done about over-growing: Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about exerting some judicious control over the lush life in the perennial beds.  Go to full article
Hanging baskets. Source: http://www.freefoto.com
Hanging baskets. Source: http://www.freefoto.com

Keeping those hanging flower baskets so colorful

Sunday is Mothers' Day, and maybe you're thinking of one of those hanging flower baskets as a gift. Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips for buying and maintaining the "wow" factor for hanging flower baskets.  Go to full article
Jane Lammer's <i>Perennial Bliss</i> exhibit continues at First Crush Bistro in Potsdam this month.
Jane Lammer's Perennial Bliss exhibit continues at First Crush Bistro in Potsdam this month.

Garden photos offer a mid-winter break

A new photo exhibit in Potsdam connects art, music, gardens and friendship. Photographer Jane Lammers spent time last spring, summer and early fall in the perennial gardens of three North Country friends.

She also assembled a playlist of music to accompany her exhibit, Perennial Bliss. It includes music by Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma and James Galway. The eight photos in the exhibit follow the seasonal flow in flower gardens.

Todd Moe spoke with Jane Lammers about gardens, photography and music. Her show is up through the end of the month at First Crush Bistro in Potsdam.  Go to full article

A midsummer cleanup in the flower garden

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about trimming, pruning and cleanup work in the flower beds.  Go to full article

More on the very beginnings of the garden

Last week, it was a conversation about getting an early start on the vegetable garden -- Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy turn their attention to flowers.  Go to full article

Beginning gardeners and perennials

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy are thinking more about the upcoming gardening season. Today, the appeal of perennial flower gardens.  Go to full article

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