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6 Tips for Growing Caladiums in Zones 5-7

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 23, 2015 9:20:00 AM

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If you live in the northern half of the U.S., you may think caladiums are only suitable for southern gardens. Not so! The photo above was taken in a zone 6 garden in New Jersey, and we have customers from Pennsylvania to Iowa getting the same great results.

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

How Big Will Your Flowers Bloom?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 13, 2015 12:47:19 PM

When shopping online and in stores, it can be a challenge to feel confident that you are getting exactly what you want, especially when it comes to bloom size. To help you buy with confidence, we have put together this helpful infographic to explain flower sizes in terms of other everyday objects, along with the diameter of the bloom in inches and, of course, inspirational photos that tell the story of the size.  

If your goal is to grow the biggest flowers on the block, or even if you just want to coordinate sizes with your existing garden plants and shrubs, this infographic willl help sort it all out.

Start planning now and download our Bloom Size Infographic today!

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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers, fireworks, Big Blooms, Spring Planted Bulbs

Favorite Flowers for a Fragrant Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 13, 2015 10:10:00 AM

I like having my flower garden smell as good as it looks. So during the summer, I surround myself with as many wonderful fragrances as possible.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Why Snow is Good for Spring Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 11, 2015 10:10:00 AM

Crocus Pickwick on a chilly, early spring morning.

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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers

Garden Inspiration: Border Dahlias Around Our Homes

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 10, 2015 11:54:23 AM

At Longfield Gardens, we are more than just a bulb company. We are also husbands, wives, parents, grandparents and gardeners. When planting season starts, we don't have professional landscapers planting at our homes...we only have our shovels, bulbs and a plan! When our gardens come into bloom we enjoy the results and of course take many photographs.

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Topics: fireworks, summer blooming bulbs, Dahlias

How to Extend the Peony Season

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 6, 2015 10:10:00 AM

There’s so much to love about peonies. The flowers are big and fragrant, and they come in beautiful colors. The plants are sturdy, attractive and live for generations. You don’t need to worry about diseases or pests (including deer). And the blossoms are gorgeous in bouquets.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Why Landscape Designers Like Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 25, 2015 10:10:00 AM

If you want to know which plants provide the most color, for the longest time and with the least amount of effort, ask a professional landscape designer. Their livelihood depends on hard-working plants!

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs

Why is Stargazer the World's Most Popular Lily?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 20, 2015 10:15:00 AM

I have a weakness for lilies. There's no other flower with such extravagant, exotic-looking, exquisitely formed and sweetly perfumed flowers. Though I have dozens of them in my garden, it's never enough. 

I am not alone in my affection for lilies. They're the 4th most popular cut flower in the world, right behind roses, chrysanthemums and tulips. But most people, whether they live in Kalamazoo, Paris or Tokyo, only have eyes for one very particular variety of lily: Stargazer. They ask for them by name and they'll take no substitutes.

How much does Stargazer dominate the lily market? Holland produces more than 10 million Stargazer bulbs every year!

 

Most lily bulbs -- 98% of them -- are grown for cut flowers. These bulbs are forced in greenhouses and then cut, packed and shipped to market. No lily has ever been better at being a cut flower than Stargazer. Here's why:

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers, summer blooming bulbs, Lilies

What Is Your Color Personality?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 16, 2015 1:25:00 PM

What does your favorite color say about you? Your garden is an extension of your home and choosing flower colors that are right for you can create the look you desire. If you like color and spring-planted, summer-blooming bulbs, you are going to love this! 

Garden Color Personality

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Topics: home decor, Color Trends, summer blooming bulbs

Falling In Love With Dinnerplate Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 11, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Cafe Au Lait is the pale peach one in the photo above.

Sometimes all it takes is one look. The dahlia Café Au Lait caught my eye in a bouquet last fall at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was combined with pink and peach zinnias, hydrangeas and lavender asters.

Though I usually gravitate toward bolder colors, that romantic bouquet won me over and Cafe Au Lait will definitely be in my garden this summer. Over the years I’ve grown many other types of dahlias, but never any in the dinnerplate family, which has some of the biggest blossoms in the plant world, typically measuring 8 or even 10" across. (Check out the various flower types in our slide show Dahlias: 8 Great Looks.)

 

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Topics: summer blooming bulbs