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New Cut Flowers for Your 2016 Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Summer-blooming bulbs (like the dahlia Diva shown above) are some of the best flowers for cutting. They’re easy to grow, long-blooming and incredibly prolific. Tuck some of these bulbs into your garden this spring and by midsummer you'll have your own supply of beautiful fresh flowers -- free for the picking!

For the coming season, we have expanded our assortment of cut flowers with some dazzling new lilies, glads and dahlias. Here’s a quick look at 5 of them that are guaranteed to take your summer flower arrangements to new heights.

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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs

New Dahlias for 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM

This year’s dahlias will be arriving in our warehouse very soon and today we're offering a sneak peek at some of the new varieties in our 2016 assortment. For some, it's the first time they have been available in the U.S., which means you can be among the first to grow them in your garden. These new-for-2016 varieties include:

Miracle Princess – (shown above) An early blooming decorative-type with 5" orchid pink flowers. The stocky, 3 ft. plants are the perfect size for perennial borders and large containers. Named for the breeder's pink-loving, princess-obsessed niece.

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Topics: Dahlias

Color Trends for Your 2016 Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

Predicting color trends has become an annual event for interior designers and paint companies. How much these color picks impact consumer behavior is debatable, but they definitely influence the fashion industry, homewares manufacturers and wholesale buyers.

No color predictions are more eagerly awaited than the ones from Pantone.

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Topics: Color Trends

Overwintering Dahlias? Time To Check the Tubers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I was in the basement last weekend planting the last of my amaryllis bulbs, and decided I'd better check on the dahlia tubers. If you have tubers stored away for next spring, this is a good time to see how they're doing.

The key to successfully overwintering dahlias is to keep the tubers properly hydrated. When spring comes, you want them to be the same way they were in the fall: nice and firm like a freshly dug potato. The goal is to maintain a steady state. Too much moisture and the tubers will get mushy and rot. Too little and they shrivel up like mummies. The best way to store them is in a box filled with peat moss, wood shavings or sand. 

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Topics: Dahlias

How to Plant an Indoor Amaryllis Garden

Posted by Danielle Ernest on Dec 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

As a longtime gardener, I love to push the limits to see how creative I can be. While shopping at one of my favorite garden centers, Molbak’s in Woodinville, WA, several ideas for growing amaryllis bulbs came to mind that I haven’t seen others illustrate. One of them being – why hasn’t anyone tried planting amaryllis with other holiday-type plants? This blog post will give you step-by-step instructions for creating an indoor container garden with the same principles applied to outdoor containers and stealing the “thriller, filler, spiller” concept, but for holiday, indoor décor.

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Topics: Home Decor, Indoor Bulbs, Amaryllis, Inspiration

Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Amaryllis and paperwhites may be some of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the Christmas trees and holiday decor come down. Amaryllis have big, bright blooms that are spectacular during the dreary days of winter when we are all sick of seeing gray. If you plant a few paperwhite bulbs each month you'll be able to enjoy fresh flowers and their fragrance all winter long. Even those of us who lack any ability to grow anything more than a rock garden can have success with these winter indoor bulbs! 

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Topics: Home Decor, Indoor Bulbs, Amaryllis, Inspiration, Scilla maderiensis, Paperwhites

Growing Amaryllis with Kids: 6 Fun Projects

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 3, 2015 10:36:24 AM

We find that most kids get just as excited about growing amaryllis as we do. It's hard not to be impressed by the size of the bulbs and flowers that are as big as your head!

If you haven't planted an amaryllis with a child, give one of these projects a try. Or just put a few bulbs out on the table and see what they come up with!

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs, Amaryllis

Amaryllis Bulbs: Why Size Matters

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 16, 2015 2:40:00 PM

During the holiday season, amaryllis bulbs are readily available at a wide range of different prices. Here's how to decide which bulbs are the best value.

Flower bulbs contain stored food energy. When a bulb starts growing, it uses these reserves to fuel its growth and flower production.

Like most bulbs, amaryllis are graded by size -- which is measured in centimeters around the widest part of the bulb. For most amaryllis varieties, bulb sizes typically range from 26 to 36 cm. Larger bulbs have the energy that's needed to produce more stems and more flowers than smaller bulbs:

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Planting Tips for Naturalizing Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM

After months of harsh winter weather, I am desperate for flowers. And to my eyes, there’s nothing more satisfying than a meadow of daffodils: drifts of delicate blossoms, fluttering and dancing in the breeze, blooming in carefree abundance.

Daffodils are the best bulbs for naturalizing. They grow almost anywhere, multiply readily, and the bulbs are inexpensive. In a relatively short time, a hundred bulbs can become thousands, so even if you never plant another bulb, you’ll get a bigger and more impressive show of flowers each year.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Daffodils, Spring Blooming Bulbs

The Flowerhouse - A Blooming Showcase of Past, Present and Future

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 4, 2015 7:30:00 AM

 

It was a signature Michigan autumn evening: crisp, cool and a little windy. The chill in the air didn’t deter the big crowd that gathered to celebrate the 10th and final Field to Vase Dinner and celebration of the Flowerhouse in Hamtramck.

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Topics: Tulips, Dahlias, Inspiration, Peonies

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