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Landscaping With Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 31, 2014 12:10:00 PM

It's amazing how a bed of tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs can transform an ordinary yard or garden into a showplace that’s the talk of the neighborhood. These cheery flowers have a big impact, and they're in full bloom when winter-weary eyes need them most (and other landscape plants are still asleep).

Spring bulbs are tough and dependable. They aren't fazed by cold weather, are not fussy about soil, and are happy to grow in sun or shade. Best of all, they require almost no care. Just plant them in the fall and look forward to an incredible burst of spring color.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, daffodils

What to Plant Now: Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 24, 2014 12:10:00 PM

If only have room for one type of tulip in your garden, it should be a Darwin Hybrid. Worldwide, they are the most popular of all tulips and it’s easy to see why.

Darwin Hybrids are big, burly tulips. Their blossoms typically measure 4 to 5” across and have that classic tulip shape: wide at the base with a broad cup and narrower top. The flowers come in a rainbow of rich, saturated colors that range from white through yellow, orange, red, pink and several stunning bi-colors.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Tulips

Make Way for Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 20, 2014 12:10:00 PM

There are thousands of varieties of daffodils, each with its own unique shape, color, size and personality. The American Daffodil Society has classified this big world of daffodils into 13 different divisions. There's no need for you to know which daffodils belong to which division – unless you’re a botanist or daffodil collector. But seeing the full range of possibilities is bound to inspire you. There's always room for more daffodils!

Check out our slide show and more than 30 different varieties of daffodils -- available for shipping and ready for planting right now.

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Topics: daffodils

Protecting Gardens from Deer

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2014 12:45:00 PM

After waiting for months to my see tulips bloom, it's both heartbreaking and infuriating to have them mowed down by deer. But when deer populations are high, and the deer are really hungry, as they are in the spring, gardeners have to be one step ahead.

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Flamboyant Parrot Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 10, 2014 12:10:00 PM

There's nothing shy about parrot tulips. These extroverted spring flowers beg to be admired up close. Their fanciful petals are an over-the-top collection of fringe, ruffles, puckers and dimples, which gives the flowers lots of texture and volume. And, as the blossoms mature, their petals gradually twist and turn, so each flower develops its own unique personality.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers

Fragrant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM

To banish memories of cold, grey winter days, there's nothing more effective than the rainbow colors of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Add some fragrant bulbs and your spring garden becomes twice as delightful!

Which spring-blooming bulbs smell the best? Hyacinths and daffodils top the list, followed by muscari and tulips. Since some varieties are more fragrant than others, we've put together a slide show that makes it easy for you to choose the most fragrant ones -- many of which you'll find right on our website. Here's a link to the slide show: Fragrant Spring Blooming Bulbs.

Shown in the photo are sweet-smelling Tulip Princess Irene and Muscari armeniacum

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Spring Bulbs for Naturalizing

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 2, 2014 12:15:00 PM

The best way to get a big display of spring color without a lot of work, is to plant bulbs that will come back on their own year after year. Spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodilscrocus, scilla, chionodoxa, snowdrops and alliums can fend for themselves with little or no attention and they also multiply -- just a few hundred bulbs can eventually become thousands. 

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Plan Ahead for the First Flowers of Spring

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 29, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Where I live, in zone 4, the ground is frozen solid for at least 4 months of the year. So by late March or early April, I’m outdoors daily, looking for signs of spring.

What a joy it is to see the first snowdrops and crocus poking up through the frozen earth. How do they do it? Not only is the soil still hard as a rock, but one day there’s nothing at all and the next day there are flowers and honeybees.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Crocus, Spring Blooming Flowers

Spring Bloom Times - Enjoy 60 Days of Color!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Sep 24, 2014 3:50:44 PM

In the fall, gardeners make plans to plant flower bulbs for brighter spring gardens, landscapes and bouquets. With a little understanding and forethought, you can extend your flowering season by choosing the right bulbs that bloom one right after another for up to 60 days!

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Breeding a Better Tulip

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 25, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Gardeners have been planting tulips since the 1500s. Those early tulips were essentially wildflowers, imported from Turkey. Though beautiful, their blossoms were no bigger than your thumb. Thanks to plant breeders in Holland and elsewhere, today’s tulips have larger flowers, taller, stronger stems, and are available in hundreds of different colors.

To produce a bigger and better tulip, plant breeders hybridize two genetically different plants. The new generation of plants displays characteristics from each parent, and over time, the breeder selects offspring that display the most desirable traits.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips