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How to Know When Amaryllis Bulbs Will Flower

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 2, 2016 4:00:00 PM

If you recently purchased an amaryllis bulb and are wondering when it will bloom, read on! Though watching and waiting is all part of the fun, this post will give you a good idea of what to expect.

There are at least three variables that influence amaryllis bloom time: where the bulb was produced, when you plant it and which variety you’re growing. 

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs, Amaryllis, Big Blooms

Decorate Your Entryway for the Holidays

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, now is the perfect time to get your entryway freshened up for the holiday season. Say goodbye to those faded mums, sad pumpkins and yellowing ornamental cabbages. Bring on the evergreen boughs, red berries and twinkling lights!

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Topics: Home Decor, Inspiration

The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016 4:00:00 PM


Daffodils blooming means spring has arrived and warmer days are ahead! I love seeing their bright yellow, orange and white blossoms popping up all over my garden and landscape. Unfortunately, daffodil foliage that hangs around too long is not what I wanted to see in my garden, so I needed a solution!

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Daffodils, Spring Blooming Bulbs, Garden Design, Inspiration, Foliage Plants, Perennials, How-To

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 4, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they have so much going for them:

  • they’re blue
  • they make ideal companions
  • they come back year after year
  • they smell like grape juice
  • the foliage fades away quickly
  • deer and rodents rarely bother them
  • they are easy to grow in pots 
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Muscari, Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs are a beautiful addition to any garden and they are also some of the best bulbs for “forcing”.

Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even months before they would normally flower outdoors. Forcing hyacinth bulbs is easier than you might think. Read on to learn how you can have them blooming on your windowsill this February and March.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Bulbs, Fragrant Flowers, How-To

How to Overwinter Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 21, 2016 4:00:00 PM


Dahlias are heat loving plants that grow best with lots of sun, 80 to 90 degree temperatures and nice warm soil. Unlike most annuals and perennials, they are at their best in late summer and they keep right on blooming right through the fall.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and by late October or early November, dahlias are finally wrapping it up. At this point, you can either treat them as annuals and plant a fresh batch of tubers next spring, or save the tubers from the varieties you really like and grow them again next year. Overwintering dahlias is easier than you might think. Read on for some easy, step-by-step instructions.

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Topics: Dahlias, How-To

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016 4:00:00 PM

For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we're busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we're planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy to transport.

It's heartbreaking to have your flower bulbs become dinner for some pesky critter. Read on for some easy planting tips that can help you keep your fall bulbs safe from chipmunks and squirrels.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, How-To

Planting Tulip Bulbs in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 7, 2016 4:00:00 PM



I don't know about you, but I can never find enough space for all the tulips I want to grow. There are so many colors and styles and bloom times. So many creative combinations waiting to happen. Planting tulips bulbs goes fast. My challenge is finding places to put them all.

At my house, tulips get tucked into every available space in perennial beds and shrub borders. I also plant them near the front door, along the front walk and in pots to be stored over the winter. When it's tulip season, the overall effect is gorgeous, with splashes of color everywhere you turn.

Yet I still yearn for more. Tulips look so amazing when they're planted by the hundreds and what I really crave is big blocks of color like you see in public gardens.

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Topics: Tulips

Muscari: The Special Sauce for Your Spring Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 30, 2016 4:00:00 PM


If you love flowers, Holland’s Keukenhof gardens should definitely be on your bucket list. When you're there, you will see a LOT of muscari. That's because these grape-scented flowers, commonly known as grape hyacinths, are the perfect companion for every spring-blooming bulb. Here are 6 reasons you should be planting them this fall:

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Topics: Muscari

Bloom Time Chart for Allium Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

If you're one of the many gardeners who have fallen in love with alliums, our new bloom time chart could get you into some trouble. We have organized the 12 most popular alliums by height, flower size and bloom time, so it's easy to see at a glance which types of alliums you have and which ones you still need to get!

It's impossible to predict exactly when a plant will bloom, but this chart is a good reference for the bloom time sequence you can expect. Choose alliums that bloom early, mid and late in the season, and you'll have flowers from late spring to midsummer.

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Topics: Alliums, Garden Design


Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.