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Which Flowers Do Hummingbirds Like Best?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 26, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Hummingbirds are fun to watch and easy to attract. Though their diet typically includes more insects than nectar, they spend a lot of time visiting flowers. Planting the types flowers they prefer, is the best way to encourage frequent visits.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

5 Tips for Long-Lasting Flower Bouquets

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 19, 2015 10:15:00 AM

I love making bouquets from the flowers in my garden and wish I did it more often. Cutting flowers forces me to slow down and admire what's in bloom. With clippers in hand I’m suddenly no longer in a hurry and have time to look around and think about colors and textures and how various flowers will complement each other.

Once I'm back in the house, there’s the pleasure of selecting just the right vase and then arranging the flowers so they’ll look their very best. 

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

Want More Bees in Your Garden? Plant More Flowers!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 12, 2015 6:43:37 AM

Next week is National Pollinator Week, so it’s a great time to think about making your garden more bee-friendly. What's the single best thing you can do? Plant more flowers! The more pollen and nectar you offer, the more pollinators you'll support. Bees are hungry from early spring...

 

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Topics: Garden Design

How to Stretch the Peony Season

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 5, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Late Season Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Peonies are one of America's best-loved perennials. They're also one of the easiest to grow! They can be planted almost anywhere, aren’t troubled by deer or insect pests, and will bloom for generations without a bit of attention.

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Topics: summer-blooming flowers

6 Reasons Your Flower Garden Needs Ornamental Alliums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 29, 2015 10:15:00 AM


Tulip season may be drawing to a close, but I can always count on alliums to grab the baton and lead my garden right into summer. Here are a few of the many reasons I’m a big fan of ornamental alliums:

 

1.  Bloom time. Most alliums flower during that inbetween time when it’s no longer spring and not quite summer. Allium Purple Sensation is one of the earliest to bloom. The bulbs are inexpensive, so it’s easy to plant lots and enjoy a great show.

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Topics: alliums

Planting Your Vegetable Garden? Make Room for Flower Bulbs!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 22, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Vegetable gardens are prettier and a lot more fun when they contain flowers as well as vegetables. Tulips and dahlias are perfect for vegetable gardens. They fill a gap in spring and fall without competing for growing space.

 

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Topics: Spring Planted Bulbs

Spring-Blooming Bulbs: We Want Your Reviews!

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

Darwin Hybrid Mix

Before this beautiful spring weather becomes a distant memory, would you please take a few moments to tell us how your bulbs performed in your garden this spring?

If you planted tulips, daffodils, alliums or any other spring-blooming bulbs from Longfield Gardens, please visit our website and add a review. Your feedback is very important to us...and to other gardeners! 

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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs

How We Select the Best Spring-Flowering Bulbs for Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 8, 2015 10:30:00 AM


If you haven't experienced springtime in Holland, put it on your bucket list. Holland produces more than 4 billion flower bulbs every year -- 80% of the global supply -- and in April, the farm fields in every direction are a patchwork quilt of red, yellow, pink, orange, blue and purple. There are also amazing public gardens, such as the Keukenhof, where you can walk through acres of flowering bulbs.

We visit Holland every spring at peak bloom time to meet with growers, see what's new, and select new varieties and combinations for next season.

 

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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs

Beauty of the Bud

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Apr 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

ABOVE: Early in the bloom time of Tulip Van Eijk, the buds have a sleek silhouette and stand tall ready to burst with beautiful potential.

Spring is a wonderful time of year, especially if you planted tulip bulbs last fall! Depending on your location, you are either seeing tulip foliage push up through the ground, enjoying a full display of flowers or somewhere in between. Last year I planted Darwin Hybrid Tulips Mystic Van Eijk in my front landscape bed and captured the progression of spring as told through the beauty of the tulip bud.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips, Spring Blooming Bulbs, Inspiration

7 Ways to Make Your Shady Garden Shine

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 17, 2015 10:10:00 AM

 

If your yard is shadier than you'd like, you may feel a bit jealous of gardeners with lots of sun. But shade offers some unique design opportunities. Here are a few tips to help you turn those shady areas into places that are as beautiful and exciting as any sunny garden.

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Topics: Garden Design