If you visit a high end floral shop during the winter months, it’s likely you’ll see lots of amaryllis. Floral designers are crazy for these big-blooming flower bulbs, because the blossoms are bold, elegant and long-lasting.
Flower bulbs are incredibly forgiving. This fact is driven home to us every year when we start planting fall bulbs in our New Jersey trial garden. We always intend to get this project underway sooner, but have accepted the fact that for us, planting rarely happens before Thanksgiving.
Raking leaves may not be your favorite thing to do on a beautiful fall day. But rather than thinking of it as a chore, think of it as harvesting! For gardeners, shredded leaves are the season’s most abundant – and most valuable crop.
Voles are cute little mouse-like rodents with long tails and big appetites. Unlike moles, which are carnivores, voles are strictly herbivores. They eat plant roots and tubers, mushrooms, berries, seeds and nuts, and the bark of shrubs and small trees. And, unfortunately, they have a special fondness for flower bulbs.
For me, amaryllis are a necessity. I always feel a bit lost during the winter when I can’t be in my garden. Planting amaryllis bulbs and watching them grow is both comforting and satisfying. It’s just enough like gardening to keep me sane while I’m waiting to get my hands back in the soil.
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Every garden looks better with alliums. Their globe-like flowers are big attention-getters that add structure, motion and personality wherever they are planted. These fall-planted bulbs will grow almost anywhere. They’re not bothered by deer, rabbits and other garden pests, yet they are magnets for bees and butterflies!
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Wouldn’t it be fun to plant a LOT of tulips this fall? Maybe 200. Or why not 500? Enough to have your own spring cutting garden with a full range of flower styles and bloom times. To finally experience some of the varieties you have only seen in photographs. To inject a big shot of color
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This guest post about daffodils was written by Melinda Myers, nationally-known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist . Daffodils are probably my favorite spring flowering bulbs. Their cheery color, animal resistance and versatility makes it easy to incorporate them into any size landscape. Plus, the variety of bloom times gives you flowers for the entire spring season.
Classic daffodils are easy to recognize. They have a prominent trumpet surrounded by six petals. Double daffodils look completely different. They have at least one extra layer of petals and no sign of a trumpet! With double daffodils, there is little difference between the perianth (petals) and the corona (trumpet). Both of these flower parts look like petals,
Want to stand out in a crowd? Try wearing stripes. It works for tulips! When our spring trial garden is in bloom, it’s a kaleidoscope of color. We plant 25,000 flower bulbs each fall, including more than a hundred varieties of tulips. During April and May, there’s so much color going on, that it’s hard
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.