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Kath LaLiberte

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How to Use Amaryllis as Cut Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 27, 2017
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.
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Topics: Amaryllis , Amaryllis and Paperwhites , Cut Flowers , Indoor Bulbs

Planted Your Fall Bulbs Yet? There’s Still Time!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 14, 2017
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.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Shredded Leaves are Garden Gold

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 07, 2017
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.
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Topics: How-To

How to Protect Flower Bulbs from Voles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 01, 2017
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.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Amaryllis With a Difference: Unusual Colors and Flower Styles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 23, 2017
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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Topics: Amaryllis , Amaryllis and Paperwhites , Indoor Bulbs

Love Alliums? Check Out Our New Planning Guide

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 10, 2017
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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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Out with the Tomatoes, In with the Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 03, 2017
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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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

There’s Always Room for Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 25, 2017
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.
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Discover the Beauty of Double Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on
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,
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Striped Tulips in the Spotlight

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 19, 2017
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
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

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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.

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