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Kath LaLiberte

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American Flowers Week: Make a Flower Arrangement and Join the Fun

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 21, 2017
Next week is American Flowers Week and we are inviting you to help celebrate! This annual event is designed to raise awareness about the value of locally grown cut flowers. To participate, you don’t need to be a flower farmer, flower shop owner or floral design studio. If you love cutting and arranging flowers, you’re
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Topics: Cut Flowers

5 Tips for a More Bee-Friendly Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 15, 2017
Many years ago, I had a neighbor who was a beekeeper. We used to joke about him giving me a discount on honey, because I was sure his bees spent most of their time in my flower garden. I didn’t know how true that was until he moved away and the bees went with him!
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , How-To , Summer Blooming Flowers

8 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 07, 2017
Dahlia fever is running wild through the gardening world and there’s no sign of it stopping anytime soon.  If you have caught the dahlia bug, here are eight tips for growing bigger, better flowers this summer.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

How Was Your Spring Bulb Garden?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 31, 2017
One of the best things about a spring bulb garden is the surprise factor.  When I plant bulbs in the fall, I usually have a plan as to color combinations and placement. But by the time spring arrives, it’s hard to remember which varieties I planted and where I put them. Sound familiar?
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

High Impact Container Gardens

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 24, 2017
If I were hiring a garden designer to plant the containers around my front door, I’d expect to get something pretty special.  Big, dramatic plants in unique and surprising combinations. Container gardens that get talked about and that look fabulous every single day from summer through fall.
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Topics: Container Plants , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Another Reason to Love Ornamental Alliums: Seed Heads!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 17, 2017
The big, round flower heads of ornamental alliums are irresistible — at least they are to me. My gardens now contain about a dozen different types, yet still I crave more. There’s just something so unexpected and playful about them. These hardy and reliable perennials are also long-blooming, pollinator-friendly and seemingly immune to diseases and pests, including deer.
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Topics: Alliums , Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Landscaping Made Easy With Caladiums

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 09, 2017
My idea of a great summer weekend is spending 10 or 15 hours in the garden. But I know not everyone feels the same, and that includes Longfield Gardens co-owner Pete Langeveld. Pete has one of the nicest yards in his neighborhood, with neatly landscaped beds and tons of color all summer long. He loves gardening, but with a busy
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Our Top 10 Daffodils and Why We Love Them

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 25, 2017
If I had to choose my favorite daffodil, I’d probably pick a yellow one with a big trumpet. Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much more to offer!
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Topics: Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Fresh Ideas for Growing Cannas in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 19, 2017
There is nothing subtle about cannas. With their big leaves, impressive height and vibrant, orchid-like flowers, these flashy extroverts love being the center of attention. Finding new and creative ways to use all that exuberant energy is exactly what makes them so fun to grow. Read on for some inspiration!
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Topics: Container Plants , Foliage Plants , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs

Growing Lily of the Valley: Tips and Tales

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 12, 2017
Lily of the valley has a long and fascinating history.  Over the centuries, these fragrant little blossoms have inspired stories, songs, poetry, festivals and folk traditions. When I was a child, singing rounds was a big thing and my favorite was always: White coral bells upon a slender stalk Lilies of the valley line my garden walk.
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Topics: Fragrant Flowers , Perennials


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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