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Kath LaLiberte

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Bartzella: The YELLOW Peony

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 03, 2017
Thinking about adding a new peony to your garden this year? With so many gorgeous varieties to choose from, it can be hard to pick a favorite. Here’s how to make that decision easy: plant a yellow one! Most garden peonies have blossoms that are red, pink or white. To get yellow flowers, breeders needed to cross a standard herbaceous
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Topics: Big Blooms , Peonies , Perennials

Shake Up Your Garden With Elephant Ears

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 22, 2017
Want to add add some excitement and personality to your garden this summer? Plant elephant ears! These tropical plants can grow up to 7 feet tall, with leaves as long as your arm. Elephant ears have always been popular in Florida and other parts of the deep south, but these days they’re being grown nearly everywhere in the country
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Topics: Foliage Plants , Spring Planted Bulbs

Time to Jump Start Your Tuberous Begonias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 16, 2017
For bold color in shady gardens, it’s hard to beat tuberous begonias. These lush, heat-loving plants have attractive foliage and big, rose-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to frost. Planted in window boxes, hanging baskets, decorative urns or garden beds, tuberous begonias make it easy to dress up any outdoor living space. Imagine how great they’d look at
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Topics: Shade Plants , Summer Blooming Bulbs

New Dahlias and a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 10, 2017
January seemed to last forever. Thankfully it’s now in the rear view window and I can start thinking about what to plant in my cutting garden. As usual, 80% of it will be devoted to dahlias. So the only question is… which ones?
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

Amaryllis: The Beauty of the Bud

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 16, 2016
If you have been in a high end floral shop recently, you may have noticed a growing trend: amaryllis as cut flowers. I don’t know if this has been driven by supply (commercial growers) or demand (floral designers), but it’s great to see. On their own or as part of a larger arrangement, amaryllis flowers are surprising, glamorous
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

How to Know When Amaryllis Bulbs Will Flower

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 02, 2016
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
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Topics: Amaryllis , Big Blooms , Indoor Bulbs

Decorate Your Entryway for the Holidays

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 18, 2016
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

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 04, 2016
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
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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
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
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Overwinter Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 21, 2016
  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,
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Topics: Dahlias , How-To

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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.