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Kath LaLiberte

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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

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016
For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we’re busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we’re planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Flowers

Planting Tulip Bulbs in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 07, 2016
    I don’t know about you, but I can never find enough space for all the tulips I want to grow. There are so many colors and styles and bloom times. So many creative combinations waiting to happen. Planting tulips bulbs goes fast. My challenge is finding places to put them all. At my
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Topics: Tulips

Muscari: The Special Sauce for Your Spring Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 30, 2016
  If you love flowers, Holland’s Keukenhof gardens should definitely be on your bucket list. When you’re there, you will see a LOT of muscari. That’s because these grape-scented flowers, commonly known as grape hyacinths, are the perfect companion for every spring-blooming bulb. Here are 6 reasons you should be planting them this fall:
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Topics: Muscari

Bloom Time Chart for Allium Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 22, 2016
If you’re one of the many gardeners who have fallen in love with alliums, our new bloom time chart could get you into some trouble. We have organized the 12 most popular alliums by height, flower size and bloom time, so it’s easy to see at a glance which types of alliums you have and which ones you
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Topics: Alliums , Garden Design

How to Use Alliums in a Naturalistic Garden Design

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 15, 2016
There’s nothing subtle about alliums. Their round flower heads and slender, leafless stems make them look like exclamation points in the landscape. Though alliums have big personalities, these spring-blooming bulbs are incredibly versatile. The following garden design was created by Columbus-based garden designer Nick McCullough, and it shows how effectively
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Topics: Alliums

Where to Plant Fall Bulbs: There’s Always Room for More

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 08, 2016
  Summer is fading fast and soon it will be time for sweaters, warm tea and… bulb planting. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to pull out all the stops and go wild with color. (That’s tulip Princess Irene and muscari armeniacum above.) Spring-blooming flower bulbs already contain everything they need to produce fabulous flowers. All you have to do
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs

Best Daffodils for Naturalizing

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 01, 2016
Nothing shouts, “spring” like daffodils. Their sunny flowers, blooming in carefree abundance, are the perfect tonic after a long winter. Daffodils make it easy to create an ever more impressive show of color. As soon as the bulbs have finished blooming, they get right to work storing up energy for the next spring. As the bulbs replenish their
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Topics: Daffodils

Long-Lasting Tulips and Daffodils? Start Here

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 25, 2016
Spring-flowering bulbs have got to be tough. On an early spring day, it can be freezing in the morning and 80 degrees by afternoon. Climate change is intensifying these temperatures swings, especially on the warm end of the spectrum. So to help gardeners cope, we are using our trial garden to identify bulb varieties with superior staying power;
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Topics: Daffodils , 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.