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How to Grow Dahlias in a Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 20, 2017
It’s midsummer and the dahlias are coming on strong. This year, my cutting garden is filled with 70 of these solar-powered flower-producing machines. Hopefully this is the peak of my dahlia obsession and I’ll be able to scale back next year. (Yeah, right?) These plants have already been pushing out blossoms for several weeks, and will continue blooming right through
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Blooming Flowers

8 Tips for Growing Better Lilies

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 05, 2017
Lilies have an elegance few other flowers can rival. With such big, exotic-looking blossoms, it seems like they’d be tricky to grow. But they’re not! Here are eight tips to help you succeed with these gorgeous summer-blooming flower bulbs.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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

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

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

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 now 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

American Flowers Week Promotes Locally-Grown Cut Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 30, 2016
The “buy local” movement has transformed our country’s food system, and now the same thing is happening in the cut flower industry. As with food, this locally grown movement couldn’t be happening without the creativity and hard work of flower farmers from Maine to California. Credit also goes to a cadre of activists who are working to raise awareness
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Topics: Cut Flowers

Make Way for Lilies: How to Fit More Lily Bulbs in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 18, 2016
I love lilies and every spring I somehow manage to find room for more of them. Since my flowerbeds are already packed with plants and my garden isn’t getting any bigger, I have had to get creative about where to put them. A few years ago, I started planting lilies in 1 and 2-gallon nursery pots. I got the idea from
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs

Field to Vase Event Celebrates Locally-Grown Cut Flowers

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Sep 30, 2015
Recently, Longfield Gardens sponsored an event that is very dear to us – supporting American grown cut flowers. The Field to Vase Dinner was held in Mt. Vernon, Washington, about an hour and a half north of Seattle. As I drove to Jello Mold Farm, I couldn’t wait to see the beautiful fields of dahlias, zinnias and other
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Topics: Color Trends , Cut Flowers , Inspiration , Tulips

How to Make a Hand-Tied Flower Arrangement in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 07, 2015
One of the best things about having a flower garden is being able to share the riches. Everyone loves getting flowers, and it’s extra special when they come from your own garden. Hand-tied arrangements like the one above are an easy and impressive way to share your homegrown flowers. They’re perfect for hostess gifts and
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Flowers

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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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