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The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016
  Daffodils blooming means spring has arrived and warmer days are ahead! I love seeing their bright yellow, orange and white blossoms popping up all over my garden and landscape. Unfortunately, daffodil foliage that hangs around too long is not what I wanted to see in my garden, so I needed a solution!
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Foliage Plants , Garden Design , How-To , Inspiration , Perennials , Spring Blooming 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

Celebrating Spring Bulbs – From Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 07, 2016
One of the best things about spring-flowering bulbs is how quickly they come into bloom. At the first sign of warmer weather, they practically leap from the ground and burst into flower.  Spring bulbs are uniquely adapted to being the first flowers on the scene. Their buds aren’t bothered by freezing temperatures and are able
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

Planting Tips for Naturalizing Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 12, 2015
After months of harsh winter weather, I am desperate for flowers. And to my eyes, there’s nothing more satisfying than a meadow of daffodils: drifts of delicate blossoms, fluttering and dancing in the breeze, blooming in carefree abundance. Daffodils are the best bulbs for naturalizing. They grow almost anywhere, multiply readily, and the bulbs are
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Perfect Pairs: 3 Ways to Combine Muscari with Tulips or Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 22, 2015
We plant more than 10,000 flower bulbs in our trial gardens each fall. That’s a lot of bulbs and it takes more than a week to plant them all, but there’s no better way to evaluate performance, check heights and bloom times, and experiment with mixes and combinations. During April and May the garden is
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Muscari , Tulips

Are You Ready to Enjoy an AMAZING Bulb Garden Next Spring?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Aug 12, 2015
Fall is for planting and our new Around the House Inspiration Book is filled with creative planting ideas for every location around your home! It’s available now as a free download — and here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside: 
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Muscari , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

How We Select the Best Spring-Flowering Bulbs for Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 08, 2015
If you haven’t experienced springtime in Holland, put it on your bucket list. Holland produces more than 4 billion flower bulbs every year — 80% of the global supply — and in April, the farm fields in every direction are a patchwork quilt of red, yellow, pink, orange, blue and purple. There are also amazing
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Landscaping With Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 31, 2014
It’s amazing how a bed of tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs can transform an ordinary yard or garden into a showplace that’s the talk of the neighborhood. These cheery flowers have a big impact, and they’re in full bloom when winter-weary eyes need them most (and other landscape plants are still asleep). Spring bulbs
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Make Way for Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 20, 2014
There are thousands of varieties of daffodils, each with its own unique shape, color, size and personality. The American Daffodil Society has classified this big world of daffodils into 13 different divisions. There’s no need for you to know which daffodils belong to which division – unless you’re a botanist or daffodil collector. But seeing
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Topics: Daffodils

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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.