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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

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

Know Your Dahlias: Flower Styles and Sizes

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 18, 2016
Dahlias make it easy to keep your garden colorful from late summer through fall. As other annuals and perennials are starting to fade, dahlias are turning on the flower power in an all out effort to dazzle and amaze — all the way to the first frost. With thousands of dahlia varieties to choose from, part of the
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Topics: Dahlias

Top Performing Dahlias for Summer 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 11, 2016
It’s dahlia season and the plants in our New Jersey trial garden are starting to hit their stride. Where I live, in northern Vermont, my dahlias have been blooming for almost a month already. The weather has been ideal for them — warm, sunny and a bit on the dry side. Summers are relatively short here in growing zone 4,
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Topics: Dahlias

Planting Dahlias in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 12, 2016
One thing all dahlia lovers have in common is a shortage of growing space. No matter how big your garden is, there are always more must-have varieties than you have room for. Last spring, I filled up my cutting garden and perennial beds with plants I had started in my greenhouse and still had 6 or 8 extra dahlias. I could have given them
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Making an Impact With Border Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 31, 2016
The only way to really understand a plant is to grow it yourself. So in our business, we wind up growing a lot of plants. We have a large trial garden behind our offices where we test new varieties and monitor the performance of others. Most of us also have our own home gardens. The gardening and landscaping that we do
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Topics: Dahlias , Garden Design , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Bulbs

New Dahlias for 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 26, 2016
This year’s dahlias will be arriving in our warehouse very soon and today we’re offering a sneak peek at some of the new varieties in our 2016 assortment. For some, it’s the first time they have been available in the U.S., which means you can be among the first to grow them in your garden. These new-for-2016 varieties include:
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Topics: Dahlias

Overwintering Dahlias? Time To Check the Tubers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 07, 2016
I was in the basement last weekend planting the last of my amaryllis bulbs, and decided I’d better check on the dahlia tubers. If you have tubers stored away for next spring, this is a good time to see how they’re doing. The key to successfully overwintering dahlias is to keep the tubers properly hydrated. When spring comes, you want them to be
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Topics: Dahlias

The Flowerhouse – A Blooming Showcase of Past, Present and Future

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 04, 2015
  It was a signature Michigan autumn evening: crisp, cool and a little windy. The chill in the air didn’t deter the big crowd that gathered to celebrate the 10th and final Field to Vase Dinner and celebration of the Flowerhouse in Hamtramck.
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Peonies , Tulips

Dahlias from Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 17, 2015
  Sometimes flowers take you by surprise and seem to burst into bloom overnight. But more often, it’s a slower process that happens over days or even weeks. Watching and waiting is all part of the fun. Now that it’s midsummer, dahlias are hitting their stride and pumping out buds by the dozens. At first
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs

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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.