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.
Longfield Gardens Blog
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;
When the spring bulb season comes to an end, gardeners often wonder what to do about the spent flowers and fading foliage. The answer depends on whether you are treating the bulbs as annuals or perennials. Spring bulbs as annuals Though most spring bulbs are hardy perennials and will return year after year, many people plant fresh bulbs every
We try our best to show you what our flower bulbs will really look like when they bloom in your garden. One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a trial garden where we grow and photograph most of the varieties that we sell. But flowers are living things with a presence and personality, and getting all
Though the calendar says we still have a couple more weeks of winter, in many parts of the country, spring flower bulbs are already up and starting to bloom. Winter-weary gardeners are giving a collective sigh of relief and patting themselves on the back for making time to plant flower bulbs last fall.
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
I don’t care what the calendar says. At my house it’s not spring until I can see a flower in bloom. That’s why I count on snowdrops, crocuses and chionodoxa to fill my year with more spring and less winter. Snowdrops are the first spring bulbs to bloom in my garden. In fact, I start looking for them while there’s still snow
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
If you haven’t already ordered your allium bulbs, now’s the time! Like tulips and daffodils, ornamental alliums are planted in the fall for flowers next spring and early summer. Which alliums are you planting this fall? Many people don’t realize that there are more than a dozen different types of ornamental alliums. Some, like Globemaster (shown
Hybrid tulips such as Rosy Delight, shown above in our trial gardens last spring, are outstanding performers and a great choice for any spring flower garden. What makes hybrid tulips so special? Hybrids are nature’s way of increasing genetic diversity and giving plants an extra measure of vigor. Nature creates hybrids when wind or insects move pollen
Holland’s flower bulb breeders are always working on something new. One development we’ve been watching closely is a range of new tulip varieties with built-in color variations. In some cases these tulips change color over time and in others, a single variety produces flowers in several different colors. This year, we are excited to be