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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If you visit a high end floral shop during the winter months, it’s likely you’ll see lots of amaryllis. Floral designers are crazy for these big-blooming flower bulbs, because the blossoms are bold, elegant and long-lasting.
For me, amaryllis are a necessity. I always feel a bit lost during the winter when I can’t be in my garden. Planting amaryllis bulbs and watching them grow is both comforting and satisfying. It’s just enough like gardening to keep me sane while I’m waiting to get my hands back in the soil.
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If you have been in a high end floral shop recently, you may have noticed a growing trend: amaryllis as cut flowers. I don’t know if this has been driven by supply (commercial growers) or demand (floral designers), but it’s great to see. On their own or as part of a larger arrangement, these flowers are surprising, glamorous and
The halls are decked and the weather is turning colder. It’s that time of the year when we all begin scrambling for holiday gifts for everyone on our list. In addition to all the other preparations leading up to the holidays, gift-giving can be stressful if you let it! Fortunately, I found a way to give a thoughtful, unique and beautiful gift that involves
If you recently purchased amaryllis bulbs and are wondering when they will bloom, read on! Watching and waiting is all part of the fun, but this post will give you a good idea of what to expect. There are at least three variables that influence amaryllis bloom time. It’s a combination of where the bulb was produced, when
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As a longtime gardener, I love to push the limits to see how creative I can be. While shopping at one of my favorite garden centers, Molbak’s in Woodinville, WA, several ideas for growing amaryllis bulbs came to mind that I haven’t seen others illustrate. One of them being – why hasn’t anyone tried planting amaryllis
Amaryllis and paperwhites may be some of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the Christmas trees and holiday decor come down. Amaryllis have big, bright blooms that are spectacular during the dreary days of winter when we are all sick of seeing gray. If you plant a few
We find that most kids get just as excited about growing amaryllis as we do. It’s hard not to be impressed by the size of the bulbs and flowers that are as big as your head! If you haven’t planted an amaryllis with a child, give one of these projects a try. Or just put a few bulbs out on the table and see what
If you live in an area where winter has been ‘exciting,’ you are no stranger to snow storms. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you are also familiar with what snow days can do to your previously well-planned day. As a full-time work at home parent, a snow day for me means my children
I’m a plant lover and it’s hard for me to throw out a plant — especially a houseplant. I tend to keep them around for years. Like the Christmas cactus in my office that my son brought home from first grade…back in 1994. But I feel differently about amaryllis. Storing amaryllis bulbs from one year to the