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Striped Tulips in the Spotlight

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 19, 2017
Want to stand out in a crowd? Try wearing stripes. It works for tulips! When our spring trial garden is in bloom, it’s a kaleidoscope of color. We plant 25,000 flower bulbs each fall, including more than a hundred varieties of tulips. During April and May, there’s so much color going on, that it’s hard
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

This Year’s Staff Favorites for Fall Planting

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 14, 2017
Free flower bulbs is one of the perks that we enjoy as employees of Longfield Gardens. So as you might imagine, when it’s fall planting season, most of us wind up bringing home lots of flower bulbs for our home gardens! It’s a great opportunity to see how these varieties perform, and along the way, everyone finds a few favorites. As you are putting together your fall
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Fritillaria imperialis: Time to Plant Pineapple Lilies

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 12, 2017
I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to grow Fritillaria imperialis. I guess I thought these exotic-looking flowers would be difficult.  But now I can tell you: exotic they are, but difficult they’re not. Here are a few things to love about Fritillaria imperialis, also known as crown imperial or pineapple lilies.
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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

New Flirty Fleurs Designer Collections for Fall Planting

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 06, 2017
September is here and it’s time to order your spring-blooming flower bulbs! Our new designer bulb collections can inspire you with uncommon varieties and unexpected color combinations for fall planting. Working with floral designer Alicia Schwede of, we are introducing three gorgeous new flower bulb collections for fall 2017. All are based on arrangements that Alicia
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Muscari: Perfect Partners for Spring Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 30, 2017
This year, when you’re ordering your fall bulbs, make sure to include some muscari. These carefree bulbs — better known as grape hyacinths — are beautiful on their own, but what muscari really excel at is collaborating. Their compact height and soothing blue hues bring out the best in whatever flowers are nearby.
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Topics: Inspiration , Muscari , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How Was Your Spring Bulb Garden?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 31, 2017
One of the best things about a spring bulb garden is the surprise factor.  When I plant bulbs in the fall, I usually have a plan as to color combinations and placement. But by the time spring arrives, it’s hard to remember which varieties I planted and where I put them. Sound familiar?
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring 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

Our Top 10 Daffodils and Why We Love Them

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 25, 2017
If I had to choose my favorite daffodil, I’d probably pick a yellow one with a big trumpet. Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much more to offer!
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Topics: Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs

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

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 04, 2016
Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they have so much going for them: they’re blue they make ideal companions they come back year after year they smell like grape juice the foliage fades away quickly deer and rodents rarely bother them they are
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Muscari , Spring Blooming Bulbs


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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