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Planted Your Fall Bulbs Yet? There’s Still Time!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 14, 2017
Flower bulbs are incredibly forgiving. This fact is driven home to us every year when we start planting fall bulbs in our New Jersey trial garden. We always intend to get this project underway sooner, but have accepted the fact that for us, planting rarely happens before Thanksgiving.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Protect Flower Bulbs from Voles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 01, 2017
Voles are cute little mouse-like rodents with long tails and big appetites. Unlike moles, which are carnivores, voles are strictly herbivores. They eat plant roots and tubers, mushrooms, berries, seeds and nuts, and the bark of shrubs and small trees. And, unfortunately, they have a special fondness for flower bulbs.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Love Alliums? Check Out Our New Planning Guide

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 10, 2017
Every garden looks better with alliums. Their globe-like flowers are big attention-getters that add structure, motion and personality wherever they are planted. These fall-planted bulbs will grow almost anywhere. They’re not bothered by deer, rabbits and other garden pests, yet they are magnets for bees and butterflies!
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Topics: Alliums , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Out with the Tomatoes, In with the Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 03, 2017
Wouldn’t it be fun to plant a LOT of tulips this fall? Maybe 200. Or why not 500? Enough to have your own spring cutting garden with a full range of flower styles and bloom times. To finally experience some of the varieties you have only seen in photographs. To inject a big shot of color
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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

There’s Always Room for Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 25, 2017
This guest post about daffodils was written by Melinda Myers, nationally-known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist . Daffodils are probably my favorite spring flowering bulbs. Their cheery color, animal resistance and versatility makes it easy to incorporate them into any size landscape. Plus, the variety of bloom times gives you flowers for the entire spring season.
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

Discover the Beauty of Double Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on
Classic daffodils are easy to recognize. They have a prominent trumpet surrounded by six petals. Double daffodils look completely different. They have at least one extra layer of petals and no sign of a trumpet! With double daffodils, there is little difference between the perianth (petals) and the corona (trumpet). Both of these flower parts look like petals,
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Topics: Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Uncategorized

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 flirtyfleurs.com, 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

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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.

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