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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Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs are a beautiful addition to any garden and they are also some of the best bulbs for “forcing”. Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even months before they would normally flower outdoors. Forcing hyacinth bulbs is easier than
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
The world’s flower farmers produce about 8.5 billion flower bulbs every year — and 80% of them are grown in Holland. Others try, but it’s difficult to compete with hundreds of years of experience and Holland’s almost perfect growing conditions for spring bulbs: sandy soil, cool and moist spring weather, and warm, relatively dry
One of the best things about spring-flowering bulbs is how quickly they come into bloom. At the first sign of warmer weather, they practically leap from the ground and burst into flower. Spring bulbs are uniquely adapted to being the first flowers on the scene. Their buds aren’t bothered by freezing temperatures and are able
Flower bulbs are an easy way to boost the amount of color in your yard and garden. By choosing bulbs that flower at different times during the growing season, you can be sure to always have something beautiful coming into bloom. Our new bloom time chart (shown below) lets you see at a glance when each type of flower bulb comes
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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.
Like most flowers gardens, yours probably looks its best in June. That’s peak bloom time for classics like peonies, bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, clematis, campanulas, baptisia and delphiniums. As summer progresses, we all struggle to maintain that same intensity of flower power. Continuous color is what we want! As you think about the
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