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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

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

Planting Tulip Bulbs in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 07, 2016
  I don’t know about you, but I can never find enough space for all the tulips I want to grow. There are so many colors and styles and bloom times. So many creative combinations waiting to happen. Planting tulip bulbs goes fast. My challenge is finding places to put them all. At my house,
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Topics: Tulips

Long-Lasting Tulips and Daffodils? Start Here

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 25, 2016
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;
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

New Tulip Bulbs for Fall 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 07, 2016
Tulip bulbs make it easy to paint a masterpiece with spring-blooming flowers. This year’s lineup of new varieties offers some unexpected color combinations and unusual flower styles that are sure to inspire your creativity.
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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

How We Select the Best Flower Bulbs for Your Spring Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 05, 2016
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
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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

Celebrating Spring Bulbs – From Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 07, 2016
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
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

The Flowerhouse – A Blooming Showcase of Past, Present and Future

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 04, 2015
  It was a signature Michigan autumn evening: crisp, cool and a little windy. The chill in the air didn’t deter the big crowd that gathered to celebrate the 10th and final Field to Vase Dinner and celebration of the Flowerhouse in Hamtramck.
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Topics: Dahlias , Inspiration , Peonies , Tulips

Perfect Pairs: 3 Ways to Combine Muscari with Tulips or Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 22, 2015
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
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Muscari , Tulips

How to Protect Tulip Bulbs From Voles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 08, 2015
Meadow voles are harmless creatures and actually pretty cute, but for gardeners they can be a big nuisance. These furry, mouse-like rodents are voracious eaters. Their favorite foods include flower bulbs and tubers, root crops like carrots and beets, and the roots of ornamental plants. They also chew on the bark of shrubs and small
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Topics: Tulips


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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