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Amaryllis: The Beauty of the Bud

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 16, 2016
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, amaryllis flowers are surprising, glamorous
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

Amaryllis: A Simple Gift

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 09, 2016
The halls are decked, the weather is turning colder and it’s that time of the year when we all scramble for holiday gifts for everyone on our list. In addition to all the other preparations leading up to the holidays, gifting can be stressful if you let it! Fortunately, I found a way to give a thoughtful, unique and beautiful gift
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Topics: Amaryllis , Gardening with Kids , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration

How to Know When Amaryllis Bulbs Will Flower

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Dec 02, 2016
If you recently purchased an amaryllis bulb and are wondering when it will bloom, read on! Though watching and waiting is all part of the fun, this post will give you a good idea of what to expect. There are at least three variables that influence amaryllis bloom time: where the bulb was produced, when you plant it
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Topics: Amaryllis , Big Blooms , Indoor Bulbs

Decorate Your Entryway for the Holidays

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 18, 2016
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, now is the perfect time to get your entryway freshened up for the holiday season. Say goodbye to those faded mums, sad pumpkins and yellowing ornamental cabbages. Bring on the evergreen boughs, red berries and twinkling lights!
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Topics: Home Decor , Inspiration

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

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016
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
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Overwinter Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 21, 2016
  Dahlias are heat loving plants that grow best with lots of sun, 80 to 90 degree temperatures and nice warm soil. Unlike most annuals and perennials, they are at their best in late summer and they keep right on blooming right through the fall. But as they say, all good things must come to an end,
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Topics: Dahlias , How-To

How to Protect Fall Bulbs From Chipmunks and Squirrels

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2016
For gardeners, fall is planting time for tulips, daffodils, alliums and other spring-blooming bulbs. While we’re busy planting our bulbs, chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering nuts, berries and seeds for the winter ahead. If you’re a rodent working hard to fill up your food cache, the flower bulbs we’re planting are buried treasure: tasty, nutritious and easy
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Flowers

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 tulips bulbs goes fast. My challenge is finding places to put them all. At my
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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.