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Amaryllis: A Simple Gift for the Holidays

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

Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 11, 2015
Amaryllis and paperwhites may be some of the easiest bulbs to grow. They are the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the Christmas trees and holiday decor come down. Amaryllis have big, bright blooms that are spectacular during the dreary days of winter when we are all sick of seeing gray. If you plant a few
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Topics: Amaryllis , Home Decor , Indoor Bulbs , Inspiration , Paperwhites , Scilla maderiensis

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

Are You Ready to Enjoy an AMAZING Bulb Garden Next Spring?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Aug 12, 2015
Fall is for planting and our new Around the House Inspiration Book is filled with creative planting ideas for every location around your home! It’s available now as a free download — and here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside: 
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Muscari , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

Beauty of the Bud

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Apr 24, 2015
ABOVE: Early in the bloom time of Tulip Van Eijk, the buds have a sleek silhouette and stand tall ready to burst with beautiful potential. Spring is a wonderful time of year, especially if you planted tulip bulbs last fall! Depending on your location, you are either seeing tulip foliage push up through the ground, enjoying
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

How Big Will Your Flowers Bloom?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 13, 2015
When shopping online and in stores, it can be a challenge to feel confident that you are getting exactly what you want, especially when it comes to bloom size. To help you buy with confidence, we have put together this helpful infographic to explain flower sizes in terms of other everyday objects, along with the
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Topics: Big Blooms , Fireworks , Spring Blooming Flowers , Spring Planted Bulbs

Garden Inspiration: Border Dahlias Around Our Homes

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Mar 10, 2015
At Longfield Gardens, we are more than just a bulb company. We are also husbands, wives, parents, grandparents and gardeners. When planting season starts, we don’t have professional landscapers planting at our homes…we only have our shovels, bulbs and a plan! When our gardens come into bloom we enjoy the results and of course take
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Topics: Dahlias , Fireworks , Summer Blooming Bulbs

What Is Your Color Personality?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 16, 2015
What does your favorite color say about you? Your garden is an extension of your home and choosing flower colors that are right for you can create the look you desire. If you like color and spring-planted, summer-blooming bulbs, you are going to love this!  <!–[if lte IE 8]> <![endif]–> hbspt.cta.load(213398, ‘b2ee2062-08bb-440c-83a6-207c1c9e2491’, {});
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Topics: Color Trends , Home Decor , Summer Blooming Bulbs

Ready To Grow Big Blooming Dahlias?

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 10, 2015
If you are looking for the WOW factor in your summer garden, look no further than big blooming dahlias! Your neighbors will walk by your home a little slower to get a better look, visitors will be amazed and you will be impressed!    Are you ready to grow a ‘flower firework show’ in your garden
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Topics: Big Blooms , Dahlias , Fireworks , Summer 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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