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Marlene Thompson

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“Gardening Makes the Best Snow Days”

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Feb 06, 2015
If you live in an area where winter has been ‘exciting,’ you are no stranger to snow storms. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you are also familiar with what snow days can do to your previously well-planned day. As a full-time work at home parent, a snow day for me means my children
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Topics: Amaryllis , Gardening with Kids , Indoor Bulbs

Double Amaryllis Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 15, 2014
Enjoy twice the flowering beauty with double amaryllis! A beautiful variation of the regular flowering version, double amaryllis feature buds that burst open to reveal layers of petals, creating a ‘double’ look to the big bloom. Double amaryllis come in a variety of colors from white to red and pinks in between. The Nymph Series
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Topics: Amaryllis , Indoor Bulbs

Great Ideas For Gifting Amaryllis Bulbs

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Dec 12, 2014
Giving an amaryllis is almost as much fun as receiving one! With so many ways to put together a spectacular amaryllis gift, it’s no wonder they are such a popular winter flower. The fun of giving (and getting) an amaryllis bulb is that it will continue to bloom and brighten up winter long after the
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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Adventures in Late Fall Bulb Planting

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 07, 2014
Every year I say I’m going to plant bulbs early enough in the fall season so that my fingers are not freezing off as I’m planting bulbs in the soil. Last year I had high hopes, but come November 1 I still had not gottten around to planting due to a combination of busy work
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Spring Bloom Times – Enjoy 60 Days of Color!

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Sep 24, 2014
In the fall, gardeners make plans to plant flower bulbs for brighter spring gardens, landscapes and bouquets. With a little understanding and forethought, you can extend your flowering season by choosing the right bulbs that bloom one right after another for up to 60 days!
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Color Trends – Black and White In Your Garden

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Aug 07, 2014
Fashion designers from Paris to New York, home designers in every magazine and bloggers across the web have all been raving about the black and white trend. If you love color trends, you are going to love this! If you prefer a classic look, you are going to love this too! It’s black and white
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Topics: Color Trends

Allium – Fireworks in the Garden and In Your Home

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Jul 03, 2014
This spring I was able to enjoy a stunning display of alliums in my garden. These late spring bloomers were the grand finale in a spectacular spring flower show.
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Topics: Alliums , Fireworks , Home Decor

Trending Thursday – Muscari Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Jun 19, 2014
Muscari is your garden’s best accessory. Stunning on it’s own, it also coordinates with almost every fall-planted, spring blooming bulb in your garden! A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few pictures to inspire you to plant muscari this fall! River of muscari at Keukenhof in Holland.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Muscari , Tulips

The Tulip House – Bulb Garden Inspiration

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 16, 2014
After a long and cold winter, spring arrived and my fall-planted bulbs started to bloom…and bloom…and bloom. WOW! Did they ever bloom! My front and back yard are flowering in full force and I have had many people call, text and email with questions about how I did it! I am blessed with visitors who
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Home Grown Strawberries and a Recipe

Posted by Marlene Thompson on May 09, 2014
I love summer produce, the farmer’s market, tomatoes warmed by the sun and growing my own fruits and vegetables! I am always looking for new recipes based on what’s growing in my raised beds and patio. Last year I successfully grew strawberries and I was on the hunt for a fantastic recipe for my delicious
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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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