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Growing Dahlias: How and Why to Pinch Your Plants

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 10, 2015
To pinch or not to pinch? If that is your question, we say pinch! Though dahlias will grow just fine on their own, one little pinch will give you a stronger, bushier plant with more flowers. This holds true whether you are growing border dahlias, dinnerplates or decoratives. When to Do It. The best time
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Topics: Big Blooms , Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

Falling In Love With Dinnerplate Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 11, 2015
Sometimes all it takes is one look. The dahlia Café Au Lait caught my eye as I wandered through the crowded aisles of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was wrapped in brown kraft paper, combined with pink and peach zinnias, pale blue hydrangeas and lavender asters. If you aren’t familiar with this variety, it’s the pale one in the
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Topics: Big Blooms , Dahlias , 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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