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Another Reason to Love Ornamental Alliums: Seed Heads!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 17, 2017
The big, round flower heads of ornamental alliums are irresistible — at least they are to me. My gardens now contain about a dozen different types, yet still I crave more. There’s just something so unexpected and playful about them. These hardy and reliable perennials are also long-blooming, pollinator-friendly and seemingly immune to diseases and pests, including deer.
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Topics: Alliums , Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

New Dahlias and a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 10, 2017
I know January is only 31 days long, but this year it seemed to last forever. Thankfully that cold and dreary month is in the rear view window and I can start looking ahead to this year’s cutting garden! As usual, I’m reserving about 80% of the space for dahlias. The only question is… which ones?
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer 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: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , How-To , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

American Flowers Week Promotes Locally-Grown Cut Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 30, 2016
The “buy local” movement has transformed our country’s food system, and now the same thing is happening in the cut flower industry. As with food, this locally grown movement couldn’t be happening without the creativity and hard work of flower farmers from Maine to California. Credit also goes to a cadre of activists who are working to raise awareness
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Topics: Cut Flowers

Make Way for Lilies: How to Fit More Lily Bulbs in Your Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 18, 2016
I love lilies and every spring I somehow manage to find room for more of them. Since my flowerbeds are already packed with plants and my garden isn’t getting any bigger, I have had to get creative about where to put them. A few years ago, I started planting lilies in 1 and 2-gallon nursery pots. I got the idea from
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs

Field to Vase Event Celebrates Locally-Grown Cut Flowers

Posted by Longfield Gardens on Sep 30, 2015
Recently, Longfield Gardens sponsored an event that is very dear to us – supporting American grown cut flowers. The Field to Vase Dinner was held in Mt. Vernon, Washington, about an hour and a half north of Seattle. As I drove to Jello Mold Farm, I couldn’t wait to see the beautiful fields of dahlias, zinnias and other
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Topics: Color Trends , Cut Flowers , Inspiration , Tulips

How to Make a Hand-Tied Flower Arrangement in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 07, 2015
One of the best things about having a flower garden is being able to share the riches. Everyone loves getting flowers, and it’s extra special when they come from your own garden. Hand-tied arrangements like the one above are an easy and impressive way to share your homegrown flowers. They’re perfect for hostess gifts and
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Inspiration , Summer Blooming Flowers

Fragrant Lilies for Your Summer Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 31, 2015
Summer is filled with so many good smells: suntan lotion, burgers on the grill, rain at the end of a hot day, and my personal favorite… lilies! From mid-July to September, my home and garden are filled with the alluring and mysteriously complex fragrance of lilies. Every year I manage to make room for a few
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fragrant Flowers , Lilies , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers

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

5 Tips for Long-Lasting Flower Bouquets

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 19, 2015
I love making bouquets from the flowers in my garden and wish I did it more often. Cutting flowers forces me to slow down and admire what’s in bloom. With clippers in hand I’m suddenly no longer in a hurry and have time to look around and think about colors and textures and how various flowers
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Home Decor , Summer Blooming Flowers


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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