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Dinnerplate Dahlias: Tips for Success

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Mar 26, 2018
Dahlias are impressive plants. The sheer volume of their flower production is remarkable. They also offer an incredible range of flower sizes, styles and colors — more than enough to hold your attention for a lifetime! Though every dahlia variety has its own special charm, the most extraordinary of all are dinnerplate dahlias. What Are Dinnerplate Dahlias? Dinnerplates are not part
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Bulbs

How a Floral Designer Chooses Flowers for Her Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Feb 21, 2018
After many years running a successful floral design studio, Alicia Schwede decided to take her business in a slightly different direction. She wanted to combine her work experience and creative talents, with her passion for teaching and flair for social media. Her website, FlirtyFleurs.com, is now a hub for other floral designers, specialty cut flower growers and anyone who loves cut flowers. When
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Summer Bulbs

New Dahlias for 2018

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 30, 2018
I came to dahlias relatively late in life. Had I gotten an earlier start, by now I would have grown hundreds of different varieties. As it is, I’m playing catch up. There are still so many dahlias I have yet to grow — and I want try them all. As usual, this year’s list includes far more varieties than I
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias

Dahlias: Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jan 16, 2018
January and February are the peak selling season for dahlias. It’s still months before we start shipping tubers, but dahlia lovers are always eager to reserve their favorites. They know from experience that the only way to get the varieties you want, is to order them early.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

Late Summer Flower Bulbs Hit Their Stride

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 17, 2017
August is an exciting time in our trial garden. There’s something new to admire every single day. This month the stars of the show are summer bulbs, and in particular, cannas and dahlias. Here’s a quick peek at what we’re seeing.
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Topics: Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

How to Grow Dahlias in a Cutting Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 20, 2017
It’s midsummer and the dahlias are coming on strong. This year, my cutting garden is filled with 70 of these solar-powered flower-producing machines. Hopefully this is the peak of my dahlia obsession and I’ll be able to scale back next year. (Yeah, right?) These plants have already been pushing out blossoms for several weeks, and will continue blooming right through
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer Bulbs

8 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 07, 2017
Dahlia fever is running wild through the gardening world and there’s no sign of it stopping anytime soon.  If you have caught the dahlia bug, here are eight tips for growing bigger, better flowers this summer.
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Dahlias , How-To , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Blooming Flowers , Summer 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

Know Your Dahlias: Flower Styles and Sizes

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 18, 2016
Dahlias make it easy to keep your garden colorful from late summer through fall. As other annuals and perennials are starting to fade, dahlias are just getting started. They turn on the flower power in an all out effort to dazzle and amaze. The show continues all the way to the first frost. With thousands of dahlia varieties to
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Topics: Dahlias

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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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