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New Flirty Fleurs Designer Collections for Fall Planting

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 06, 2017
September is here and it’s time to order your spring-blooming flower bulbs! Our new designer bulb collections can inspire you with uncommon varieties and unexpected color combinations for fall planting. Working with floral designer Alicia Schwede of, we are introducing three gorgeous new flower bulb collections for fall 2017. All are based on arrangements that Alicia
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

Muscari: Perfect Partners for Spring Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 30, 2017
This year, when you’re ordering your fall bulbs, make sure to include some muscari. These carefree bulbs — better known as grape hyacinths — are beautiful on their own, but what muscari really excel at is collaborating. Their compact height and soothing blue hues bring out the best in whatever flowers are nearby.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Muscari , Spring Blooming Bulbs

5 Tips for a More Bee-Friendly Flower Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jun 15, 2017
Many years ago, I had a neighbor who was a beekeeper. We used to joke about him giving me a discount on honey, because I was sure his bees spent most of their time in my flower garden. I didn’t realize how true that was, until he moved away and the honeybees went with him!
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Topics: Habitat Gardens , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Planted Bulbs , Summer Bulbs

How Was Your Spring Bulb Garden?

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 31, 2017
One of the best things about a spring bulb garden is the surprise factor.  When I plant bulbs in the fall, I usually have a plan as to color combinations and placement. But by the time spring arrives, it’s hard to remember which varieties I planted and where I put them. Sound familiar?
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers

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

Our Top 10 Daffodils and Why We Love Them

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 25, 2017
If I had to choose my favorite daffodil, I’d probably pick a yellow one with a big trumpet. Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much more to offer!
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , 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

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

Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 04, 2016
Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they do: have heavenly blue flowers make ideal companions for every other type of bulb are reliably perennial smell good — like grape juice fade away quickly after they bloom are rarely bothered by deer or rodents
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Topics: Container Gardening , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs

How to Force Hyacinth Bulbs for Indoor Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 28, 2016
Dutch hyacinths are among the world’s most fragrant flowers. These spring-blooming bulbs flower at the same time as daffodils and tulips. They are a beautiful addition to any yard or garden, and the bulbs grow as well in containers as they do in garden beds. Forcing is a technique that lets you bring plants into bloom weeks or even
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Fragrant Flowers , How-To , Spring 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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