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Expert Tips for Cutting and Arranging Spring Flowers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 10, 2018
It’s always such a long wait for spring’s first flowers. When they finally burst on the scene, the bounty of blooms combined with months of pent up flower energy is almost too much to handle! My favorite way to cope with this delightful moment of excess is to cut lots of stems and make lots of bouquets. Week after week, every room in my
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Year of the Tulip: 5 Ways to Celebrate

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 03, 2018
  The National Garden Bureau has put tulips in the spotlight this year, by declaring 2018 the Year of the Tulip. These cheery, easy-to-grow bulbs are already the world’s favorite spring flowers. Yet demand is still growing! According to Statistics Netherlands, commercial tulip bulb production reached an all-time high in 2017, with the number of tulips grown by Dutch farmers increasing by
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , Inspiration , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

How to Protect Flower Bulbs from Voles

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 01, 2017
Voles are cute little mouse-like rodents with long tails and big appetites. Unlike moles, which are carnivores, voles are strictly herbivores. They eat plant roots and tubers, mushrooms, berries, seeds and nuts, and the bark of shrubs and small trees. And, unfortunately, they have a special fondness for flower bulbs.
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Out with the Tomatoes, In with the Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 03, 2017
Wouldn’t it be fun to plant a LOT of tulips this fall? Maybe 200. Or why not 500? Enough to have your own spring cutting garden with a full range of flower styles and bloom times. To finally experience some of the varieties you have only seen in photographs. To inject a big shot of color
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Topics: Cut Flowers , Fall Planted Bulbs , How-To , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Striped Tulips in the Spotlight

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Sep 19, 2017
Want to stand out in a crowd? Try wearing stripes. It works for tulips! When our spring trial garden is in bloom, it’s a kaleidoscope of color. We plant 25,000 flower bulbs each fall, including more than a hundred varieties of tulips. During April and May, there’s so much color going on, that it’s hard
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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

Planting Tulip Bulbs in Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 07, 2016
  I don’t know about you, but I can never find enough space for all the tulips I want to grow. There are so many colors and styles and bloom times. So many creative combinations waiting to happen. Planting tulip bulbs goes fast. My challenge is finding places to put them all. At my house,
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Topics: Tulips

Long-Lasting Tulips and Daffodils? Start Here

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Aug 25, 2016
Spring-flowering bulbs have got to be tough. On an early spring day, it can be freezing in the morning and 80 degrees by afternoon. Climate change is intensifying these temperatures swings, especially on the warm end of the spectrum. With this in mind, we are using our trial garden to identify varieties with superior staying power. We are looking for heat-resistant, long-lasting spring
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Topics: Daffodils , Fall Planted Bulbs , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

New Tulip Bulbs for Fall 2016

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Jul 07, 2016
Tulip bulbs make it easy to paint a masterpiece with spring-blooming flowers. This year’s lineup of new varieties offers some unexpected color combinations and unusual flower styles that are sure to inspire your creativity.
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Topics: Spring Blooming Flowers , Summer Blooming Bulbs , Tulips

How We Select the Best Flower Bulbs for Your Spring Garden

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on May 05, 2016
The world’s flower farmers produce about 8.5 billion flower bulbs every year — and 80% of them are grown in Holland. Others try, but it’s difficult to compete with hundreds of years of experience and Holland’s almost perfect growing conditions for spring bulbs: sandy soil, cool and moist spring weather, and warm, relatively dry
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Topics: Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

Celebrating Spring Bulbs – From Bud to Bloom

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Apr 07, 2016
One of the best things about spring-flowering bulbs is how quickly they come into bloom. At the first sign of warmer weather, they practically leap from the ground and burst into flower.  Spring bulbs are uniquely adapted to being the first flowers on the scene. Their buds aren’t bothered by freezing temperatures and are able
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Topics: Alliums , Daffodils , Spring Blooming Bulbs , Spring Blooming Flowers , Tulips

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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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