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Posts tagged spring flowers

Daffodils for Every Garden

Daffodils for Every Garden
It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my mind, as I have every spring. W.F. Leenen breeds new varieties of daffodils in his greenhouse in Holland. For more about how new flowers are created, read about Dutch flower breeders. Daffodils bloom in drifts in my Vermont garden. It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my […]

Budding Wisdom

Budding Wisdom
A look at phenology, the study of how plant and animal cycles are influenced by temperature, rainfall and day length. Citizen scientists are helping build a map that shows where the common lilac is leafing out. Phrenology was a 19th century theory that personality tendencies could be inferred by the bumps and depressions on a […]

Giving the Gift of Spring

Giving the Gift of Spring
Pot your own bulbs for indoor blooms — it’s easy! Tuck hyacinth bulbs into a pot of soil before chilling in the refrigerator for 13 to 15 weeks. Flower bulbs are one of my parents’ favorite holiday gifts and something that they look forward to receiving each year. I’m not sure which they enjoy more: […]

Dig Once, Plant Twice

Dig Once, Plant Twice
Layered bulb-planting ensures a lively springtime display. Large crocuses and early Tête-à-Tête daffodils bloom together and can be planted in the same trench. Daffodil bulbs from half a dozen different mail order companies landed on my back porch, followed by a couple of 50-bulb tulip collections. The garden center had some new Asiatic and Oriental […]

Go BIG With Bulbs

Go BIG With Bulbs
When it comes to tulips, get large, get loud. Plant generously! This is a favorite combination that features emperor tulips. You can get this look with the Emperor Tulip Mixture. Here’s the thing about tulips: You need to plant a lot of them to make a good display. You need to plant hundreds of bulbs—not […]

Taming Wisteria

Taming Wisteria
Learn when and how to prune for abundant blooms and watch a how-to video. This spring was the best I can remember for this wisteria, which has been in the ground for about five years. The cultivar, Wisteria floribunda ‘Lawrence’, was discovered in Canada, and it gets hardiness ratings of 4 or 5. When it […]

Dividing Vigorous Perennials

Dividing Vigorous Perennials
Beebalm (monarda) spreads to form large colonies that need frequent dividing to keep them within bounds and blooming vigorously. Customer photo from Cheryl S. of Copley, Ohio. See the full-size photo in the Dutch Gardens Photo Center. Community plant sales and swaps are a highlight of the gardening season at this time of year. These […]

Beyond Pansies

Beyond Pansies
There are a few weeks (or maybe a month) in spring when it’s too cold for annuals, but nice enough for something. Usually, that means pansies —especially up here in Vermont, where we usually have to wait until Memorial Day to feel safe about putting out annuals. However, you can make a container planting that […]

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