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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s. The Netherland Flower Bulb Center keeps scores on these …

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens). If …

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Don’t Forget Hyacinths

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Don’t forget Hyacinths, the bulbs with the big perfume, and an alluring history. The “other” major bulb for spring glory is the Hyacinth. It was made famous by Madame Pompadour, Louis XV’s favorite mistress at Versailles from 1741 until her death. As history tells us, she was a woman who knew …

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Fall Flowers and the No. 1 Gardening Book All About Them

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Is your garden (and maybe the gardener) tired when fall rolls around?  Well, it’s historically the most typical thing among gardeners to sort of give up after August.  After all, you’ve already done a great job with your Tulips, Daffodils, Irises, Peonies, and maybe Roses, but that’s all about spring.  …

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