Category Archives: spring flowers

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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’, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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