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A GUIDE TO GROWING AND ENJOYING THESE STRIKING SPRING BEAUTIES. Fritillaria is a genus of spring-blooming bulbs from the lily family. There are over 100 species of fritillarias, also called fritillaries or frits, ranging in size from small, delicate bulbs to large, showy plants. Many fritillarias are prized for their

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Lilies and other blooms
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DISCOVER THE ART AND TECHNIQUES OF LILY ARRANGEMENTS, FROM CLASSIC TO RUSTIC. Lilies are a versatile flower that can be arranged in many beautiful ways, whether you grow them in your own garden or purchase them from a local florist. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the symbolism behind

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tulip and iris arrangement
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HOW TO USE A KENZAN TO CREATE NATURAL AND DYNAMIC FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS. If you’ve ever wondered how professional florists create those stunning, minimalist arrangements, chances are they’re using a kenzan. A kenzan is a Japanese floral frog that is used to hold stems in place in an arrangement. In this

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Lily - Lilium
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EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF THE CLASSIC LILY FLOWERS Lily flowers are some of the most elegant and timeless blooms you can find. With their intricate petals, delicate fragrance, and rich symbolism, lilies are beloved by gardeners and flower enthusiasts around the world. I am fortunate enough to have about 45

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Hemerocallis 'Bonanza'
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They may only bloom for a day but their colorful flowers are a must in any garden. Daylilies, also known under their scientific name Hemerocallis, are some of the most interesting plants to include in a perennial garden. In general, they are resilient and easy-to-grow while bringing gracious foliage and

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Basket of spring bulbs
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Spring is here! Although my outdoor decor is still very wintery, I am revisiting some of my past spring floral arrangements posted on Instagram over the years. Tulips and a few other bulbs. either garden grown or store bought, add instant springtime vibe. One can style them simply, a bunch

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Bonsai Prunus
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No wonder the beautiful bonsai trees of David Easterbrook’s collection occasionally featured on my feed get tons of attention. My husband David is a bonsai master. Retired after 30 years of curatorship of the Montreal Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection _one of the most important miniature trees’ collection outside of Asia,

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Dahlia arrangement
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Dahlias, dahlias, in testimony of the hundreds of dahlias, painstakingly planted every spring, cared for during summer, dug in the fall, stored in winter… Such beauty they bring and the more you cut their flowers, the more they bloom. Here is a retrospective, in no particular order, of 30 of

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Beautiful peonies
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Flowers are the trademarks of my Country Home and Blooms Instagram account. No wonder some of the arrangements crafted with peony flowers from my garden are among my followers’ favorites. In no particular order… See this publication on Instagram A publication shared by Céline| Country Home & Blooms (@countryhomeandblooms) See

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Daisies in the garden
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I choose “Love Me” in “Love-me / Love-me-not”! As a child, my favorite flower was the common daisy of the uncultivated fields. Resilient even in the streets and alleys of urban Montreal where I grew up, the oxeye daisy _ or marguerite in French_ originating from Europe and Asia has

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Paeonia 'Impossible Dream' in my garden
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The result of crossing herbaceous peonies and tree peonies, Itoh peonies also called intersectional peonies combine the best features of both: [Top photo: Paeonia ‘Impossible Dream’ in my garden] Named for Toichi Itoh, the Japanese peony breeder who first succeeded in hybridizing them, Itoh varieties are not as numerous as

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Think about solutions including plastic strips and DIY metal markers and printed labels. Every fall and spring it happens again. Raking leaves from the gardens, I find them, the little plastic tags with pretty pictures or not, half broken and sometimes faded. They are the precious common and scientific names

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Paeonia 'Pink Hawaiian Coral'
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It may take one or two years for newly planted peonies to establish themselves and bloom. Sometimes one has to wait for the third year for them to become prolific bloomers. Here is a photo recap of some of the lovely herbaceous cultivars blooming for the first time in the

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Why and when preparing your garden for the Winter months This Fall has been glorious for gardening. Not only was it mostly sunny, it was also unbelievably warm, hitting quite a few temperature records. Nonetheless, I am always behind yard work, so many things to do before our long and

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View of the entrance garden
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A retrospective gallery about my garden We acquired our nearly 6-acres, semi-wooded property in equestrian country West of Montréal, Québec, 7 years ago. Since then, in the respect of the existing landscape punctuated by magnificent specimens of mature trees, we are creating a country-style garden, while pursuing our respective passions:

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