Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs, Recycling Leaves

 Saving Dahlias, Protecting Figs

 Recycling Autumn Leaves

Save your dahlias!

A common question we are asked by visitors to our new cutting garden is

‘Do you save your dahlias?’

 The answer is ‘Yes, we certainly do!’

Here is the method we prefer to use at Linden Hill Gardens.

Dahlia after frsot

For dahlias, the opportune time to dig the plants up is after we have experienced several frosts. Wait until the leaves are black and the foliage has died back. Cut back the stems to about 3″ ( it is great to tie an id tag around the stem).


Jessica’s Tip: Use a digging fork to uproot the dahlias, so as not to slice the tubers.

Dahlia Tuber

Shake and rinse off the excess dirt from the tubers. You can either divide the clumps now, or wait until spring. Let the tubers dry in an area above freezing for 4-5 days. It is very important to make sure that the tubers are dry when going into storage.


Saving Dahlias in Crates and Peat


We have had great success with lining bulb crates with burlap and packing the tubers in peat moss. You can also use cardboard or wooden boxes.



Dahlia stacked

You will want to keep your stored dahlias in a dark place that will not freeze like a garage or basement, ideally between 40-50 degrees. Check them once a month if you feel or see they are shriveling, spray them with some water. From our experience, we did not find watering them to be necessary.

You can then plant your dahlias again in spring after the frost date has past.

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Overwintering Spanish Mission Figs

Another tender plant we overwinter here at Linden Hill is the fig. We are crazy about these edibles, and it is very simple to save the plants over winter. Like with the dahlia process, allow the figs to go through a few hard frosts and lose all of their leaves. Then put them into an indoor area that will not freeze. (We place them in the same barn room as the dahlias).

LeafSeparatorGardening Tip from Jessica:

Fallen leaves are great nutrition for your garden! Instead of putting them on the curb or burning them in the yard (gasp!), take advantage of the benefits they can provide to the garden. Optimally you should shred your leaves using a lawn mower with a bag attachment, as they will stay in place and decompose faster, but if you do not have a bag, simply use them as is. Pile the leaves in an out-of-the-way space, in an area unlikely to attract critters, and create a batch of nutrient-rich soil ready to add to your planting beds next year. Alternatively, use the leaves as a natural mulch for your vegetable garden or perennial beds.  I have many locust trees at home, and luckily the leaves are tiny enough that they do not need to be shredded and they compost extremely fast, so just letting them lay in the garden works perfectly. Please be advised however, we do not recommend using black walnut leaves! The natural toxins in the will damage or kill plants.

Good Luck! Please do not hesitant to bundle up and come in to see me at

Linden Hill Gardens anytime to ask questions or to see our process. –Jessica

We are open Wednesday through Sunday 10am – 4 pm

Save the Date for the Ottsville Holiday Festival December 6th & 7th 

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Enjoy a Glorious Spring – Plant Colorful Bulbs This Autumn

Enjoy a Glorious Spring – Plant Colorful Bulbs this Autumn

narcissusThis is the perfect time of year for planting bulbs – after the first few frosts, and before the ground freezes solid. A little work now will yield spectacular rewards next spring. Think of an area that you wish to enjoy fresh, splash of vibrant color. Perhaps you would like to have fragrant daffodils bobbing in the breeze along your walkway or popping up through still-dormant perennials. Bulbs make great companions for early flowering plants like hellebores and pulmonaria, or as a contrast against evergreens such as boxwoods. You can also plant bulbs directly in your lawn to eventually achieve a spectacular naturalized look.

Planting Tips

Each bulb group has a specific planting depth. Generally, for tulips and daffodils you should plant each bulb 5-6 inches deep. It is best to plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil. All bulbs benefit from a top dressing of leaf or bark mulch. Thoroughly water your bulbs immediately after planting, saturating the soil.

Hint: Planting bulbs en mass, or clusters, produces the most dramatic impact.

Bulb Display 2014Linden Hill Gardens is proud to offer a selection of our favorites available for purchase in the Greeting Barn, including:

tulips2Tulip ‘Big Apricot’ - Giant, robust, long-lasting flowers with a gorgeous apricot tone. One of the largest Darwin Hybrid tulips available. Height 24 in.

Tulip ‘Blushing Lady’ - Large and classy pale yellow and rose with orange highlights on sturdy, long stems. Great for cutting for arrangements. Height 30 in.

Tulip ‘Gudoshnik’ -  “Artist” in Russian. Variegated blooms varying from creamy-salmon to a deep-red, with all colors in between. Height 24 in.

Daffodil ‘Delibes’ - Yellow flowers with a large orange cup. Reliable and easy to naturalize. Height 16 in. Also Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Cheerfulness’ - Plant this along paths or by the front door. White,  very fragrant blooms. A beautiful heirloom. Height 15 in. Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Mt. Hood’ - Most widely-grown of the all white trumpet daffodils. Height 16 in. Critter Resistant


Tete a tete


Daffodil ‘Tete-a-tete’- Short, cute and early. Height 6 in. Critter Resistant

Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’ - Big, white flowers with a wide light yellow cup that turns white as flowers mature. Super-robust and easy to naturalize. Height 20 in. Critter Resistant



Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica - Plant with ‘Tete-a-tete’ daffodils. A low-growing pop of true blue! Critter Resistant.

Crocus tommasinianus - Very early and naturalizes readily. Flowers are small purple cups.




Allium cristophii – Large globes of metallic purple flowers. Excellent for use in arrangements. Height 18 in. Critter Resistant.


Spring in Greenhouse

Linden Hill Gardens is Open

Wednesday Through Sunday 10am – 4pm.  

Stop in this weekend and have Jessica assist you in selecting the perfect bulbs for your garden. Remember, there is still plenty of time to get planting and come spring you will be happy you did!



Today at Linden Hill, in the greenhouse, we have a little promise of and peek at spring: almost blooming galanthus nivalis!

Last fall, in preparation for the Philadelphia Flower Show, Luke, Jerry and I planted thousands of galanthus bulbs in several locations at the farm- many in the ground, and many more in aged terracotta pots.  We have been meticulously checking their progress and watering them (as snowdrops do not like to dry out). The galanthus are now in various stages of growth, from just poking out of the soil to blooming.

One of Jerry Fritz’s passions and favorite plants are Galanthus (Snowdrops). ‘Galanthus mania’ began when he first saw the wonderous and stunning masses of them at the Royal Horticultural Society in England. He has now started a dedicated club: The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley, to discuss and enjoy all things galanthus.

Galanthus (snowdrops) look spectacular when planted with eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite) and helleborus.

A few of the varieties growing at Linden Hill are:

Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ & ‘Sam Arnott’ & ‘Viridapice’, Galanthus ikariae, Galanthus elwesii, Galanthus ‘White Dream’

If you are interested in joining The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley or in pre-ordering snowdrops, send an email to

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