Rebecca Sweet, co-author of the bestselling, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces that I reviewed a couple of years ago, wrote another wonderful book this year. So, seven of us decided to throw Rebecca a blog party celebrating her latest horticultural achievement, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form. Rebecca is a blogger, writer and garden designer living in California, and I was lucky enough to visit her garden when the Garden Bloggers Fling went there last summer. She’s been featured in many magazines and writes a regular column for Horticulture. She also writes the very popular blog, Gossip in the Garden. You can read more about her work on her company webpage, Harmony in the Garden.
My post is an invitation to check out Rebecca’s new book and see how she can help you transform your garden. She has great ideas because she designs gardens every day.
Plus, my lovelies, I get to give something away!
Guess what it is. No, go ahead . . . guess.
Bulbs!!! Yes, I get to give away a lasagna container garden just full of beautiful bulbs from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply at their online presence, GrowOrganic.com. I love giveaways because they make y’all happy. If you’re happy, I’m happy. This time, I also get to choose the bulbs so here are my faves. The bulbs are a $50 value.
- Three packages of giant crocus Silver Coral
- Two packages of Plum Pudding Perfect Partners tulips
- Two packages of ‘Barrett Browning’ daffodils
This combination will be blue, purple and white beauty to grace your garden next spring.
To grow these lovelies, you will need a relatively large and deep container. I went old school on mine and used terracotta. I love the traditional look of terracotta, but I can’t grow anything but succulents in it in summer. We are far too hot and dry here. However, in spring and fall, I bring out my terracotta pots and make use of them.
- In these, I placed 2.5 inches of soil in the bottom of the pot and planted daffodil bulbs first. Start with your largest bulbs on bottom and work your way up.
- I then put another 2.5 inches or so of soil, enough to cover the bulbs and then add some cushion. On top of the daffs, I put tulip bulbs. You may have room in your pot for two levels of tulips. If so, use two different types like those in the Plum Pudding mix.
- Plant bulbs pointy side up. With tulips, put the flat side of the tulip toward the outer edge. The leaves grow from the flat side, and it will look better. “Presentation is everything,” as my husband, Bill, says. He really does say that.
- The pot becomes larger around as you go higher so you’ll need more bulbs. Make sure bulbs are not touching each other. They need some wiggle room.
- After your row or two of tulips, add more soil almost to the top of the pot and then place the crocus bulbs as shown. Crocuses are the smallest bulbs and earliest to bloom so you want them on top.
- As the crocus finish blooming and their foliage begins dying, tulip foliage and blooms will take over, then finally daffodil leaves and flowers.
- Store your lasagna pot in an unheated garage or outside depending upon the type of pot you use and how cold your winter weather gets in your region. I’m in Zone 7a/6b, and pots are considered two zones colder than in-ground plants. I may keep mine in the garage, but I may play fast and loose keeping them on the brick pavers in between the greenhouse and potager. That is a very warm spot in the garden. I haven’t decided yet.
- If you decide to keep these outdoors, protect them from squirrels and other varmints. Place something on top of the pots until your bulbs begin growing in the spring. Water pots about once a month, if kept in the garage, or outdoors if you don’t get rain.
Aren’t you excited about Rebecca’s book and growing bulbs? Here’s how you enter:
- Leave a comment on this post. You’re entered once.
- If you have a Facebook account, post a link to this post on your timeline or page. That enters you a second time.
- Twitter? Post a link to this post on Twitter, and you’ll be entered a third time.
- Share this on any social media you’d like.
- So that I know where you’ve posted, please also return here and give me another comment with a link to your tweet or other share.
- Because the winner will be chosen by a random number generator, the more times you share this post, the more likely you are to win.
Plus, you’re helping me spread the good word about Rebecca’s book and Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply.The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 10. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 11, 2013.
Oh, one more thing, go visit the other bloggers listed below. Each blogger is giving something different away so you can enter each contest. Seven more ways to win!
Digging is offering a $50 gift certificate from Annie’s Annuals
Urban Gardens is offering garden-watering duo Dramm
May Dreams Gardens is offering a garden tool combo from Fiskars
Shawna Coronado is giving away a $75 gift card from Proven Winners
Blue Planet Garden Blog is giving away a garden consultation by Rebecca and a Horticulture combo pack
Gossip in the Garden is giving away three different garden apps for your smartphone.
Oh, and a little housekeeping . . . I received nothing but goodwill for this post. I didn’t get any supplies from Peaceful Valley, and I didn’t ask for a book from Rebecca. Instead, I ordered her book from my local bookstore. It’s hard to be a writer these days. We must help each other.
UPDATE: According to random.org, Brenda is our winner! I’ve already contacted Brenda for her snail mail address, and hopefully, she’ll write back soon. Thanks to everyone who entered, tweeted, shared on Facebook, etc. You helped Rebecca’s book get noticed. Hugs and love.~~Dee