Episode 89 - Show Notes & Advice

Grow, cook, eat, arrange podcast 89
Grow, cook, eat, arrange podcast - 89

episode 89 | show notes & advice

episode description

 

In this week’s episode, Sarah and Arthur discuss their inspiration for creating sensational bulb lasagnes for pots and containers in time for next spring.  

 

A brilliant method to encourage a succession of glorious colour and form in any garden, bulb lasagnes are simple to assemble and an excellent opportunity to get creative. 

 

Sarah and Arthur take time to share the bulb combinations they’ve loved in the past, the mashups they are trialling next, and why the system is so effective in guaranteeing a gorgeous spring garden. 

Bulb Lasagne

in this episode, discover .....

Top tips for designing your own bulb lasagne 

Why now is the perfect time to start planting 

Ideal depths for impressive results 

The best bulbs for visiting pollinators

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advice sheet

 

Sarah’s top tips for a perfect bulb lasagne 

In the oast garden path

Sarah recommends a top layer of bright bulbs that will create a stunning display of spring colour right down the garden path.

 

Top layer: 

Middle layer:

Bottom layer:

 

Sarah explains that ‘Brown Sugar’ should bloom quickly through the narcissus and salad leaves. Don’t forget to deadhead. 

 

This will leave the lovely duo of late flowering and delicate tulips ‘La Belle Epoque’ and ‘Ridgedale’ - a lovely combination. 

 

Layer these down in the compost with 4-5 cm lightly covering the bulbs, ready for the next layer.

For a brightly coloured display

 

Great contrast of bright and vivid blue forget-me-nots, with shorter tulips to follow and tall, whooper tulips to finish. A Buckingham Palace classic.

 

Top layer: 

Middle layer: 

Bottom layer: 

 

Sarah’s favourite bulbs for layering:

 

 

Shop Sarah's favourites for layering

 
Iris 'Purple Hill' (Reticulata)
 
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Iris 'Purple Hill' (Reticulata)
£6.50£6.50
Crocus vernus 'Flower Record'
 
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Crocus vernus 'Flower Record'
£11.50£11.50
Tulip 'Amazing Parrot'
 
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Tulip 'Amazing Parrot'
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Tulip 'La Belle Epoque'
 
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Tulip 'La Belle Epoque'
£6.95£6.95
Parsley 'Gigante di Napoli'
 
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Parsley 'Gigante di Napoli'
£1.95£1.95
Mustard 'Red Frills'
 
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Mustard 'Red Frills'
£1.95£1.95
Mizuna
 
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Mizuna
£1.95£1.95

Arthur’s spring bulb lasagne recipe:  

 

Top layer:

  • Crocus ‘Orange monarch’ – totally irresistible 
  • Kale ‘Redbore’ – lovely combination of orange and seaweed purple leaf of the kale

Middle layer:

Bottom layer: 

  • Tulip ‘Artist’ – great height for a pot and a good anchor for the tulip combination
  • Tulip ‘Palmyra’ – peony like and deep claret in colour 
  • Tulip ‘Black Parrot’ – starts green and then turns purple from outer edges, inwards. Great from late April. Lovely succession of colour and height. 

 

Arthur’s ‘purple and orange’ combination:

 

Arthur suggests planting 11 of each bulb, as the pot is for visual, not for cutting. He also recommends creating a delicate layering system, so the geum isn’t overcrowded and lifted out.

 

Arthur’s favourites: 

 

Shop Arthur's favourites for layering

 
Muscari armeniacum
 
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Muscari armeniacum
£3.95£3.95
Muscari armeniacum 'Pink Sunrise'
 
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Muscari armeniacum 'Pink Sunrise'
£22.50£22.50
Tulip 'Palmyra'
 
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Tulip 'Palmyra'
£7.50£7.50
Tulip 'Black Parrot'
 
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Tulip 'Black Parrot'
£3.95£3.95
Geum 'Totally Tangerine'
 
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Geum 'Totally Tangerine'
£8.95£8.95
Kale 'Redbor' F1
 
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Kale 'Redbor' F1
£3.95£3.95
Tulip 'Sarah Raven'
 
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Tulip 'Sarah Raven'
£4.95£4.95

how to design your own bulb lasagne recipe 

 

A quick and easy way to visualise your pots and what they will look like in your garden…

  • Find some time at the weekend or evening and get out lots of old catalogues
  • Cut out the pictures of bulbs that you like the best
  • Draw lots of black ink pots on a piece of paper and lay the bulbs out in different combinations
  • Make sure the colours work nicely for your taste, also think about heights, and the seasons too

 

Alternatively, shop Sarah’s pre-selected bulb collections