HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS 2018 HOLIDAY MARKET CATALOG

Welcome to our 7th Annual Local Holiday Market!

Fri., Nov. 23 (Green Friday) through Sun., Dec. 23

Open Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

10 am to 5 pm


By now most of you already know that our Holiday Gift Market is the most rewarding place to shop for your holiday gifts and entertaining. We keep adding new artisans and products, and we always offer an amazing array of outstanding locally-crafted items in many categories so you can shop for everyone on your list  in one place, relaxed and far from the madding crowd! And this year, because of the way the calendar happens to fall, we will be open for a whole extra week, giving you 5 ‘long weekends’ of opportunity!

Just as in our plants and nursery products, our standards are high. We prefer to offer goods that are Local, Sustainable, Pure, Non-toxic, High-quality, Beautiful, Unusual, Innovative, Practical, Delightful and Durable.

Here are the TOP REASONS we hold our holiday gift market:

  • To bring you the same level of sustainability, quality, selection, value, service and enjoyment in your holiday shopping that you have come to rely on from our nursery
  • To give exceptionally talented, sustainable artisans and producers in our area (and a few beyond) an opportunity to increase their customer base and introduce them to the kind of folks that will appreciate their work
  • To keep the money flowing in our local economy
  • To give some of our amazing staff the opportunity to extend their work season and add a little more to their livelihoods

DOOR PRIZES!
Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!   In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 23!  To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form.  (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)  Share this announcement blog with friends who may not know about it!  

Please join us for our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend!  See details below.

Holiday Open House Schedule

~ ~  November 23, 24 & 25  ~ ~

Featuring Live Music & Home-made Treats!

MUSIC SCHEDULE
FRI, NOV. 23, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: RICHARD BACKES & PAYGE EMERSON, Celtic & Appalachian duo on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, flute, button accordion and vocals.
FRI, NOV. 231:00 to 2:30 pm, MARGOT KRIMMEL, Celtic and original harp.

SAT, NOV. 24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, REBECCA WATERHOUSE & GUILLAUME GAULLIER, spirited Irish and Breton traditional tunes on fiddle and Irish flute.
SAT, NOV. 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, JON SOUSA, Colorado’s finest Celtic guitar and banjo.

SUN, NOV. 2511:00 am to 1:00 pm, RON SOMMERS & JEFF HAEMER, Old-Timey and Swing music on guitar, mandolin and vocals.

~ ~ CDs by some of these and other fine local artists will be for sale! ~ ~    

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Delectable Treats
Personal Adornment
Body Care
Art & Home Accessories
Brain Food & Young People
Gardening & Beekeeping

 

Delectable Treats

Askinosie Chocolates

Haleluja! A new award-winning and truly exceptional “Milk” Chocolate bar … made with coconut milk instead of dairy! This rich and creamy vegan 52% milk chocolate is handcrafted with cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers in Del Tambo, Ecuador, plus organic coconut. It is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. We are also delighted to bring back Askinosie’s fabulous Peppermint Bark, packaged in tins that make great stocking stuffers, and their Gingerbread Chocolate bar, which infuses their rich milk chocolate with an aromatic blend of classic gingerbread spices for an unforgettable flavor treat!

Cultura Chocolate

A Denver-based, micro-batch, bean-to-bar artisan chocolate, Cultura is produced in one of Denver’s ‘maker spaces’ called the Art Gym. They use only beans from ethically-sourced and organic cacao farms in Latin America, which they hand sort, crack, roast, winnow, grind, conche, temper and mold to bring out the richest aromas and flavors and the smoothest textures.  We are offering their superlative chocolate bars in multiple flavors and sizes, as well as their delicious Mexican style Sipping Chocolate!

Eve’s Pecan Shortbread Cookies – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Back by popular demand: Scrumptious, rich, melt-in-your-mouth nut shortbread cookies, based on almond flour, pecans and butter, subtly sweetened with a little maple syrup. Gluten-free, grain-free, mostly organic, no refined sugars. You don’t have to be gluten-sensitive to love these rich and satisfying cookies!   

Haystack Gardens Fruit Preserves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Many of you already know that our own Engrid Winslow makes jams and jellies that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh fruit, (local and organic whenever possible) and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Pear with Vanilla Bean, and Blueberry Lemonade, to name just a couple. Engrid is always coming up with new combinations and this year is no exception as she introduces us to new Limited-Edition savory flavors: Ginger Peach Marmalade, Spiced Black Mission Fig, and Apricot Rosemary. You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oeuvres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts.

Kristina’s Bees Natural Honey – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Kristina is our beloved beekeeping specialist, an entymologist with more than 35 years of beekeeping  experience, and an amazing wealth of knowledge. She tends hives in diverse gardens at several locations around Boulder County, where the bees collect from alfalfa, Russian olive, sunflower, apple and many others surrounding the small farm where she lives just off the Diagonal in Longmont.  This year she’s bottling up some of her liquid gold to sell exclusively at our Holiday Gift Market!  It tastes divine! 

Lamborn Mountain Farmstead Tea

Lamborn Mountain’s organic lavender and goat milk body-care products, made on a small farm in Paonia, CO, by our friends Carol and Jim Schott, are a great favorite at Harlequin’s. Now we are also offering their lovely tins of their delicious and aromatic organic Earl Grey tea with lavender buds, and their new home-grown, hand-harvested Chamomile Lavender tea, a relaxing treat! Both make wonderful, unique stocking-stuffers!

New Beat Quinoa Crackers

Trish Kurnik is a Longmont neighbor and friend of ours, who in 2005, while still in grad school, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She had to learn how to cook, bake and live without gluten. But she was up to the challenge, and not only felt 500% better after 2 gluten-free weeks, but laid the foundation for later launching into her handmade, artisan cracker business – Beat Foods. These crackers are fabulous! Based on quinoa flour (complete protein, packed with fiber and gluten-free), New Beat crackers are thin and crispy, local, organic, nutritious, gluten-free, versatile and absolutely delicious! We are offering their Sesame Swing, Trio, and Play it Straight flavors.  

Robin Chocolate

Longmont chocolatier and pastry chef Robin Autorino refers to her award-winning artisan chocolate creations as edible art – art for your eyes and your mouth. She combines her exceptional artistry and fine ingredients to create little masterpieces that taste as good as they look. We love them, and are offering assortments of her truffles in handsome boxes of 4, 6, 8 or 12.  “I want my ganache to be bold,” Robin says. “I want the Key lime pie truffle to give you some pucker. I want the espresso to bring you the same comfort as your morning cup.”  Also, this year: Robin’s delicious Dark Chocolate Drizzled Crystallized Ginger, packaged in bags.

Seed Ranch Hot Sauces

Seed Ranch Flavors is a small ‘farm to bottle’ small-batch maker of ‘hot’ sauces (one is very mild) in Boulder, the passion of David Delcourt. David uses only non-gmo, gluten-free, organic, natural plant-based ingredients, and his sauces are paleo and vegan-friendly. What really caught our attention was the delicious originality and complexity of the blended flavors, and their versatility – not just for tortilla chips! These make great hostess gifts, or components of an all-local specialty food basket!  

St. Clair’s Organic Mints, Candies, Pastilles & Lozenges

Yea!  Totally organic!  Made in Boulder by herbalist Debra St. Claire!  No corn syrup!  Delicious!  Effective!  Packaged in pretty, reusable tins!  Incredibly inexpensive!

Zing Nuts

Inspired by his father’s holiday candy making, Rand Lechner of Zing Nuts makes quality almond brittle right here in Boulder. Although his main recipe is simple, he breaks from tradition by adding exciting spices, and flavor combinations. We have decided to offer the Original, Pumpkin Spice, and Colorado Beer Salt versions. All of his nut brittles are naturally gluten-free except, of course, the Colorado Beer Salt.

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Personal Adornment

Aay Bravin

Aay Bravin grew up in a village in northern Thailand, a 1-hour walk from the border with Burma. Her grandmother taught her how to weave and crochet when she was young. Her family grew cotton and raised silkworms. They made all their own clothing and grew all their food. They had neither electricity nor phone service and without contact with the outside world, they had to be totally self-sufficient. But now she is here in Boulder, where she enthusiastically continues to knit, crochet and weave and share the beauty of her creations. Her warm, snug-fitting fingerless gloves are both beautiful and practical, covering more of the fingers than other fingerless gloves, but enabling easy phone use, writing and handwork. She also makes cozy slippers and hats!

Casa Brujaja

In their Albuquerque New Mexico studio, Kia and Sienna of Casa Brujaja make stunning, original handcrafted glass and silver talismans and jewelry inspired by life in the desert. Their adornments are meticulously crafted from recycled glass, silver and found objects from the natural world. “We are constantly inspired by life here in the desert where we live, and our pieces are a reflection of that. Instead of precious stones and minerals, the focal pieces of our jewelry tend to be softer items gathered from natural places- wings, feathers, snakeskin, leaves, flowers and bones. When encased in glass these items take on a jewel-like appearance but with textures and colors seldom seen in jewelry. The edges of each piece of glass are encased in a silver and tin alloy, which has a much lower melting temperature than sterling, allowing us to preserve the natural elements inside the glass from being discolored by the heat of a jeweler’s torch. We’ve made it our mission to create beautiful, durable adornments from items that are usually too precious and too fragile to carry with you. These works function as talismans as much as traditional jewelry. They are keepsakes from places beautiful and wild and carry the magic of those places with them. Our work is inspired by our love of nature, our superstitions, our Latinidad and the ways those things intersect.”

Engrid’s Luxury Socks, Leg Warmers & Boot Cuffs Harlequin’s Exclusive!
Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these soft, warm and beautiful wool socks, in washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns, in lovely color blends with reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men. Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks!

Eve’s Handwoven Scarves – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Eve wondered why, in all these years, she had never become a fiber artist. So she took a class, bought a small, simple table-top loom and a bunch of beautiful, soft, natural-fiber yarns, and got to work. The rest is not yet history. In 2017 she introduced her first efforts. She has now developed a compelling passion for weaving and a formidable collection of yarns, with an emphasis on locally hand-spun and hand-dyed natural fiber yarns, often spun from the wool of local sheep, alpaca, and even apartment-dwelling Angora rabbits! She designs her scarves with the aim of showcasing the wonderful textures and colors of these yarns in beautiful, practical and affordable accessories. If time permits, Eve hopes to design and weave some natural fiber (think hemp, linen, cotton, raw silk) placemats and table runners as well.

Fiber Earthspaces Scarves

Nationally acclaimed local fiber artist Annette Kennedy, widely known for her award-winning art quilts, turned her talents and her love of nature to making marvelous nature-printed silk scarves. She uses leaves, flowers, buds, etc. from plants that she grows herself and forages, along with natural dye plant extracts, to create elegantly subtle, earthy, one-of-a-kind scarves that feel as luxurious as they look.

Karen Edge

Boulder artist Karen Edgerly is an accomplished silversmith working in silver combined with copper and brass that she etches, casts or form-folds and sets with precious or semi-precious faceted stones to make sparkly everyday-wearable necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Karen also teaches her craft at pARTiculars in Lafayette.

Pebble Art Jewelry

Eve discovered Pebble Art Jewelry when she was lured into their little shop by an arresting display of jewelry made from ancient Roman glass. This year Kate Head and Jill Hadley, two of the three artists at the shop, bring us wonderful pieces featuring fragments of 1200 year old Roman era glass from the Mediterranean region in gorgeous shades of blues, greens and iridescent pearl combined with modern styling, and at very reasonable prices. They’ll also bring a variety of lovely pieces with semi-precious and other natural stones. Pebble is located at 7980 Niwot Road next door to the Niwot Market.

Renee’s Dichroic Glass Jewelry

Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. This occurs as a result of stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, an example of thin-film optics. It’s also quite vivid and sparkly!  Her brilliant earrings and ornamented bobby pins are big favorites at our Holiday Markets.

Retuned Jewelry

Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year.  Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?  Christina says “Music has always been a big part of our lives. When we started Retuned, one of our goals was to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to us. The Blue Star Connection mission is to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges. We’re happy to say, with your help, we are able to help support Blue Star Connection.”  

Sarah DeAngelo Jewelry

In her Denver studio, Sarah makes delicate and feminine jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, pearls and fine metals.  Her expert wire-wrapping and metalworking create elegant settings for the stones, making her pieces luxurious-looking yet affordable. We are very excited about Sarah’s latest work, which features her original silver and copper metalworking.

Sondra Finch Knitwear

Sondra joined us late in our 2015 holiday market and her fun, original hand-knitted hats and headbands immediately set off a buying frenzy. I get compliments wherever I go in the fabulous feathery headband I bought, even from strangers on the street. We’ve stocked up on her pieces this year, and added her soft, snuggly ‘mobius’ scarves, as well as her beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards.

Tehya McIntosh

I met Tehya in the context of our mutual membership in the Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder, where I discovered that she has, for many years, had a very productive passion for the Indigo Shibori dye process, and other fascinating natural dye and patterning techniques. She’s been hand-crafting beautiful, one-of-a-kind napkins, towels, and clutch handbags to give as gifts to her family and friends, and now for the first time, will be offering them for sale at our Holiday Gift Market! Tehya McIntosh has made Boulder her home since 2000. She’s a creative whirlwind, a long-time participant in the Waldorf education movement started by Rudolf Steiner, and President of the consumer products company called Now & Zen, Inc., creators of The Zen Alarm Clock.

Third Wolf Designs

We’re very happy to introduce Third Wolf Designs’ tee shirts for men and women into our Holiday Market this year. Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here! We’ve chosen three of our favorite designs in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts are made of silky soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, fast-drying bamboo (70%) and organic cotton (30%), guaranteed not to shrink. The unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, another great natural fiber, durable and soft! Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.

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Body Care

As we approach the holiday giving season, please be sure to look beyond the stylish labels and pay close attention to potential toxins that may lurk inside the containers of beauty and personal care products.  Fragrance. That one word allows companies like L’Oréal, Proctor & Gamble, and thousands of others to put any of 3,000 chemicals into your shampoos, make-up and other personal care products. Without telling you! That’s ridiculous!  This is just one of the possible dangers you should be aware of and avoid when shopping for products you put on your skin, lips, hair and nails. At our 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market you will find an excellent selection of body care products that are completely non-toxic. We offer our favorite small-batch, local artisan-crafted products including soaps, lotions, salves, facial oils, lip balms, and our exclusive, famous Dr.Brawner’s Aftershave! 

Gardener’s Dirt Soap

An all-natural handcrafted soap by Botanicals Beyond Belief. This unique blend of coffee grounds & pumice has a great earthy scent! Don’t worry, this hand soap has what it takes to scrub off your dirt & grime after a hard day’s work. Ingredients: Olive & coconut palm oils, spring water, lye, fragrance oils, coffee grounds & pumice.

Blair’s Herbals

Give a friend (or yourself) the gift of healing relaxation! We are very pleased to offer our dear friend Blair Chandler’s handmade, reiki-infused Bath Salts that bring forth the healing properties of the mineral-rich Himalayan salts and the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden. You can trust that Blair’s Herbals products are made with the highest quality ingredients and intention. Blair is also a gifted practitioner of Reiki and Healing Touch therapy techniques, working with subtle energy.

Dr. Brawner’s Healing Aftershave – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Formulated and made in Boulder by ‘the doctor’ himself (Mikl Brawner), from 99% pure Aloe Vera Gel, with cold-pressed, organic Rosehip Seed Oil; 100% pure Jojoba Oil, and 32,000 IU Vitamin E Oil, along with essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, and Rose. That’s all. No alcohol, nothing synthetic, non-greasy. All the ingredients are natural plant products, chosen for their skin-healing qualities. The steam-distilled Rose Oil is a powerful anti-viral and antiseptic. The other ingredients are good for healing burns and dry and damaged skin, inflammation, wrinkles. They are moisturizing and uplifting to the spirits. Mikl has made and used this formula for more than 10 years to heal his Irish skin from the abrasion of shaving and the drying effects of the Colorado sun (and keep him looking youthful and handsome!). And it smells wonderful! (and it’s not just for men).

Dryland Wilds – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Dryland Wilds is a duo of young women of the northern New Mexico desert, hand-crafting quality cosmetics and skin-care products that are sustainable, low-waste and local. Their products are made from dryland plants, capturing the New Mexico desert’s real ‘scents of place’. They handcraft botanical soaps, balms, Pinyon incense, plant waters and oils in small batches with organic oils and handmade desert perfumes, with no artificial ingredients. Eve says “their Prickly Pear Lip Tint immediately became a staple in my facial care. I love the warm, natural color, the creamy texture, the fact that it lasts for hours, and that the oils used are all organic and skin-healing: olive, coconut, avocado and jojoba oils, beeswax, and wild-collected prickly pear seed oil”. It also happens to be fragrance-free. We’re also offering their irresistibly scented Chocolate Flower and Evening Primrose lip tints! WE LOVE the aromas of the desert southwest, and love using Dryland Wilds’ beautiful, handcrafted Sagebrush & Snakeweed soap. They describe it well: “The spicy clean herbal scent brings you to the top of New Mexico’s desert mesas where the wind smells of sagebrush, parched earth and sunshine. Sagebrush and comfrey leaves gently exfoliate, while kaolin and bentonite clay absorbs impurities and snakeweed soothes the skin.” This year we are adding their equally transporting Pinyon Woodsmoke soap. Also new this year, we’ll have a limited number of Beauty Oils in Evening Primrose scent and Sagebrush/Snakeweed scent, as well as their Sagebrush Plant Water, a spray that can be used to subtly scent a room, you clothing, hair or body with the uniquely exhilarating and archetypal aroma of the western drylands!

Jen’s Body Butter – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Jen creates her Body Butter from all organics including shea and cocoa butters, coconut oil, lavender and orange essential oils. She purchases the ingredients locally from responsible world-wide sources. After showering, scoop some of Jen’s Body Butter and rub together between your hands and apply. Ideal for moisturizing the whole body.

Kisu / Trementina – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Created by Pamela Clum’s Plum Botanicals, a small fair-trade organic skin-care line based here in Boulder. This long-lasting lip balm is based on wild-collected African shea butter from a womens’ cooperative, and scented with the marvelous, unique, citrus-y essential oil of neroli. Shea butter is a natural sun-blocker, so it really helps prevent chapping in all seasons. Kisu is, by far, Eve’s favorite lip balm.

Lamborn Mountain Farmstead

Our friends Carol and Jim Schott, who you may remember as founder of Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, have resettled over on the Western Slope and created Lamborn Mt. Farmstead on a mesa overlooking Paonia, CO in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its organic orchards, vegetable farms, and vineyards; Carol and Jim are helping to add lavender to that list. From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their soaps in other scents, like Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint, and calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol, and their lavender-infused teas. All their products are hand-made in small batches.

Stinging Nettle Apothecary

Surely your holiday gift list includes at least one person who knits, crochets, spins or weaves! Yarn Balm is a ‘must-have’ stocking stuffer for just about any fiber artist! Jane Anderson is an experienced herbalist and an avid and expert knitter who knows what housework and gardening, and working with fiber can do to your hands, and how that rough skin makes it impossible to work with yarn. Yarn Balm is wonderfully moisturizing yet truly non-greasy, using organic, wildcrafted Argan Oil from Morocco. She uses only pure, natural ingredients, originating from plants, seeds, nuts or flowers, to hand-craft her products. Her paperboard tube packaging is both recycled and recyclable or compostable. PS: Yarn Balm is also great for cracked heels!

Wild Sage Skin Care

We’re excited to share our very own Garima’s skin care products with you!  They are hand-made in small batches from ingredients which are natural, recognizable, and ethically grown. She grows essentially all the herbs for her products in her own organic garden, and uses organic jojoba oil from Arizona, organic unrefined shea butter from Uganda, local organic honey and beeswax, and organic sunflower oil from California. Garima continues to hear from her customers and friends almost daily that using her products, their skin has never looked better, and has never felt so glowing and healthy. Formulated to benefit all skin types, Wild Sage products are gentle enough for those with allergy-prone or sensitive skin. Products include Rose Hazel Toner, Rose Geranium Face Lotion, Wild Cherry Rejuvenating Serum, Amazing Red Clay Mud, Healing Hand Cream, Echinacea Balm, Honey Papaya Mask, and Creamy Rose Cleanser.

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Art & Home Accessories

 

10 Digit Press

Kim Hindman is the everything at 10 Digit Press. She has lived all things print for the last two decades, receiving both a BFA and MFA in Printmaking, and then going on to teaching Printmaking, Drawing, and Book Arts at the university level. When I saw Kim’s exquisitely drawn bee, insect and botanical images hand-printed on hand-dyed cotton tea towels, napkin sets, eye pillows, trivets, handbags, etc., I knew we had to share them with our Harlequin’s Holiday Gift Market customers! They are elegant, simple, perfectly crafted, practical and stylish, and we are so excited to bring them to you!  Kim now lives in Longmont, making prints in her home studio, raising little ones and gardening.

20# Tabby – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We’ve known Cheryl Netter for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). She is also a multi-talented craftswoman. We’re carrying her dainty and very affordable Czech glass flower earrings and felted acorn earrings, intricate fairy ornaments, and whimsical needle-felted ornaments, all original designs, meticulously crafted. Because of the nature of the felting process, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike, which makes them all the more precious.

A Ruby Moon

Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs – display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, etc. by garlanding a doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Hand-made in Lafayette, CO.

Amanda Maldonado

Inspired by Colorado’s wildlife and the outdoors, Amanda Maldonado makes delightful drawings of local animals in pen and ink. This year, we’re selling postcard prints of these fun, hand-illustrated critters. She is also providing her own hand-made envelopes to go with the postcards. Amanda was raised in N. Carolina, but has fallen in love with her adopted home here in the hills of Boulder. She is passionate about the Boulder Public Library, writing snail mail, and her cat, Fiasco. Follow her on Instagram (@Coy.Ink) to keep up to date with her most recent drawings.

Amber Lights Candles

Our friend Clark and his family have turned what used to be a hobby into a full-time business. In their Longmont studio, they make delightful cast beeswax candles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including several designs that are based on traditional European holiday season candle molds. These candles are highly decorative, wonderfully detailed, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.  

Ambrosia Glassworks

Angelo Ambrosia (yes, that’s his wonderful real name!), opened Ambrosia Glass Art Studio in Longmont in 2004, and he’s been creating one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass sculptures and vessels ever since. He also teaches glassblowing there, and guides his pupils with gentle and patient expertise. Angelo is renowned for his colorfully patterned vessels and light fixtures, ranging from playful to sophisticated. We are delighted to offer some of his small pieces for the gift-giving season.

Amy Mundinger Designs

Amy Mundinger of Pine Tree Studios is truly a gifted craftswoman, with a keen eye for color and design, and well-honed skills in fiber arts from crochet to embroidery on upcycled felt, and free-motion quilting with hand-dyed 100% cotton fabrics. And now that her children are grown she is able to share some of her wonderful work with us! Each of her original fabric applique art cards is an individually handmade small work of art.  Hand-dyed cotton fabrics often mixed with modern prints and batiks, give these cards a vibrant punch. Her lively ornaments, made with upcycled felt over antique spindles, feature charming foxes and owls.

Arabella’s Metal

Sculptor Arabella Tattershall works from her studio in Erie Colorado. Formerly a designer and maker of garments, she now pursues her passion and expression in the art of welding. Inspired by the human form and forms in Nature, her lyrical sculptures are created from cut, hammered & shaped steel leaves and various mixed metals. Arabella is fascinated with the idea of bending, shaping, weaving, riveting, sewing and welding mixed metals, and continues to explore these combinations of construction with hopes of telling the viewer a story…of line, shape, balance and possibility. We are thrilled to offer some of her smaller pieces for garden and home!

Atelier Foucault

We are very excited to introduce Marie Foucault-Phipps’ stunning, intriguing, and elegant glass tableware! I came upon her work last winter and found it entirely unlike anything I had seen before. Using a technique that dates as far back as the 9th century (Turkey), Marie paints her original designs with ‘Silver Stain’ (silver oxide) on clear glass pieces. They are then fired in a kiln and emerge with a rich and exciting color palette ranging from yellows and golds to deep coppery oranges, and molten reds! She describes it as “a wild medium, not reliable, and always surprising” and says she enjoys “exploiting its freedom”. You will love her tableware and garden lanterns! Marie studied Stained Glass Conservation in Paris and became an accomplished conservator of historical stained-glass art across France and the U.S. In 1884 she relocated to the U.S. (New York, then Colorado). An accomplished glass painter, Marie freelanced for other studios while working on her own exhibition glass. She has exhibited around the world with the Women’s International Glass Workshop to places such as Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Wales, France, and Golden, Colorado!

Diane’s Temari – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our customer and friend Diane Patterson makes these wonderful ornaments, called Temari, which date back to ancient Japan, where Temari was originally a handcraft of upper class women. Intricate designs were embroidered on handmade balls using silk threads from kimonos. The balls were used as toys. Temari are unique, beautiful, colorful gifts. Attractive hanging as a single ornament, grouped in a bowl, used in a centerpiece, given as a housewarming gift, or simply to hold and admire, they will be treasured for many years.

Fiber Earthspaces – Home Accessories

Nationally known fiber artist, Annette Kennedy from Longmont, has been creating her award-winning quilt art since 2003, with her award-winning pieces in the National Quilt Museum and in private collections around the country. These artful magnets and coasters are images of her art quilts that will bring the spark of inspiration wherever they are placed. They are durable and easy to wipe clean when needed. Nature is Annette’s focus, with flowers, plants and landscapes being the central theme in her work.

Fred Hall Petrified Wood – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Our friend Fred is a dedicated ‘rock hound’, with a special passion for meteorites and petrified wood. His expeditions in Utah have yielded some wonderful specimens from the Jurassic era, including segments of small branches in which the exterior bark texture has been preserved, and the interiors have been replaced with vividly multicolored agate. Fred has polished the top surface of each specimen to reveal the beauty of the agate. Each piece comes with an identification tag and a text explaining the process by which petrified wood was formed. Sizes will probably range from 1” to 5” in height, varying widths.

Glass Green Man

Artisan Renée McDougall of Longmont became interested in crafting with glass while working at the Stained Glass Supply Company. She works mostly in fused glass, a process that can take up to 11 hours from start to finish. Renée uses her home studio for crafting many different glass pieces, from jewelry to bowls and hanging art. We think her cast glass hanging Green Man faces will make a lovely addition to any gardener’s window or porch.  

Green Meadow

Erin Huybrechts Davis says she has been a painter for as long as she can remember. She grew up on the east coast, has her degree in painting and printmaking, and a masters degree in education. She now lives here in Longmont, CO, where she is a freelance illustrator and teaches art to young people. We were struck by her flowing, stylized and poetic depictions of the natural world. She is inspired by patterns and imagery from Asia, where she has traveled, and this influence is evident in her work as well. We are delighted to offer Erin’s cards, prints, and original paintings again this year!

Helen Hiebert 12 Months of Paper Calendar

Helen Hiebert’s 12 Months of Paper calendar will inspire anyone, young or old, to work with paper in new, exciting and fun ways. Helen now makes her home near Vail, CO, and is an internationally renowned artist who has been exploring paper for decades, stretching and redefining its possibilities and character. She has produced a number of books and films on paper craft, and knows how to make it accessible and exciting. The calendar offers illustrated instructions for making a new paper project every month, and comes with a template for cutting the pieces.

Come learn more about crafting with paper on Saturday, December 1st starting at 10:30 am, when Helen will walk participants through a paper craft project.   

Hidden Gnome Woodworking

We met the good-hearted and community-minded Hidden Gnome folks several years ago and really liked them and their products. Not only do they make simple but handsome, practical, well-crafted hardwood products (we have their cutting boards, coasters and their best-selling wall-mounted bottle opener with hidden magnets), but they also devote a great deal of their time to a soup kitchen in Denver. They make their products in small batches, using locally-sourced material as much as possible. “The Gnome reminds us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.”  

Kathleen Lanzoni

Back by popular demand! Notecards of vibrant paintings by renowned Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature local landscapes and floral subjects. This year Kathleen will also offer some of her giclee prints and several original paintings. Kathleen has been the recipient of numerous awards, especially for her plein air paintings (painted from life on-site, not in the studio). She is also a wonderful painting teacher and mentor.

Kelly Manley – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Kelly is a font of creativity: writer, singer, painter, and more. This year, Kelly has been able to devote a lot of time to honing her skills in a life-long passion, pastel painting, and we reap the benefits! We offer some of her smaller pieces, mostly local Boulder County landscapes.  

Khala Cloths

We love using Khala cloths, the original Beeswax Wraps in the US. They are the creation of Asa and Tamar McKee, who now reside in Boulder, where they produce their environmentally responsible alternatives to plastic wrap and plastic bags. Khala Cloths can be used to cover and seal a bowl of left-overs, and make the best wrapping for keeping cheeses, breads and vegetables fresh longer. Every Khala Cloth comes in zero waste packaging. For example, the toppers are made from post-consumer recycled paper. Everything else – from the wax paper bag to the staple – are either biodegradable or recyclable. The fabric used to construct a Khala Cloth is organic cotton and hemp grown in North America, and is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards. No bleaching, no chemicals. They are a Zero Waste Company, which means their goal is to produce Zero Garbage. In the last three years of production all of their waste fit into a 5 gallon bucket. Khala Cloths will have a long life (several years) when properly cared for.

Leo’s Dry Goods

Shari Moraga is practically our neighbor in Boulder. She calls her work ‘illustrations in thread’. She uses her sewing machine to ‘draw’ and ‘paint’ her light-hearted illustrations of vegetables, honeybees and hives, bicycles and more, on sturdy cotton tea towels, aprons for gardeners and cooks, napkin sets and zipper bags.

Lois Edgar

Lois is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild. She has been exploring techniques with clay for many years and has developed a style that is both earthy and charming. This year we feature her new porcelain wares as well as Lois’s elegant hand-made embossed greeting cards and holiday tree ornaments.  

Lynn Mattingly Quilts – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We are pleased to offer Lynn Mattingly’s brilliant quilted pot holders, table runners, baby quilts, peace garlands, and eyeglass cases. Sturdy and machine-washable, they are not only gorgeous but also practical. Lynn lives and quilts in beautiful Paonia,CO.

MaryLynn Schumacher

Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 30 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild. This year we are offering Mary Lynn’s wall-mounted pieces for home or garden, relief tiles and other small pieces.

Mimi’s Cloth Creations

Our own Mimi Yanus is not only an expert gardener, she also sews whimsical bags from old blue jeans.  Come see the variety of casual bags that Mimi has created! 

Niwot Honey Farm Beeswax Tapers 

For decades, our friend Tom Theobold of Niwot Honey Farm has been nurturing bees, harvesting honey, and crafting the finest, most elegant, romantic, hand-dipped taper candles you’ll find anywhere. They are naturally dripless and smokeless, and infuse the room with the gentle, warm fragrance of honey. They go perfectly with our Traditional Majolica candle holders. Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.
 

 

Smudge Sticks – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Made with reverence, skill and healing intention by our friend Furry Foote, the elder who lives in the foothills, these traditional Native American smudge sticks are finely crafted of aromatic herbs (mostly natives) grown in her own organic garden.  Each herb is included for its specific medicinal and/or spiritual qualities: purifying, giving thanks, cleansing, infection-fighting, head-ache relief, etc.  Very limited quantities available.

Theresa Haberkorn

We are fortunate that Theresa Haberkorn, woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades. Her masterful woodcut prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea towels, handmade journals, a charming wall calendar and an assortment of cards. To find out more about the process of woodcut printing, visit Theresa Haberkorn.

Todd Redmond

A Denver native now residing in Westminster, Todd is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild and one of their most innovative artists. His work is always fun, quirky, original and superbly crafted. Todd says “I try to get through life with a sense of humor intact, and I think my pieces convey some of that irreverence.” We agree! In college, he declared his art major after getting this fortune cookie: “art is your fate; don’t debate!”. “Form and grace are of foremost interest in my work. I create objects with an artistic appeal that venerate the long history of ceramics while still being firmly rooted in the contemporary art world. I work with clay because of its many personalities. From the flowing malleable state to the solidly enduring fired state, it has the characteristics of many materials within one medium. This can be both magical and maddening, but the challenge is what keeps me intrigued with clay.

Traditional Majolica Ceramics

Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari are well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. Majolica is a process requiring multiple firings and great skill with the paintbrush. Their exquisitely detailed mugs depicting local animals, birds and insects will delight anyone lucky enough to receive them, as will their pairs of bee-motif candleholders (made to fit the hand-dipped Niwot Honey Farm beeswax tapers), and Thea’s dessert bowls!

Trek Light Gear

These colorful nylon hammocks and packs are Boulder-designed, fair-trade produced and thoughtfully designed to be incredibly comfortable and durable, holding up to 400 lbs. They come in sizes to serve as everything from a hanging chair or gear-holder to a perfect bed for two. They’re also easy to clean, last for many years, and scrunch down into a little-bitty stuff-sack for easy, lightweight travel. The Bindle Pack emerges from its really tiny stuff-sack to serve as the perfect day-pack once you’ve set up your base camp. Or around town! Trek Light hammocks are not just for lounging and snuggling. Many customers have found that TL hammocks gave them their first sound sleep without back pain in years. They then ditched their mattresses (of all kinds) and have slept in heavenly peace ever since!

Wee Bee Farms

Some of you might know WeeBee Farms for the beautiful, organically grown garlic they produce right here in Boulder. The owner, Karen Beeman, is also a great photographer! Karen loves to share the beauty she sees at her farm and around Boulder County. She carries her camera everywhere and focuses on pollinators and their favorite colorful flowers. We are carrying her stunning photo cards and notebooks.

Willi Eggerman Ceramics

A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture – useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation. To make her organic, botanically inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques. “The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate. They are beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished.” A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region. We are offering a limited number of Willi’s Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal floral specimens or mini-bouquets, and her wonderful salt-fired textural ‘Cactus’ mugs.

Wreaths

These beautiful dark green wreaths with silver color on the underside are made at Nick’s Garden Center in Aurora. We bring them back and decorate them ourselves, using decorative plants, pinecones and compostable ribbon. You can also get a plain one and decorate it yourself!  We are offering them in 14” and 16” sizes. 

FOR OUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS:

Canine Cardigans

Don’t leave your chilly dog out in the cold! If your best friend shivers on those winter walks, Canine Cardigans has the perfect solution: fine handcrafted, well-fitting dog sweaters from up-cycled cashmere, wool & other natural fabrics. Connie re-purposes unwanted vintage and second hand “people” sweaters into unique and fun dog sweaters in her Englewood CO workshop. She sources these sweaters from estate sales, yard sales, and thrift shops. She tells us “Once I find sweaters to use, I bring them home, wash and dry on hot and the ones that survive that make the cut to become dog coats. I also use most of the scrap in creating patchwork coats and sweaters so very little goes to waste and ends up in the landfill. I do all the creating, cutting and sewing in my lovely workroom at home”. Connie loves taking the unique features of each sweater into account as she transforms them into well-fitting dog coats. We are offering an assortment of her delightful sweaters for smaller breeds. While she’s at it, Connie ends up with all those cashmere sleeves, and rather than let them go to waste, she sews them into lovely, super-cozy fingerless arm/hand-warmers for those of us at the other end of the leash.  

Carbon Pawprint

Colorado-based Carbon Pawprint offers pets bowl mats made from reclaimed yoga mats, which are collected from local studios and practitioners. These dishwasher-safe mats help keep food bowls in place and protect your home’s floor from water (and drool) damage. Your furry friends will surely bark their approval knowing that you bought a unique, one-of-a-kind pet accessory while helping to reduce environmental waste and that a percentage of Carbon Pawprint’s profits are shared with local animal rescue organizations and charities!  

Smart Cookie Barkery

Doesn’t your dog deserve a gift? What does your dog love the best, besides you, and fetching? Good food, of course! Smart Cookie is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, where Scott and Bri Bradley make all-natural dehydrated treats and jerky for dogs. Their endeavor is founded on the principle that your dog’s treats should be custom tailored to what your dog(s) need to maintain their best possible health, and be yummy as well. Smart Cookie products are made from scratch in small batches, using fresh, wholesome, human-grade ingredients – real meats that they grind in-house, vegetables and fruits – then dehydrated to retain maximum nutritional value. Their treats are grain-free and soy-free, and have no artificial ingredients.   

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Brain Food & Young People

EXPLORATION

Zometool

It’s a toy for kids of all ages. It’s a tool for scientists and educators. It’s a medium for artists. It’s the winner of 22 awards and counting. And it’s a unique LOCAL product, the brainchild of our innovative friend and neighbor Paul Hildebrandt, also a founder of Eco-Cycle. Inspired by the ground-breaking, visionary work of Steve Baer and Clark Richert, who developed the underlying geometry, Paul began producing Zometool kits in 1992.

BOOKS

‘Rough Beauty’ by Karen Auvinen

We are proud to feature ‘Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living’ by friend and local author Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, mountain woman, and teacher. Her memoir, in the evocative, contemplative spirit of such writers as Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams is an “outstanding…beautiful story of resilience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a luminous, lyric exploration, “a narrative that reads like a captivating novel…a voice not found often enough in literature—a woman who eschews the prescribed role outlined for her by her family and discovers her own path” (Christian Science Monitor) to embrace the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature.  Join Karen Saturday afternoon, December 1 for a book signing!  Exact time to be announced.

Foraging & Feasting Book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

We are very excited to offer this ground-breaking book again! Foraging & Feasting celebrates and reclaims the lost art of turning locally gathered wild plants into highly nutritious, delicious meals, a traditional foodway long practiced by our ancestors but neglected in modern times. The stunning, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening recipes offer an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally, and present creative ways to bring wild edibles into our lives.  We share this project with you out of our long commitment to connecting with nature through food and art. The effort weaves together acclaimed herbalist Dina Falconi’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging, and cooking with Wendy Hollender’s masterful botanical illustrations. In Part Three you’ll find more than 100 master recipes and countless variations formulated to help you easily turn wild plants into delectable salads, soups, beverages, meat dishes, desserts, and a host of other culinary delights.

Kitchen Botany

Would you like to learn botany while you cook? Our own Garima Fairfax’s unique cookbook joins botany and the pleasure of creative cooking. She combines foods which are closely related to each other in order to help learn who is related to whom. Garima continues to receive great reviews from people who have purchased and used her book.  Eating is a very effective (and fun) way to help retain what you learn!

Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree

Mark Andreas, a Life-Coach in Boulder, collected these 61 true stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict. Each story is unique in the resourceful and often surprising solutions that real people have found to change a fearful or threatening encounter into a humanizing connection. Not moralistic, and genuinely eye-opening, heart-opening and inspiring. It makes a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again. This excellent read was a big hit at our holiday gift market last year. Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree is strongly endorsed by Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior), William Ury (author of Getting to Yes), and Eve & Mikl Brawner.

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies

Don’t be fooled by the title; a lot of the area covered is in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins. This is a very good plant ID book from by Mary O’Brien & Karen Vail with interesting descriptions. In addition, it’s an excellent herbal, giving both medicinal and edible uses. Highlighted in yellow are important “cautions”. It is presented in a respectful way, honoring nature as did the Ute Indians who pioneered the use of these plants. For example, did you know that Gambel Oak “…is a good back country first aid plant to know, using the leaves as a poultice or wash for insect bites and wounds, or chewing a piece of the bark for toothaches….” Good photos. These local gals really know their stuff. Highly recommended.

Spiders in Your Neighborhood book – Harlequin’s Exclusive!

Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.  Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! As a nature enthusiast, we have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle nature. Learn about jumpers, wolf spiders, tarantulas, and, of course, the black widow!

Spiders in Your Neighborhood features detailed drawings and photos of the critters you’ll find, and sections on types of webs, how and where to discover spiders, spider anatomy, common relatives… even a spidey quiz to test your creepy crawly knowledge. So, grab a flashlight and your sleuthing kit and join Pat ”Spiderman” Stadille on a journey around your backyard that will leave you spinning with excitement.  This small book is suitable for any age.

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Katrina Blair is the author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. But if we can become familiar with these thirteen edible survival weeds found all over the world, we will never go hungry, and we will become closer to our own wild human instincts—all the while enjoying the freshest, wildest, and most nutritious food there is.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. We offer children’s books that are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Also great story books, beautifully and cleverly told and illustrated. In addition, we have youth orientated interactive items that put kids in touch with nature and teach about nature and natural history. Come in to see our selection!

  

MUSIC

The Boulder Irish Session ~ Next Sunday at Conor’s

At 30 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who have come together for more than 30 years on Sunday evenings in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. After the closure of Conor O’Niell’s Pub, where they played for 18 years, they are happy to have found a great new home one block away at License #1, downstairs in the Hotel Boulderado (every Sunday night from 7pm).

Jon Sousa, Take Down the Door 

Our most exciting local Celtic music band, featuring Jesse Burns, Jon Sousa, Eric Turin, Adam Agee and Beth Gadbaw, recorded live in concert in Lyons.  Jon’s albums include Ceol na gCarad (his latest duo CD with Adam Agee), Suantrai (duo CD with Adam Agee and Jon Sousa), Twilight (Jon Sousa solo), Take Down the Door (pictured), and Canyon Sunrise (Andy Reiner & Jon Sousa).

Margot Krimmel

Margot is one of the region’s finest and most versatile harpists. Her fresh, innovative approach, passion and virtuosity have won her numerous awards. Her most recent CD, Black Rose, features Margot on the harp and vocals, along with Beth Gadbaw’s exquisite vocals, Beth Harmon on the fiddle and Eric Olson on the uilean pipes and whistle. This CD was recorded LIVE at the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Black Forest, Colorado.

 

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Gardening & Beekeeping

Beauty Beyond Belief Seeds

BBB is a great local seed company, offering wildflower mixes (Rocky Mtn. natives), and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees and other wild flower seed mixes perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.

Beekeeping Supplies

Harlequin’s Gardens has loved and supported bees for a long, long time. We also know that many of our customers already keep  honey bees, would like to learn how, or would just like to learn more about how to support bees and other pollinators.  So, several years ago we transformed the back portion of our building into The Bee Barn (painted the color of honey, of course!).  It’s continued to grow and change with the needs of bees and our customers. (Photo Credit, left: Red Hot Pepper Studio.)

Our Bee Barn is full of a good selection, featuring locally sourced products where possible.  We feature 8 and 10 frame Langstroth hive equipment (both assembled and unassembled) and real beeswax foundation.  We have a locally constructed top bar hive made with rough cut beetle-kill pine, a window and a screened bottom. Come and check out our great selection of tools and accessories, protective gear, feeding and bee health supplies, and great books.

Whether you’re a new or continuing beekeeper, our staff beekeepers can  answer questions and give advice. You’ll find our prices are quite reasonable.  We have Beekeepers Shopping Lists for Beginners, Seasonal, and Holiday Gift Giving to help guide your selections.  Kristina Williams, our own local bee expert will be on hand on Dec 16, 23, and 24 to help tailor your bee-gifting.

Return of Native Bees!
The Front Range is home to over 500 species of native bees.  These mostly solitary bees did ALL of the bee pollinating before the introduction of honey bees from Europe in the 1600s.  They love our weather, soils and native plants.  And we love them!  We’ve partnered with Crown Bees to bring you a selection of products to help you culture these gentle hole nesting bees such as woolcarder, mason, and leafcutter bees using responsible, sustainable, clean culture methods.  In spring we’ll be partnering again with Tom Theobald, a local mason bee cultivator,  with bees that are absolutely locally adapted and won’t introduce diseases from other parts of the country.  Here are some great gift options in order of the pictures.

  1. Native Bee Chalet: for placing nesting tubes for the current season and an attic for placing the previous seasons bees to emerge this season.
  2. Pollinator Pack: Tubes in an assortment of sizes and materials provide nesting holes for a variety of our native bees.
  3. InviteaBee Plus Pheromone (scent):  an extra enticement for mason bees to use your nesting site.
  4. Native Bee Guide Booklet: a brief introduction to just some of the bee species that may nest in your native bee house.
  5. The Mason Bee Revolution book: for those who are seriously into mason bees.
  6. Reusable cardboard mason bee tubes with disposable paper liners: the system Tom Theobald uses for those interested in spring mason bees in particular.

Bulbs, Outdoor – 40% off!

We still have species tulips, Narcissus, Crocus, Alliums, Galanthus elwesii (snowdrops), Chionodoxa forbesii, dwarf iris, and Anemone , plus drought-tolerant flowering onions!  Yes, you can still plant them, as long as your soil is not yet frozen. Or you can force them in pots – they will cheer you up in late winter! Some of them are fragrant, too.   These great bulbs are a whopping 40% off their original price!

Bulbs, Indoor – 30% off!

We have wonderful Amaryllis kits for ‘Minerva’, ‘Vera’, ‘Red Lion’, and ‘Mont Blanc’ varieties.  We also have Amaryllis sonatini ‘Pink Rascal’ and ‘Balentino’ (not in kit) and Paperwhites (in box kit with pot). These beauties will brighten your holiday decor and make for a lovely hostess gift!  All are 30% off their original price!

Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificate

Not sure what to give?  Consider giving a Gift Certificate to Harlequin’s Gardens!  Our Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for up to one calendar year. With a gift certificate, your recipients can select from our wide array of neonic-free plants, soil products, gardening and bee-keeping tools and supplies, and more!  Visit our store to purchase, mail-in your order with a check payment, or call 303-939-9403 and have your credit card handy!

Japanese Knife-Weeder (Hori Hori)

Reviewed by our Deb: “This is the best all-around tool ever!  Whenever I go out into the garden with no particular task in mind (other than peace of mind putzing) I grab this tool.  It can dig, saw into fat roots, slice into bindweed roots with the pointed tip, it’s wonderful.  I have a sheath for it which slides nicely onto a regular belt or garden-tool belt. I love using it for planting bulbs as I can make a deep, small hole.  If I could only have one tool forever, I would choose this one.”   

Stella Natura Astrological Planting Calendar 2019

The Stella Natura Wall Calendar is an easy-to-use, informative and beautiful planting and gardening calendar that shows the best times to take advantage of the cosmic influences of the moon, sun and planets. This is a research-based system that is used by Biodynamic farmers and gardeners.  We have been using this calendar for over 25 years and believe it has helped with germination of seeds, root development of cuttings, and healthy plant development. More than just a calendar – it’s packed with valuable information and insights for successful growing, from seed to harvest.  

Succulents & Indoor Plants

This year we offer tropical succulent plants for easy indoor growing. Succulents are very sculptural plants, often with unusual coloring, structure and texture, and they thrive indoors with very little attention. And some of our succulents have valuable medicinal properties you can use in your home. We can give you details when you come in.

Super Illuminated Loupe

This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers.

West County Gardening Gloves

We love West County gloves!  They are made from recycled plastic bottles, are very durable and stand-up to several seasons of tough gardening. They are machine washable and retain their shape.  And they come in great colors and patterns!  We carry their Work Glove, Rose Gauntlet, Mud Glove and Grip Glove, all in a range of sizes.  If you give these gloves as a gift, be assured that the recipient is welcome to exchange them for a different in-stock size, as long as they are still unused and in their original packaging. 

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Wishing you all a heart-warming and meaningful holiday season.  We hope to see you soon!  
Eve & Mikl
and the Most Wonderful Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Thanks for a wonderful season!

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, is the last day of our Plant Sales Season

Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,

Today is the very last day of our 2018 nursery season. Each year when this day comes, we feel a bit melancholy; we have enjoyed your company so much through the past 8 months, and will miss you! Of course, we hope to see you here in November and December at our Holiday Gift Market (see below).

As our nursery season is closing, we would like to thank you very sincerely for your business and support that makes it possible for us to continue presenting and growing Harlequin’s Gardens year after year.

And we would especially like to express our gratitude for who you are: people who Care and Act in support of our Earth and our future generations. You care about conserving our precious water. You care about conserving our limited energy and getting that energy from renewable sources. You care about reducing our carbon emissions and reversing global climate change. You care about reducing or eliminating the poisons that are used in gardening and agriculture. You care about healthy, organic food and many of you grow fresh food for yourselves and to share with our community.  You care about Nature and growing our local natives in your home gardens. You care about the birds, pollinators and the earthworms, and even about the health of beneficial fungi and bacteria.

And these are some of the reasons you shop at Harlequin’s Gardens and why we work so intensely to manifest the above values as much as we are able. Together we are actually making a difference on our planet and in our local ecology.  We couldn’t do it without you!

“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”   

Anna Lappe

 


HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

We will re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market on Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!

Pictured left, Marie Foucault-Phipps’ stunning, intriguing, and elegant glass tableware! Using a technique that dates as far back as the 9th century (Turkey), Marie paints her original designs with ‘Silver Stain’ (silver oxide) on clear glass pieces. They are then fired in a kiln and emerge with a rich and exciting color palette ranging from yellows and golds to deep coppery oranges, and molten reds! She describes it as “a wild medium, not reliable, and always surprising” and says she enjoys “exploiting its freedom”.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Holiday Market!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Just 8 Days Left!

The Last Nursery Day of the season is Tuesday Oct. 30!   

Fortunately, we are experiencing another ‘Indian Summer’ which gives us an excellent opportunity to plant perennial flowers, vines, grasses, shrubs and deciduous trees, as well as

SPRING-BLOOMING BULBS! 

We still have a good selection of our favorite deer-proof Daffodils (Narcissus) and early-blooming miniature Narcissus. 

Also in the deer-proof or deer-resistant category we have the delightful miniature ‘botanical’ Iris selections, classic early Snowdrops, Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii), beautiful golden Allium moly, very xeric A. christophii, tall purple A. ‘Rosenbachii’, and white/pink native A.’Graceful’, true-blue A. caeruleum and Anemone blanda. We also have the very special, very hardy steppe-native Blue Siberian Lily (Ixiolirion pallasii)! All of these will naturalize and are long-lived and easy to grow.

For those who garden where the deer and the antelope do not play, we also have some of the best and most beautiful naturalizing Crocus and early wildflower Tulips! 

And we are still offering wonderfully fragrant, highly giftable Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs and Blue Hyacinth bulbs! Our fragrant Hyacinths have already been ‘pre-treated’ (given a cold period) for winter indoor bloom, and come with a special traditional Hyacinth Glass in which to grow them.

We offer additional hyacinth glasses you can use for growing the Paperwhites, too; Paperwhite bulbs come in packages of 5 bulbs, so with just one package and 5 glasses, you’ve got the makings of 5 lovely gifts!

You might be wise to pick up some Row Cover Fabric from us NOW, so you’ll be prepared to extend the season of your fall vegetable crops, and be ready to get a jump on spring veggies! Most of the Brassica (Cabbage-family) vegetables, especially Asian greens, do best when planted as early as possible. Row Cover Fabric will help you get that Pak Choi, Tastsoi, broccoli, raab, etc. in early enough to prevent premature bolting in our warm (or even hot) spring weather, and make spring plantings of carrots, radishes, turnips and beets more successful!


AMARYLLIS BULB KIT

Nothing like an easy bulb kit to help you kick-start your holiday bulb planting!  Our packaged kit includes your choice of bulb (pictured and listed below), attractive pot, and potting soil, packaged in a gift-worthy gold box.     


Top Row: Amaryllis ‘Minerva’, Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’, Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Balentino’
Second Row: Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Pink Rascal’, Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’


BEEKEEPERS ALERT!

This winter is predicted to be quite cold, so be prepared to protect your hive(s) with our BEE COZIES.

And for those of you cultivating MASON BEES, come in to get replacement nesting straw LINERS so you will have them ready to set out in early spring. Re-using old liners is NOT RECOMMENDED!


FALL SALE

We’ll have a new batch of Western Grow compost tomorrow (Tuesday).   And at 50% off, this is a great time to stock up!

OCTOBER 22 thru 30:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs and trees

  • 20% off roses, fruit trees, and books

  • 50% (wow!) off soil products in big bags

  • 50% off compost tea (get it while the brewer is running!)

  • 4” perennials in full flats of 12 or 15 plants are ONLY $4.20 each (regularly $6.95).  Mix & Match!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks are $0.50 each.   

 


HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET!

We’re open seven days a week, 9 AM to 5 PM through Tuesday, October 30.  We will then re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market on Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!

Pictured left is Theresa Haberkorn’s wonderful 2019 wall calendar, which will be available at our Gift Market.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Snow? What snow? Our Fall Sale Continues


OUR FALL SALE and BULB BONANZA IS ON!

We too were surprised at the dramatic weather change on Saturday!  These surprising changes definitely keep Colorado gardening interesting.  Thankfully the upcoming temperatures are looking moderate and we have many healthy plants at the lowest prices of the season that are looking for a home.  Come see our selection, and in particular, our BULBS: mid to late October is the perfect time to plant bulbs, especially now that the soil is moist and pliable. (More info below.)

We’re open seven days a week, 9 AM to 5 PM through the end of October.  We will then re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual Holiday Gift Market on Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!
Pictured left are Aay Bravin’s Fingerless Gloves & Hat and our Native Bee Chalet.  Aay’s grandmother taught her how to weave and crochet in their small village in northern Thailand,  Her self-sufficient family grew cotton and raised silkworms, making all their own clothing and food, all without electricity or phone service.  Now in Boulder, Aay enthusiastically continues to knit, crochet and weave and share the beauty of her creations. Her warm, snug-fitting fingerless gloves are both beautiful and practical, enabling easy phone use, writing and handwork.

An easy way to share your care and appreciation is to give a Harlequin’s Gardens Gift Certificate.  They are available in any denomination, valid for one year, and can be purchased over the phone with a credit card!  The recipient can use their gift certificate to purchase plants, store products, and items from our Bee Barn.  Call 303-939-9403 to order yours!


READY, SET, PLANT BULBS NOW!

Spring blooming bulbs are here, and selling fast!  We recommend that bulbs be planted in October and November for best results, and to use Root Rally to enhance rooting.  Root Rally is a blend of bone meal and Endo/Ecto mycorrhizae spores and plant nutrients, providing mycorrhizae life support for all plants.  When the bulb begins to root, this premium mycorrhizae blend will reduce transplant shock encourage root growth and increase water/nutrient uptake.

Some of our favorite bulbs are pictured below.  Only two more weeks to buy our wonderful bulbs!  We’re open 9-5, seven days a week!

Ixiolirion pallassii, Blue Mountain Lily

Native to rocky hillsides from SW and Central Asia, this lovely wildflower bears umbels of starry violet-blue flowers above grass-like foliage for 3 to 4 weeks in late May and early June. Perfect for the well-drained xeriscape garden, this bulb will thrive in a dry, sunny spot where it receives some spring moisture, followed by hot, dry conditions in summer, and will self-sow and naturalize where it’s happy. Resistant to browsing by deer and rabbits and a great cut flower. Zone 5. 10” – 16” tall. Plant 5” deep, 4” apart.

Galanthus elwesii, Giant Snowdrop

This large-flowering Greek native has broad, ivory flowers tipped green with gray-green foliage. Blooms in March/April.  Giant Snowdrops have a single green “V” marking on the inner segment of the blossom.  The linear foliage is like wide blades of grass, and the bloom is like three droplets of milk hanging from a stiff 4 to 8″ stem.  Preferring moist, humus-rich loamy or clay soils and semi-shade, they are excellent plants for light woodlands or under deciduous shrubs and trees, in rockeries, in lawns meadows or paths.  Snow drops are long-lived and spread gently by seed and by bulb offsets. They are easily lifted and divided to share or create new patches.  Pollinated by honeybees.  Deer and rodent resistant.  Plant 4″ deep and 2″-4″ apart. 5″ to 8″ tall. Zone 3.

Allium christophii

A most surprising, outrageous flower for xeriscapes!  The giant globes, to 10″ diameter or more, are held on fairly short stems, 8″-18″tall, blooming in mid-spring.  The hundreds of starry, silver-lavender florets each have a green ‘eye’ are arranged so that their petal-tips touch to form a perfect sphere.  This easy naturalizer has been highly successful in our xeriscape display gardens, eliciting lots of interest.  Also spectacular in large flower arrangements, fresh or dried.  Deer and rabbit resistant, and very drought-tolerant.  If you don’t want it to naturalize, dead-head before the seeds mature.  Hardy to Zone 4, 14″-24″ tall, Plant 6″-8″ deep and 8″-10″ apart.

Narcissus ‘Hawera’, (miniature daffodil)

This 1938 heirloom triandrus-type miniature daffodil provides a long-lasting display of many little elfin, light lemon – yellow nodding bells with short demitasse cups and swept back petals.  Each 5-6″ slender stem bears one or two of these dainty blooms with wonderful, fruity fragrance.  It is one of the most adaptable, and seems to thrive in partial shade or full sun, growing beautifully forced in pots, shining and thriving growing in scree or dryer areas as well as in the garden border.  Blooming in mid-late spring (May), it contrasts nicely with grape hyacinths and is exquisite with hellebores.  The very slender foliage is easy to hide while it matures.  Hardy to Zone 3-4.  Deer and rodent-proof.

Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler’, Spring Starflower

A spring gem for dry or moderately watered gardens in shade and part-shade. This long-blooming bulb sends up a mound of grassy foliage in autumn that persists over winter and begins blooming in early spring, producing a long succession of sweetly fragrant starry cobalt blue flowers through late spring. Succeeds in a wide range of soils but requires reasonably good drainage. Resistant to deer and rabbits!
Plant 3-5″ deep, 3-4″ apart. 3” – 5” tall. Zone 5.

Tulipa kaufmanniana Johann Strauss

A beautiful dwarf early Kaufmanniana tulip, to 6″ tall, with multicolored flowers that have an elegant teardrop shape when closed, showing bright golden yellow outer petals with cream edges and flushed brilliant red.  When fully open in the sun, the flowers resemble creamy-white waterlilies with bright yellow centers.  ‘Johann Strauss’ also has very attractive gray-green foliage with burgundy stripes.  Very cold-hardy and adaptable, it will multiply and naturalize, flowering year after year.  Plant in full sun, 6″ deep and 3-6″ apart.  Hardy to Zone 3a.


 

GARLIC IS IN THE HOUSE!

Our garlic bulbs have been very popular and we only have one variety left – but it’s a good one!  Visit our website for Garlic Planting Instructions.

Italian Late (softneck)

Light colored wrappers covering cloves which are generally fat and round. The extra-tight skin makes it a better keeper. This variety matures later than Early Italian Purple and tends to be somewhat smaller then Early Italian Purple as well. Good braiding type.


GRASSHOPPER BAIT

Fight grasshoppers with non-toxic grasshopper spore, safe for everything except grasshoppers and crickets!  Our 1 pound containers of Semaspore Grasshopper Bait are now only $12 (regularly $25).


BEEKEEPERS ALERT:

foundation-less frames are now 50% off!

Try something new next spring! Make cut comb honey. Best to place between frames with foundation or drawn comb.

 


FALL SALE THIS WEEK

OCTOBER 15 thru 21:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs and trees

  • 20% off roses, fruit trees, and books

  • 50% (wow!) off soil products in big bags

  • 50% off compost tea (get it while the brewer is running!)

  • 4” perennials in full flats of 12 or 15 plants are ONLY $4.20 each (regularly $6.95).  Mix & Match!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks are $0.50 each.  

 


BIG BAG SOIL PRODUCTS

Many of our big bag soil products are sold out – but don’t worry, we’re committed to having a steady supply of good quality compost and fine wood chip mulch through the end of the season!  And at 50% off, this is a great time to stock up!

ECOPETT
Natural Pine Coop Bedding (or cat litter!)

EcoPett contains recycled beetle-kill pine and activated carbon, making it very absorbent, with powerful odor control.  It outperforms and outlasts hay and wood shavings.  Expands up to 5 times when wet.  Reduces cleaning by 50%.

Regularly $11 per bag, EcoPett is now only $5.50 per bag!!


ROSES

Special Roses Sale!

Mikl has added dozens of roses to our Deep Discount Area!  Previously $26 to $30, these roses are now only  $5 to $8 each!  While these seconds may be a little homely, they are own-root roses that will grow to be strong, healthy roses with a little TLC from you!  Befriend a rose or two – and even take a gamble on a mystery rose – they will brighten your garden next season!

Rose Fertilizer

We are stocked with a good supply of Mile-Hi Rose Feed and Mile-Hi Alfalfa Meal to support the establishment of your new roses, and to promote strength and vitality for your existing roses next season.  And don’t worry, it’s not too late in the season to use this locally made, organic, slow release fertilizer!


AMARYLLIS BULB KIT

Nothing like an easy bulb kit to help you kick-start your holiday bulb planting!  Our packaged kit includes your choice of bulb (pictured and listed below), attractive pot, and potting soil, packaged in a gift-worthy gold box.  We also have gift-packaged Hyacinth ‘Delft Blue’ kits that come with a traditional hyacinth glass!   

In addition, we have several varieties of individual amaryllis bulbs as well as beautiful and richly scented ‘Ziva’ Paperwhite Narcissus, which should be planted soon for holiday blooms.


Top Row: Amaryllis ‘Minerva’, Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’, Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Balentino’
Second Row: Amaryllis Sonatini ‘Pink Rascal’, Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’

 


EARTHBOX GARDEN KIT

Earthboxes are a wonderful invention for those of us in need of watering and fertilizing assistance!  Set-up your Earthbox at the beginning of the season with the included dolomite and fertilizer, plant with your favorite veggies and/or flowers, and fill the water reservoir.  Then, all you need to to is top the water reservoir every week or so, depending on climatic conditions.

Each Earthbox kit includes:

  • 15″ x 15″ decorative planting container
  • Dolomite, 1 pound
  • Fertilizer, 1 pound
  • Covers, 2
  • Fill tube
  • Aeration Screen

And best yet, this $64 regularly priced kit is now only $40!!

 


PLANT SUPPORTS AND ANCHORS

These tools can help you keep even the most unruly plants supported, which can be a challenge for all gardeners.

Plant Supports

(Pictured above, left.)  These sturdy stakes are essential for those heavy-flowered plants such as peony.  We’ve reduce their price so that  two stakes are now the price on one!

Plant Anchors

(Pictured above, right.)  Simply glue the round disc to your vertical surface, feed nursery tape, twine, fishing line, etc. through the loop and you’ve created a subtle, yet effective trellis for your vine!  And guess what?  They are Free!


PHARM PRODUCTS

Many of our ever-popular and very effective Pharm products are on sale – come in to find out more!!


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT for the lowest prices of the season!

We can’t believe that it’s already October and time to clear our shelves!  We have many bargains to share with you from soil products, fertilizers, pest products, planting containers to veggie starts, roses, perennials, shrubs and trees (the sooner you get these gems in the ground, the better!).  We look forward to seeing you this week!

We’re open seven days a week, 9 AM to 5 PM through the end of October. (We’re no longer open until 6 PM on Thursdays.)  We will then re-open for our fabulous 7th Annual HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET Green Friday, Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Stay tuned for more details!


ROSES

Special Roses Sale!

Mikl has just added dozens of roses to our Deep Discount Area!  Previously $26 to $30, these roses are now only  $5 to $8 each!  While these seconds may be a little homely, they are own-root roses that will grow to be strong, healthy roses with a little TLC from you!  Befriend a rose or two – and even take a gamble on a mystery rose – they will brighten your garden next season!

Rose Fertilizer

We are stocked with a good supply of Mile-Hi Rose Feed and Mile-Hi Alflafa Meal to support the establishment of your new roses, and to promote strength and vitality for your existing roses next season.  And don’t worry, it’s not too late in the season to use this locally made, organic, slow release fertilizer!


GARLIC IS IN THE HOUSE!

Fall is here and for many that means it’s time to plant garlic and shallot bulbs – yay!  We have a wonderful selection and hope you come in soon for the best choices!  Visit our website for Garlic Planting Instructions.

Garlic

German Red (Hardneck)

This large bright purple bulb contains 8-12, extra easy-to-peel, round, light brown cloves with some purple at the base. Flavor is strong, hot, and spicy. Keeps moderately well when properly cured and stored. Can be grown in mild climates; However, develops better quality and size where winters are cold. Color will become brighter if it is stressed by too much water.

Spanish Roja (hardneck)

This vigorous, easy-to-grow heirloom variety arrived in the US over 100 years ago. It is famous for its classic rich, complex ‘true garlic’ flavor and is one of the most popular with restaurants/chefs. The large, purple streaked bulbs often reach three inches in diameter and typically have seven to twelve large tan cloves. Spanish Roja peels easily and keeps for up to 4-6 months when properly stored (the outer bulb wrappers are thin and flake off easily so be careful to keep them intact to prolong storage). Like all hard-neck garlic, Spanish Roja will produce curly ‘scapes’ (flowering stems), which can be snipped off and used for another culinary treat in late spring.  This variety grows well in cold winter areas, and is cold-hardy to Zone 3

Inchelium Red (organic, softneck)

Large 3″ + bulbs produce 8-20 cloves of good size. Mild, but lasting flavor, with a hint of hot! Dense cloves store well. Flavor can get stronger in storage. This vigorous soft-necked variety won a Rodale taste test of 20 garlic strains – named “Very Best of the Soft-Necks”.

Italian Late (softneck)

Light colored wrappers covering cloves which are generally fat and round. The extra-tight skin makes it a better keeper. This variety matures later than Early Italian Purple and tends to be somewhat smaller then Early Italian Purple as well. Good braiding type.

Shallots

Holland Red

Shallots are aromatic and flavorful, yet smoother and sweeter than Onions or Garlic, and act as a catalyst in recipes, subtly enhancing other flavors. They are mild and delicate when cooked. If onions are at all upsetting to your stomach, you’ll find Shallots much easier to digest and less sharp smelling, both raw and cooked. Shallots are easy to grow, and each set produces a whole cluster of bulbs. ‘Holland Red’ delivers mellow, quintessential Shallot flavor in a plump, round bulb with coppery-red skins that peel easily, and purple-tinged white flesh with reddish-purple inner rings. A super-productive variety and an excellent keeper that can be braided and hung in your kitchen or pantry.  They keep this way for up to 1 year! ‘Holland Yellow’ provides most of the same qualities, but has white flesh and tan-yellow skins. Grow in full sun, spaced 4-6” apart in rich loamy soil. Cold-hardy to Zone 3.


FALL SALE THIS WEEK,

OCTOBER 1 thru 7:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, shrubs & trees

  • 20% off roses, fruit trees, and books

  • 50% (wow!) off soil products in big bags

  • 50% off compost tea (get it while the brewer is running!)

  • 4” perennials in full flats of 12 or 15 plants are ONLY $4.20 each (regularly $6.95).  Mix & Match!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks are $0.50 each.  

 


BIG BAG SOIL PRODUCTS

Many of our big bag soil products are sold out – but don’t worry, we’re committed to having a steady supply of good quality compost and fine wood chip mulch through the end of the season!  And at 50% off, this is a great time to stock up!


AMARYLLIS BULB KIT

Nothing like an easy bulb kit to help you kick-start your holiday bulb planting!  Our kit includes your choice of bulb (pictured and listed below), pot, and potting compost.

Pictured: Amaryllis ‘Minerva’, Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’, Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’


EARTHBOX GARDEN KIT

Earthboxes are a wonderful invention for those of us in need of watering and fertilizing assistance!  Set-up your Earthbox at the beginning of the season with the included dolomite and fertilizer, plant with your favorite veggies and/or flowers, and fill the water reservoir.  Then, all you need to to is top the water reservoir every week or so, depending on climatic conditions.

Each Earthbox kit includes:

  • 15″ x 15″ decorative planting container
  • Dolomite, 1 pound
  • Fertilizer, 1 pound
  • Covers, 2
  • Fill tube
  • Aeration Screen

And best yet, this $64 regularly priced kit is now only $40!!

 


PLANT SUPPORTS AND ANCHORS

These tools can help you keep even the most unruly plants supported, which can be a challenge for all gardeners.

Plant Supports

(Pictured above, left.)  These sturdy stakes are essential for those heavy-flowered plants such as peony.  We’ve reduce their price so that  two stakes are now the price on one!

Plant Anchors

(Pictured above, right.)  Simply glue the round disc to your vertical surface, feed nursery tape, twine, fishing line, etc. through the loop and you’ve created a subtle, yet effective trellis for your vine!  And guess what?  They are Free!


PHARM PRODUCTS

Many of our ever-popular and very effective Pharm products are on sale – come in to find out more!!


GRASSHOPPER BAIT

Fight grasshoppers with non-toxic grasshopper spore, safe for everything except grasshoppers and crickets!  Our 1 pound containers of Semaspore Grasshopper Bait are now only $12 (regularly $25).


BEEKEEPERS ALERT:

foundation-less frames are now 50% off!

Try something new next spring! Make cut comb honey. Best to place between frames with foundation or drawn comb.

 


 

BULB BONANZA! (also going fast!)

Spring and fall blooming bulbs are here, and selling fast! A few more varieties will arrive in early October! While we recommend that bulbs be planted in October and November for best results, there are Autumn-blooming Crocus that should be planted as soon as possible to get blooms this fall.

Newly planted Colchium speciosum ‘The Giant’ (pictured left with Plumbago in Eve’s garden) will bloom in a few weeks if planted NOW.   Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) will bloom in October or November if planted NOWRichly scented Narcissus ‘Paperwhite Ziva’ should be forced soon for holiday blooms to bloom in time for the Holiday Season.  Paperwhites are beautiful and richly fragrant.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Our Fall Sale Continues with LOTS of Beautiful Plants You Can Plant Now!


We still have a good selection of natives, ground covers, cacti, herbs, perennials, and vines (including Clematis!!) at 30% off the regular price and a great selection of Roses and Fruit trees at 20% off the regular price. (Pictured at left is the rose Golden Wings)

Working on a bee-friendly garden? We have Asters, Goldenrod, Butterfly bushes, Russian Sage, Catmint, and a great selection of spring bulbs! Ask for for the Harlequin’s Gardens list of pollinator-friendly plants at the front desk.

We also have LOTS of fall vegetable starts, now 50% off!

Another fall activity that will bring spring-time joy is to plant bulbs.  We have an extensive collection of daffodils, tulips, and many other interesting varieties for your garden.


Bargain Pest Control

Fight grasshoppers with non-toxic grasshopper spore, safe for everything except grasshoppers and crickets! Our 1lb containers of Semaspore Grasshopper Bait are now only $12 (regularly $25).


Beekeepers Alert: foundation-less frames are now 50% off!

Try something new next spring! Make cut comb honey. Best to place between frames with foundation or drawn comb.


 

FERTILIZING

Our days are shorter, the weather is hopefully cooling down and we look forward to getting more rain. Together, this means fall is a good planting season and the best time to fertilize.

Right up until plants go dormant, fall is when perennials, shrubs and trees make 60% or more of their feeder root growth. In fact, roots will continue to grow for 2 weeks after leaves fall. Still, the longer the plants have to establish a strong root system, the better they can absorb water and survive winter and Colorado’s often shocking spring weather.

Fall is THE best time to fertilize turf, perennials, trees, shrubs and even roses, IF you use organic fertilizers. Fall is when plants store food in their roots for spring energy, and fall is when fruit trees, berry bushes and flowering shrubs form their flower and fruit buds. If this year’s crop was very productive or if the plants suffered from fireblight or other stresses, fall fertilization is doubly important for next year’s health and performance.

Fall fertilization is also the best time for your wallet:

Fertilizers that are 50% off and GOING FAST!

September is the best time of year to aerate your lawn. Aeration should be followed with fertilizer and ideally with a quarter inch of compost topdressing. This will help to thicken up sparse lawns and help to prevent fungal diseases.

Richlawn 8-2-1 Lawn Fertilizer – also good for gardens!

Is a 100% organic product comprised of dehydrated made from chicken manure, blood meal, and feather meal.  It is certified by OMRI for organic use.  It is ideal for lawns, veggies, and roses. One bag covers 2,000 square feet.  The CU Cooperative Extension Service recommends using Richlawn for all fruiting plants, including grapes, currants, and raspberries.

Coop Poop, 2-4-3

Coop Poop is a well-composted and economical chicken manure from an egg farm.  It is a low odor, high performance product that supports flowering and fruiting and soil life.  It’s 8% calcium helps make strong cell walls and roots which leads to disease resistance and supports photosynthesis. It is great for lawns and shrubs.

ROSE fertilizers (not on sale)

Last week the Boulder Valley Rose Society fed the lovely roses at the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder.  This is the ideal time for you to fertilize your roses as well!  We recommend a 50:50 blend of Mile Hi Rose Feed and Alfalfa Meal for best results.

Mile-Hi Rose Feed, 7-8-4

Is a mixture blended specifically for Colorado conditions. It contains plant nutrient compounds and organic mixture of alfalfa and kelp, encouraging root growth while boosting overall plant health, promoting repeat flowering & strength.  As an organic fertilizer, it is ideal for September use.

Alfalfa Meal

Alfalfa meal breaks down when in contact with soil organisms and triggers the release of soil nutrients.  When used with Mile-Hi Rose Feed, alfalfa meal helps produce healthier foliage, better stems, more basal breaks (new canes coming up from the roots) and greater plant vigor.


BULB BONANZA! (also going fast!)

Spring and fall blooming bulbs are here, and selling fast! A few more varieties will arrive in early October, and GARLIC is on its way here! While we recommend that bulbs be planted in October and November for best results, there are Autumn-blooming Crocus that should be planted as soon as possible to get blooms this fall.

Newly planted Colchium speciosum ‘The Giant’ (pictured left with Plumbago in Eve’s garden) will bloom in a few weeks if planted NOW.   Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) will bloom in October or November if planted NOWRichly scented Narcissus ‘Paperwhite Ziva’ should be forced soon for holiday blooms to bloom in time for the Holiday Season.  Paperwhites are beautiful and richly fragrant.


FALL SALE THIS WEEK, SEPTEMBER 24 thru 30:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, shrubs & trees

  • 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees, and Books

50% (wow!) off soil products in big bags and compost tea!

  • 4” perennials in full flats of 12 or 15 plants are ONLY $4.20 each (regularly $6.95).  Mix & Match!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks are $0.50 each.  


Referrals

Know anyone that would also enjoy receiving our blogs?  If so, forward this blog to them and they can click here to subscribe.

Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information and photos!

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

A Beautiful Spring Starts Now, with Fall Fertilization!

As our growing season is growing towards a close the plants are working hard underground to store energy and build reserves for next season.  One easy way we can give our plants a boost for a successful 2019 is to fertilize them now.  Read more below about what you can do for now your lawn, roses, and perennials.

Another fall activity that will bring spring-time joy is to plant bulbs.  We have an extensive collection of daffodils, tulips, and many other interesting varieties for your garden.

In the meantime you can still receive more immediate gratification by planting fall veggies and some of the many perennials, shrubs and trees that we have on sale! 


FERTILIZATING

Our days are shorter, the weather is hopefully cooling down and we look forward to getting more rain. Together, this means fall is a good planting season and the best time to fertilize.

Right up until plants go dormant, fall is when perennials, shrubs and trees make 60% or more of their feeder root growth. In fact, roots will continue to grow for 2 weeks after leaves fall. Still, the longer the plants have to establish a strong root system, the better they can absorb water and survive winter and Colorado’s often shocking spring weather.

Fall is THE best time to fertilize turf, perennials, trees, shrubs and even roses, IF you use organic fertilizers. Fall is when plants store food in their roots for spring energy, and fall is when fruit trees, berry bushes and flowering shrubs form their flower and fruit buds. If this year’s crop was very productive or if the plants suffered from fireblight or other stresses, fall fertilization is doubly important for next year’s health and performance.

Fall fertilization is also the best time for your wallet:

Our large bag fertilizers are 40% off – the lowest that they will be all year!! 

 

LAWNS 

September is the best time of year to aerate your lawn. Aeration should be followed with fertilizer and ideally with a quarter inch of compost topdressing. This will help to thicken up sparse lawns and help to prevent fungal diseases. Fall is also an excellent time to apply Corn Gluten, the organic weed and feed. Its 9% nitrogen replaces fall fertilization and it prevents weeds.

Richlawn 8-2-1 Lawn Fertilizer

Is a 100% organic product comprised of dehydrated made from chicken manure, blood meal, and feather meal.  It is certified by OMRI for organic use.  It is ideal for lawns, veggies, and roses. One bag covers 2,000 square feet.  The CU Cooperative Extension Service recommends using Richlawn for all fruiting plants, including grapes, currants, and raspberries.

Coop Poop, 2-4-3

Coop Poop is a well-composted and economical chicken manure from an egg farm.  It is a low odor, high performance product that supports flowering and fruiting and soil life.  It’s 8% calcium helps make strong cell walls and roots which leads to disease resistance and supports photosynthesis. It is great for lawns and shrubs.

EKO Lawn Topdressing

A very fine compost that disappears into turf, especially after aeration.  It spreads easily around perennials, provides nutrition, holds water, feeds the worms & soil life.  For best results use with an organic fertilizer.

Alpha One Fertilizer, 7-2-2

Is one of long-time favorite all-around fertilizers. Formulated in Loveland for Colorado soils, it is a non-toxic, non-burning slow-release fertilizer that won’t harm beneficial fungi, bacteria or earthworms.  It’s ingredients include alfalfa, cottonseed meal, blood meal, and sunflower.

Corn Gluten

Now is the time to apply Corn Gluten (and again in again in late February/March) to prevent the majority of existing weed seeds from germinating.  By doing this every year, you can virtually eliminate your weed problem.  Kelly Grummons – Timerline Gardens, July  2010.

Corn Gluten is a non-toxic, weed-and-feed with 9% nitrogen. It works by inhibiting seed germination, but is harmless to plants with root systems, people, worms, and microorganisms.  (Since it inhibits seed germination, postpone sowing your grass seed for another month or so.)  The effect of the corn gluten can last up to 6 months and is especially useful in lawns.

ROSES

This week the Mile High Rose Society is fertilizing the lovely roses at the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder.  This is the ideal time for you to fertilize your roses as well!  We recommend a 50:50 blend of Mile Hi Rose Feed and Alfalfa Meal for best results.

Mile-Hi Rose Feed, 7-8-4

Is a mixture blended specifically for Colorado conditions. It contains plant nutrient compounds and organic mixture of alfalfa and kelp, encouraging root growth while boosting overall plant health, promoting repeat flowering & strength.  As an organic fertilizer, it is ideal for September use.

Alfalfa Meal

Alfalfa meal breaks down when in contact with soil organisms and triggers the release of soil nutrients.  When used with Mile-Hi Rose Feed, alfalfa meal helps produce healthier foliage, better stems, more basal breaks and greater plant vigor.


BULB BONANZA!

Spring and fall blooming bulbs are here and ready for you!  While we recommend that bulbs be planted in October and November for best results, there are Autumn-blooming Crocus that should be planted as soon as possible to get blooms this fall.

Newly planted Colchium speciosum ‘The Giant’ (pictured left with plumbago in Eve’s garden) will bloom in a few weeks if planted NOW.   Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) and Crocus cartwrightianus will bloom in October or November if planted NOWRichly scented Narcissus ‘Paperwhite Ziva’ should be forced soon for holiday blooms to bloom in time for the Holiday Season.  Paperwhites are beautiful and richly fragrant.


FALL SALE THIS WEEK, SEPTEMBER 17 thru 23:

  • Enjoy 30% off perennials, shrubs & trees

  • 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees, and Books

  • 40% (wow!) off soil products in big bags

  • Buy one Compost Tea, get one FREE!

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

You will find Golden Columbine, Porter’s Aster, Cheddar Pink Dianthus, Greek Oregano, perennial sunflowers, many sedums, Creeping Phlox, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies  and MORE: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks.  4” perennials in flats of 12 or 15 regular $6.95, full flats ONLY $4.20 each.  Mix & Match!


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

Bees, Bulbs, Veggies

Harlequin’s Gardens

Bees, Bulbs, Veggies,

and our Fabulous Fall Sale!

This is that special time of the year when you can easily plant trees, shrubs, and perennials that will surprise you in the spring with the vigor their roots have gained by establishing over the winter.  And guess what, most of our inventory is on sale at great prices!  See below for details.

In addition, fill out your garden with delicious and nutritious fall veggies including arugula, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, chard, kohlrabi, senposai, kale, and broccoli raab.

Our flowering bulbs are here – and a great selection too!  Come visit our display, read more below, and check out our full selection here.  (Pictured below: Jetfire Narcissus, our bulb display, Species Tulip.)

Coming soon, are Garlic and Shallots, which are expected to arrive the week of September 24th.

We’ve noticed an abundance of native bees on our plants and in our own gardens this season.  Have you?  Check-out our Bee Barn Update, below, and the wonderful pics Kristina has taken of native bees in their Chalet!

Our classes wrap up this weekend with two wonderful offerings!  On Saturday at 1:00, the renowned Zach Hedstrom will show you how to identify and forage for mushrooms right here in the Rocky Mountains.  Then on Sunday at 1:00, Mikl repeats his ever-popular Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty class where he’ll de-mystify how to prune.  Reserve your spot in either or both classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403. 


BEE BARN UPDATE

This week, September 8-15, is the North American Mite-A-Thon.  The Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window. All beekeepers can participate (including you!), creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Just about every pro-honey bee organization out there helps to sponsor this important event!   At this point in the year all beekeepers should know what their hives’ mite levels are (and hopefully they’re under control).  If you have mite counts on your hives, please share it here.  Colorado needs more dots (reports) on the Mite Count MapSo please be active and participate!

If you need supplies for mite monitoring and control, we’re here to help! Come in and let us help you find what you need in our Bee Barn.


With temps in the 90’s again this week, winter may seem far away, but the bees know it’s coming.  They will need to be healthy and well fed.  I recommend feeding 1-2 pounds of pollen substitute per hive between now and Thanksgiving and making sure that the hive has 80 pounds of honey.  That’s a full 10 frame deep box plus several in the bottom.  We can help with syrup feeders from 1 qt to 2 gal, entrance reducers, mouse guards, Bee Cozies (pictured left) and a fridge full of pollen substitute and winter patties. Yum!

Below are cool images of native bees inhabiting our Mason Bee Tubes and Native Bee Chalet!

  

CORN GLUTEN SPECIAL!

Now is the time to apply Corn Gluten (and again in again in late February/March) to prevent the majority of existing weed seeds from germinating.  By doing this every year, you can virtually eliminate your weed problem.  Kelly Grummons – Timerline Gardens, July  2010.

Corn Gluten is a non-toxic, weed-and-feed with 9% nitrogen. It works by inhibiting seed germination, but is harmless to plants with root systems, people, worms, and microorganisms.  (Since it inhibits seed germination, postpone sowing your grass seed for another month or so.)  The effect of the corn gluten can last up to 6 months and is especially useful in lawns.

While supplies last, our Corn Gluten is 30% off the regular $45 price!


EVE’S FAVORITE BULBS

Hi! Eve here, to share with you some of my favorite bulb flowers, and tell you why I especially love them. You can get further details, and pictures of most of them, at our website.

Allium (Nectaroscordum) bulgaricum (Sicilian Honey Lily)

is unlike any other flower in your garden. It’s elegantly shaded from purple-mauve to green and cream, tall and graceful, with highly original and fascinating form and behavior at every stage of its development. And, as the common name implies, it is full of nectar that delights the bees. I’ve had them in my garden for about 20 years, and the clumps have increased very slowly, and never self-sow Pictured below are the three unique stages of bud (shown from two angles), bloom, and upward facing seed capsule.

Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ (Blue Grecian Windflower)

makes a finely-textured seasonal carpet covered with fabulously true-blue daisy-like blooms. And it keeps blooming for quite a long time! It’s a very refined looking wildflower, suitable for underplanting taller bulbs or featured in rock gardens and perennial beds.

Colchicum speciosum ‘The Giant’, Giant Meadow Saffron

is an autumn flowering miracle! One day you see nothing there, having forgotten that you ever planted it, and the next day you have what look like giant pink goblets popping up with the suddenness of mushrooms! They light up areas where you may not have seen a bloom in months, and once established, they bloom for several weeks! They should be planted NOW to get blooms this fall.

Diminutive Crocus chrysanthus ‘Gipsy Girl’, ‘Blue Pearl’, ‘Fuscotinctus’, E.P. Bowles (pictured) and C. seiberi ‘Spring Beauty’  

are some of the very earliest bulbs to bloom, bringing color and cheer to the winter garden in February and March! They form colonies quickly, and they are tough and hardy.

Iris reticulata ‘Alida’

is a gem among gems. If you can, plant it where you can enjoy its sweet fragrance, and allow it to multiply and form dense clumps of intricately formed and patterned little sky-blue flowers in February or March!

Ixiolirion pallassii (I. tataricum) Blue Mountain Lily (arriving soon)

is a wildflower species from Central Asia, and one of the latest-blooming bulb flowers in my garden. And it’s blue! Since its native habitat is rocky, dry and sunny, it’s perfectly at home in xeriscape gardens here and harmonizes perfectly with our xeric native perennials!

Narcissus ‘Geranium’ 

I grow the heirloom Narcissus ‘Geranium’ for its delicious fragrance. Yes, it’s also very lovely to look at – small clusters of white flowers with scarlet-orange cups. I keep planting more of them so I will have enough to enjoy both indoors and out.  

Narcissus ‘Hawera’

is one of my 2 favorite miniature daffodils. The soft yellow individual blooms are about the diameter of a dime, but you get many of them from each bulb, and they multiply quickly to form wonderful clumps or colonies. They’re very dainty, very hardy, very adaptable, and rodents and deer leave them alone!

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’

is my other favorite miniature daffodil. It’s so cute, and so tough! We have clumps of it here at Harlequin’s, thriving in spite of considerable, okay, complete neglect! It blooms for a long time, even in full sun, and its bright orange trumpets and bright yellow petals are so jaunty in early spring. Our resident rabbits don’t bother them.

Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘The First’ and ‘Johann Strauss’

are in of the class of wildflower tulips known as ‘Waterlily’ tulips because the flowers open wide in the sun and they do look something like little waterlilies. They are so easy, so early and very hardy. I tuck them in everywhere I can! 


FALL SALE THIS WEEK, SEPTEMBER 10 thru 16:

  • Enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees

  • 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees, and Books

  • 30% off soil products in big bags

  • 30% off Compost Tea

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

You will find Golden Columbine, Porter’s Aster, Cheddar Pink Dianthus, Greek Oregano, perennial sunflowers, many sedums, Creeping Phlox, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies  and MORE: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks.  4” perennials in flats of 12 or 15 regular $6.95, full flats ONLY $4.20 each. Mix & Match!


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

A Perfect Time To Plant

Get Your Fall Veggies Now!

With cooler weather and some moisture on its way, now is the perfect time for planting fall vegetable starts!
We have many varieties available, including arugula, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, chard, kohlrabi, senposai, kale, and broccoli raab.

Our experienced staff member and teacher, Mimi Yanus, says,You can be picking and eating wonderful greens and brassicas until a really hard frost if you plant now! I have picked spinach on Thanksgiving day.” One of our customers says she is now having a boom harvest after taking Mimi’s class on Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening.

Most of our Bulbs arrived today! Check out our full selection here.
(Photo: Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’)

Garlic and Shallots are on their way (expected to arrive the week of September 24th)


This Sunday, September 9th at 1PM, Learn How To Mulch with Mikl Brawner. Weedbarrier, wood chips, straw, fine gravel, bark? Which mulches should be used and where? Why is mulching so important? What’s wrong with redwood and cedar? Mikl will discuss these questions and suggest solutions.   $15  (Photo Credit: The Rock Place)

Reserve your spot in class with a quick call to 303-939-9403. 


FALL SALE THIS WEEK:

September 3 thru 9 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees. 20% off Roses and Fruit Trees, AND 20% off soil products in big bags Compost Tea.

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

You will find Golden Columbine, Porter’s Aster, Cheddar Pink Dianthus, Greek Oregano, perennial sunflowers, many sedums, Creeping Phlox, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies  and MORE: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks.  4” perennials in flats of 12 or 15 regular $6.95, full flats ONLY $4.20 each. Mix & Match!

 


This Week: soil products in big bags are 20% off!

Soil Products: explained

  • Potting Soil: for putting in pots.
  • Compost: for amending garden soils, for carbon, fertility and biology. Use 30% compost mixed with the soil
  • Mulch: for putting on top of the ground to hold moisture and suppress weeds
  • Walden’s Outdoor Garden Mix: an enhanced compost with forest humus and biochar for amending garden soil or for mixing 50/50 with potting soil for raised beds
  • Fertilizer: for adding stronger fertility like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to soils for heavy feeders like food crops
  • Rocky Mountain Minerals (AKA “Rock Dust”): for supplying micro nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, etc.

Get your corn gluten while you can! We have a limited supply and now is THE time to apply it to your lawn.


UPCOMING CLASSES LIST

We offer empowering classes with great teachers throughout the season.  Coming soon will be more of our class offerings.  Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. It is best to pre-register for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register, and we have to cancel. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.  (This list is also available on our website.)

Sun, Sep 9 at 1 PM – HOW TO MULCH with Mikl Brawner

Weedbarrier, wood chips, straw, fine gravel, bark? Which mulches should be used and where? Why is mulching so important? What’s wrong with redwood and cedar? Mikl will discuss these questions and suggest solutions.   $15  (Photo Credit: The Rock Place)

S​at, Sep 15 at 1 PM – FORAGING ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSHROOMS: REGIONAL MUSHROOM ID with Zach Hedstrom

In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.   $15

Sun, Sep 16 at 1 PM – PRUNING FOR STRENGTH, HEALTH, AND BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning. (Repeat of Aug 5.)   $15


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

The Fall Sale Is On!

Our Fall Sale for Everyone opened on Monday, with 20% off most plants (except for vegetable starts). We also opened up our Deep Discount Area, where you can find all kinds of inexpensive treasures.

Check out the results of last Saturday’s 8th Annual Taste of Tomato below.

Sign up for the last three classes of the season! Learn How To Mulch on September 9th, learn about Foraging for Rocky Mountain Mushrooms on September 15th, and freshen up your pruning skills at Pruning For Strength, Health, And Beauty on September 16th.  Reserve your spot in class with a quick call to 303-939-9403


FALL SALE

NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Monday, August 27 thru Sept. 2:  20% off most plants except veggies and bulbs. The Deep Discount section will be opened with $1.75 perennials (were $3.95 & $4.95),$.50 Hen and Chicks

September 3 thru 9 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees.  And 20% off Roses, AND 20% off soil products in big bags and 20% off Compost Tea.

Sept. 10 thru 16 take 25% off perennials, shrubs and trees; 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees and books; and 30% off soil  products in big bags and 30% off Compost Tea.

Sept. 17 thru 23 take 30% off perennials, shrubs and trees, and 40% off soil products in big bags, 20% off Roses, Fruit Trees & Books; Compost Tea- buy one, get one FREE!

Sept. 24 thru Oct. 30: a 30% discount off Perennials, Shrubs and Trees. 20% OFF Roses, Fruit trees & Books And 50% off soil products in big bags; 50% off Compost Tea. 

DEEP DISCOUNT AREA

Opens Monday, August 27 where you will find Golden Columbine, Porter’s Aster, Cheddar Pink Dianthus, Greek Oregano, perennial sunflowers, many sedums, Creeping Phlox, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies  and MORE: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.75; Quarts reduced from $6.95 to $4. trees and shrubs specials. Hen & Chicks.  4” perennials in flats of 12 or 15 regular $6.95, full flats ONLY $4.20 each. Mix & Match!

 


2018 Taste of Tomato voting results

Last Saturday’s Taste of Tomato was a blast! We love the new location at Growing Gardens’ Barn, with its’ beautiful view of the Flatirons, easy access, and wonderful staff. The tasting featured 44 different varieties of tomatoes, with Aunt Ruby’s German Green winning the greatest number of votes. Participants brought in some wonderful new varieties this year, including Brad’s Atomic Grape, Thornburn’s Terracotta, and Indigo Cherry. Look for the most popular varieties from this year and previous years when you come to buy your organic tomato starts next spring at Harlequin’s Gardens. Every year we grow 80+ great varieties for all kinds of uses and growing conditions!
A huge thank-you to Growing Gardens for providing our new location, helping us publicize the event, and for bringing us some fabulous volunteers. Thank you also to the volunteers of Slow Food Boulder County and the CSU Extension Service. We couldn’t have done it without you!

CHERRY

BEEFSTEAK

Votes Tomato Variety Votes Tomato Variety
35 Sungold hybrid 38 Aunt Ruby’s German Green
25 Matt’s Wild Cerry 23 Berkeley Tie Dye
22 BHN 624 20 Malachite Box
20 Brad’s Atomic Grape 18 Black from Tula
14 Chocolate Cherry 18 Paul Robeson
10
Sweet 100
17 Cherokee Purple
10 Indigo Cherry 10 Black Krim
11 Yellow Pear 7 German Johnson
9 Chocolate Sprinkles 6 Super Fantastic hybrid
6 Fourth of July 5 Lucid Gem
5 Negro Azteca 3 Big Rainbow
4 Indigo Rose 3 White Beauty
3 Juliet
3
Sweet Chelsea
3 Grape
1 Early Doll
1 Principe Borghese

SALAD/SLICER

PASTE

Votes Tomato Variety Votes Tomato Variety
21 Japanese Black Trifele/Black Truffle 7 Airyleaf
14 Thornburn’s Terracotta 6 Costoluto Genovese
13 Siberian Pink Honey
11 Celebrity
9 Green Zebra
8 Glacier
5 Early Girl
5 Black Prince
4 Jaune Flamme
4 Stupice
3 Boxcar Willy
3 Lemon Yellow Plum
1 Black Icicle

Bee Barn Buzz

Bee season is beginning to wind down. Many areas are experiencing what beekeepers call dearth, which is a shortage of nectar and pollen.  Sometimes we get a fall flow and sometimes we don’t.  Bees are aware that winter is approaching and they’re getting anxious.  You may have noticed that your previously sweet, gentle ladies are now quite testy.  Watch for robbing when you work your bees and especially when pulling honey supers.  Harlequin’s has bee escapes to help clear the bees from supers without exposing honey.  We also have capping scratchers, buckets with honey gates, filters, and containers for your honey.

     As beekeepers, the most important winter prep starts in early August, not September or October.  This means varroa management.  You need to have healthy bees to take care of the bees that go into winter.  Those eggs are being laid now.   Don’t be fooled by low mite counts in early July.  This is when mite populations skyrocket and colonies start crashing.   We are well stocked with Apiguard, the safest hot weather varroa treatment, as well as oxalic acid and the new oxalic acid dribble kits, which come with eye and hand protection and a big syringe applicator.  We also have Formic Pro, which is a fast, effective treatment that doesn’t contaminate honey, but requires two cooler days to start off. Buzz on by!


UPCOMING CLASSES LIST

We offer empowering classes with great teachers throughout the season.  Coming soon will be more of our class offerings.  Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. It is best to pre-register for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register, and we have to cancel. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.  (This list is also available on our website.)

Sun, Sep 9 at 1 PM – HOW TO MULCH with Mikl Brawner

Weedbarrier, wood chips, straw, fine gravel, bark? Which mulches should be used and where? Why is mulching so important? What’s wrong with redwood and cedar? Mikl will discuss these questions and suggest solutions.   $15  (Photo Credit: The Rock Place)

S​at, Sep 15 at 1 PM – FORAGING ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSHROOMS: REGIONAL MUSHROOM ID with Zach Hedstrom

In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.   $15

Sun, Sep 16 at 1 PM – PRUNING FOR STRENGTH, HEALTH, AND BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning. (Repeat of Aug 5.)   $15


Referrals

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Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information and photos!

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!
In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens