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


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

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

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

Tasting Tomatoes and Fall Sale – What could be better?

With the cooler temps and some moisture we are welcoming Autumn with our 8th Annual Taste of Tomato and our Fall Plant Sale!  Lots of good details below.

On top of that, we have two great classes this weekend.  On Saturday at 1 PM, our friend Zach Hedstrom illustrates basic techniques on how to grow mushrooms and how to encourage beneficial fungal soil activity.  Then on Sunday at 1 PM, Mikl shares 20 years of greenhouse design and operation info – super valuable info for those thinking of building, improving, or better utilizing their greenhouse!  Reserve your spot in class with a quick call to 303-939-9403. 


8th annual Taste of Tomato
A Scrumptious, Home-Grown Community Event!

SATURDAY, August 25th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
NEW LOCATION! Growing Gardens Barn
1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder CO 80304

Are your tomatoes healthy, delicious and productive in spite of weather and pests? Bring some samples of your successes to the 8th Annual TASTE of TOMATO this Saturday! The local gardening community (and the general community, too) wants to know which varieties worked for you and wants to taste them to see if your varieties should be growing in their gardens next year! Which ones kept producing through the intense heat? Did you experiment with some new and wonderful types? If you’re among the lucky ones whose tomatoes are producing well, please bring some nice ripe ones to share (click on Entry Instructions below), and you’ll get in free!

And if you don’t have any to share, come anyway! For a nominal entry fee of $5, you’ll make lots of delicious new taste discoveries, learn how to save seeds from your best tomatoes, and have an excellent chance of winning one of the valuable door-prizes we give away every half hour!

We’ve always had between 65 and 100 different varieties to taste, including heirlooms, hybrids, cherry tomatoes, honkin’ big ‘beefsteaks’, slicers, and paste types – amazing! And they’re labeled, so you know what they are.

Note that we have a fabulous new location – the new BARN at GROWING GARDENS! This year, we are delighted that Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder County have joined us to present the Taste of Tomato!

Also, this year young gardeners from the CULTIVA program are bringing their summer bounty of beautiful, organic, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other top-quality summer vegetables for you to buy. Your purchases will support the Cultiva program.

The Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program where teens ages 12-19 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the local community while developing leadership and job skills. This hands-on farm experience teaches youth the importance of caring for the earth while learning how to grow their own food, work in a professional environment, operate a small business and create positive change for the community, the environment, and themselves.

Two demonstrations of Tomato Seed-saving procedures will take place during the tasting, at 10:30 and 12 noon.

This is always a lot of fun, and educational, too!  Master Gardeners and Harlequin’s Gardens staff will be on hand to answer your tomato questions.

Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Please do not bring dogs.

Check our website for detailed Entry Instructions
So, Y’all come! See you soon!

Presented by HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS NURSERY, GROWING GARDENS, and SLOW FOOD BOULDER.


Organic Fall Veggie Starts have arrived!

More people are catching on to planting cool-season greens in the fall. Your garden can keep producing delicious, nutritious greens through autumn and winter!  Re-purpose the spaces where your peas, spring lettuce, Asian greens, cauliflower and cabbage, cilantro and radicchio had been to grow months more low-maintenance food. Be sure to add some compost/compost tea, mycorrhizae and organic fertilizer to replenish your soil’s fertility before you plant.  These new premium plants cannot be sold at a discounted price.  (Except this week to members only!)

Here’s what we have: 

  • Bok Choy/Pak Choy Dwarf
  • ‘Ice Bred’ Arugula (especially cold tolerant)
  • Fall Broccoli Raab
  • Tatsoi
  • Kale ‘White Russian’ (especially cold-tolerant)
  • Senposai (delicious mild mustard greens)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Chard ‘Sea Foam’ (tender and delicious)

Ready next week and the following 2 weeks:

  • More Chard, Kale, Arugula and Broccoli Raab
  • Lettuces
  • Spinach

We also have a great selection of Botanical Interests Seeds for cool-season greens.


FALL SALE

THE MEMBERS SALE HAS BEGUN!

Monday, August 20 thru August 26: for your special support, you are rewarded with first pick: 20% off all plants except Fruit Trees (including veggie starts – this week only!)25% off books (think Holiday gifts!).  

What does membership mean?  All along, we have depended on recycled materials, trades, word-of-mouth promotion, generosity, kindness, passion, service and other non-corporate building blocks to create our success. This year we are going to use membership money to buy labels for our demonstration gardens. We know our labeling has been lacking. This will make our gardens more educational.  All of only $20!  (Membership valid from January 1 to December 31, 2018.)  Read more about membership benefits here.

FALL SALE begins for everybody:

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!


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.)

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – EIGHTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. See above or our website for more.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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

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

Fall Pest Management Strategies

We Have What You Need!

As fall approaches, the nights get cooler and pests like Powdery Mildew begin showing up on your favorite squash plants. Or maybe the flea beetles have made a comeback in your garden. Whatever the problem, we likely have a safe, non-toxic solution! See our pest management solutions below.

There are no classes this weekend, but come in an check out our new selection of cool-season veggie seeds from Botanical Interests. Now is the time to start planting these fall crops by seed! We still have some 2018 seeds on sale that are now 50% off! Look for the green dot on the package.

If seeds aren’t for you, our cool-season veggie starts will begin arriving in about a week. In the meantime, we still have a full nursery of beautiful perennials, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, trees, and roses.


Bee Barn Buzz: Honey and Mites

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.  Formic Pro is on the way, which is a great treatment when temperatures are a little cooler.  It should arrive Thursday.  Buzz on by!

PEST MANAGEMENT SUPPLIES

Insects

We have pest management strategies for spider mites, white flies, flea beetles, and many others!

We recently got in Semaspore Grasshopper Bait (same as Nolo Bait), which contains Nosema locustae, a naturally occurring single celled protozoan that infects all stages of developing grasshoppers, mole crickets, Mormon and black field crickets. Nosema when ingested creates a disease that is specific to these pests. It will not harm any other living species.

Many of you are in various stages of despair about the invasive Japanese Beetle. If this voracious insect is bugging your plants, you might try luring the Japanese Beetles to a different part of your yard using Safer Brand’s Japanese Beetle Bait. Slap it on the inside of a 5-gallon bucket with soapy water in the bottom, and your beetles will drown themselves.

Veggie Pharm will kill Japanese Beetles when sprayed directly onto them, but we recommend doing so in the evening to avoid leaf burn. Garlic Pharm and Rose Pharm are also excellent, OMRI certified insecticides.

Fungal Diseases

Are the leaves on your squash, zucchini, cucumber, or melon plants turning grey? Does your Monarda have white spots on its leaves? If so, you have a case of Powdery Mildew, a fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants especially at this time of year, when nights are cool. Never fear; although all of our fungicides work better when used preventively, Green Cure actually kills Powdery Mildew. Neem and Fungus Pharm are also effective against it.

Weeds

We also carry non-toxic weed-killers, such as horticultural vinegar and a citrus oil-based product called Avenger.


8th ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

A Scrumptious, Home-Grown Community Event!

Saturday August 25th, from 10 am to 1 pm
at our New Location, GROWING GARDENS BARN!

Are your tomatoes healthy and productive in spite of weather and pests? Did you grow some fabulous favorites this year? The local gardening community wants to know, and wants to taste them to see if your favorite varieties should be growing in their gardens next year!  Some of you have endured hail-storms and record heat, but for many, this has been a terrific tomato year.  If you’re among the lucky ones whose tomatoes are producing a bounty, please bring some nice ripe ones to share (see Entry Instructions below), and you’ll get in free!

And if you don’t have any to share, come anyway! For a nominal entry fee of $5, you’ll make lots of delicious new taste discoveries, learn how to save seeds from your best tomatoes, and have an excellent chance of winning one of the valuable door-prizes we give away every half hour!

We’ve always had between 65 and 100 different varieties to taste, including heirlooms, hybrids, cherry tomatoes, honkin’ big ‘beefsteaks’, slicers, and paste types – amazing! And they’re labeled, so you know what variety and type they are, where they were grown, and more.

This year, we are excited to be collaborating with Growing Gardens, and using their beautiful new ‘Barn’ for our Tomato Tasting! And there will be fresh, local summer produce for sale to support the Cultiva Youth Program.

So, Y’all come! See you soon!


TOMATO TASTING ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Saturday August 25th, from 10 am-1 pm
at the new, modern GROWING GARDENS BARN
1630 Hawthorn Avenue, Boulder 80304

(Please note the NEW location)

If you bring 3 or more medium to large tomatoes (or 10+ small or cherry tomatoes) of one named variety, with its variety name on a card, to donate to the tasting you will get in FREE. You are encouraged to share more than the minimum, and enter more than one variety!  NOTE: If the correct name for your tomatoes is unknown we cannot use them in our tasting.

If you have no tomatoes to bring, come anyway, for an entrance fee of $5.

Volunteers will be cutting tomatoes for your tasting. The samples will be grouped by type: Cherry, Beefsteak, Paste, and Slicing/Salad and will be labeled by name. In past years we’ve had from 65 to more than 100 different varieties to taste!

You will be able to vote for 6 of your favorite tomatoes. Voting results will be assembled and emailed to participants. Results will also be posted at www.HarlequinsGardens.com

Valuable DOOR PRIZES will be awarded every half hour!

Two demonstrations of Tomato Seed-saving procedures will take place during the tasting, at 10:30 and 12 noon.

This is always a lot of fun, and educational, too!  Master Gardeners and Harlequin’s Gardens staff will be on hand to answer your tomato questions.

Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Please do not bring dogs.

Presented by HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS NURSERY, GROWING GARDENS, and SLOW FOOD BOULDER.


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.)

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – EIGHTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. See above or our website for more.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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

Tomatoes are Coming!


‘TASTE of TOMATO’ –
our most DELICIOUS EVENT!

Have you participated in one of our annual tomato tasting events yet? If not, you owe it to your palate to come on down to the 8th annual Taste of Tomato, on Sat. August 25th!  We have engaged in a new collaboration with Growing Gardens, and moved the tomato tasting to their beautiful new ‘Barn’ at Hawthorn and 16th in Boulder. There’s plenty of room, rain or shine, for tomatoes, tasters, and experts to answer your gardening questions. Find out more below!

This Sunday at 1 PM Mikl will hold his ever-popular Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty class.  Here he’ll de-mystify how to approach pruning.  Note, this class is repeated on September 16 at 1 PM.  Give us a quick call at 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat for either date!


PLANTING FRUIT TREES

Despite the warm summer temps, now through the end of September is a GREAT TIME to plant fruit trees.  Planting now will give your tree the maximum time for its root system to establish before the winter sets in.  Then come spring, your tree will be ready to grow.  In addition, when you purchase your tree now, we will give you a FREE packet of mycorrhizae, which helps to boost root production up to 30%! 

We have a fabulous selection of fruit trees and shrubs right now – come in and see for yourself! The fruit varieties we offer have been carefully researched and vetted by Mikl, assuring you of winter hardiness, disease resistance, short-season ripening and, of course, SUPERIOR FLAVOR!


COOL SEASON VEGGIES

You’ve started asking us about planting cool-season veggiesand we want to let you know that we’re on it!  Our fall seed order will arrive in a couple of days, and we’re already growing our fall starts of lettuce, chard, kale, kohlrabi, and much more. They will be ready to move to your garden at the right time for each crop, so stay tuned as we will keep you posted on the arrivals of our seeds and starts!  

In the meantime, come in and take advantage of our 40% off sale on 2018 spring seed packets that’ll give you a head start next spring!


8th ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

A Scrumptious, Home-Grown Community Event!

Saturday August 25th, from 10 am to 1 pm
at our New Location, GROWING GARDENS BARN!

Are your tomatoes healthy and productive in spite of weather and pests? Did you grow some fabulous favorites this year? The local gardening community wants to know, and wants to taste them to see if your favorite varieties should be growing in their gardens next year!  Some of you have endured hail-storms and record heat, but for many, this has been a terrific tomato year.  If you’re among the lucky ones whose tomatoes are producing a bounty, please bring some nice ripe ones to share (see Entry Instructions below), and you’ll get in free!

And if you don’t have any to share, come anyway! For a nominal entry fee of $5, you’ll make lots of delicious new taste discoveries, learn how to save seeds from your best tomatoes, and have an excellent chance of winning one of the valuable door-prizes we give away every half hour!

We’ve always had between 65 and 100 different varieties to taste, including heirlooms, hybrids, cherry tomatoes, honkin’ big ‘beefsteaks’, slicers, and paste types – amazing! And they’re labeled, so you know what variety and type they are, where they were grown, and more.

This year, we are excited to be collaborating with Growing Gardens, and using their beautiful new ‘Barn’ for our Tomato Tasting! And there will be fresh, local summer produce for sale to support the Cultiva Youth Program.

So, Y’all come! See you soon!


TOMATO TASTING ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Saturday August 25th, from 10 am-1 pm
at the new, modern GROWING GARDENS BARN
1630 Hawthorn Avenue, Boulder 80304

(Please note the NEW location)

If you bring 3 or more medium to large tomatoes (or 10+ small or cherry tomatoes) of one named variety, with its variety name on a card, to donate to the tasting you will get in FREE. You are encouraged to share more than the minimum, and enter more than one variety!  NOTE: If the correct name for your tomatoes is unknown we cannot use them in our tasting.

If you have no tomatoes to bring, come anyway, for an entrance fee of $5.

Volunteers will be cutting tomatoes for your tasting. The samples will be grouped by type: Cherry, Beefsteak, Paste, and Slicing/Salad and will be labeled by name. In past years we’ve had from 65 to more than 100 different varieties to taste!

You will be able to vote for 6 of your favorite tomatoes. Voting results will be assembled and emailed to participants. Results will also be posted at www.HarlequinsGardens.com

Valuable DOOR PRIZES will be awarded every half hour!

Two demonstrations of Tomato Seed-saving procedures will take place during the tasting, at 10:30 and 12 noon.

This is always a lot of fun, and educational, too! Harlequin’s Gardens staff will be on hand to answer your tomato questions.

Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Please do not bring dogs.

Presented by HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS NURSERY, GROWING GARDENS, and SLOW FOOD BOULDER.


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, Aug 5 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. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – EIGHTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. See above or our website for more.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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!

Accent your perennial garden with ornamental grasses!

Ornamental Grasses are great companion plants in any garden, including alongside Hibiscus m. ‘Pink Clouds’ (pictured above with lovely Rebecca). Eve has explained, below, the distinguishing features of Cool Season, Warm Season, and Evergreen grasses, and given great descriptions of the most well-known of these grasses.  Come on by to take a look at our selection of ornamental grasses and those established in our display gardens!

If you’ve never tried currants or gooseberries, come sample from our shrubs!  We have a wide array of varieties and this is a great time to decide which flavor is best for your palette.

We are continuing to give away FREE VEGGIE STARTS and ANNUALS!  What?!!  Find out more, below.  (Left: Zeppelin Delicata Squash)

Looking ahead at our classes, Mikl will conduct his ever-popular Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty class on Sunday, August 5 at 1 PM (and repeated on September 16 at 1 PM).  Give us a quick call at 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!


SUMMER SALES ABOUND!

40% off 2018 seeds!

Free Veggie and Annual Starts with Purchase!

(Limit of 5 per person.)  Our offerings include:
Veggies
Tomatoes
Peppers
Winter Squash
Melons
Basil
Celeriac

Annuals

Nicotiana sylvestris
Petunia exserta
Craspedia
Brachyycome
Datura
Snapdragon Black Prince
Coleus
Lantana
Dreadlocks
Cant Bell
California Poppy
Salvia Fairy Queen
Salvia Blue Bedder
Salvia Blue
Cleome

Get 1 gallon of compost tea for free when you spend over $25!

(Offer good through the end of July.)

TYPES OF ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

There are lots of great reasons to use grasses in your garden or landscape: They are dynamic, moving in the wind and playing with light; they can take the place of a shrub, especially in a narrow planting bed and along pathways. Taller grasses are good for screening in narrow spaces. Grasses enhance any wildlife-oriented, native or naturalistic landscape. Some are suitable in more formal plantings as well. Grasses are great for disguising utility boxes. Deer generally don’t eat them.

Harlequin’s Gardens sells “CLUMP GRASSES” (not spreading or sod-forming) in three categories:

COOL SEASON

Already up and green by March and make active growth in cool weather until it gets hot. They can be kept green through summer by watering, but otherwise they go dormant until the fall, when some of them may begin growing again. Most bloom in June, but a few wait until late summer. Because they begin growing so early in the year, they are subject to being demolished by rabbits. People with resident rabbit populations should choose Warm Season grasses instead. Cut grasses back to 2-3” inches tall before they start their active growth, so light can penetrate the entire clump. Eve does this in February.

WARM SEASON

Most people grow warm season grasses in this area. Many of our native grasses, and many of the most popular grasses for our area are Warm Season grasses. Wait until early April to cut back warm season grasses. Cut as low as you can, ideally 2-3”, so light can penetrate into the entire clump.

EVERGREEN

Remain mostly green through the year. Do not cut back. To clean them up in spring, gently ‘comb’ out old dry blades with a hand rake.


COOL SEASON GRASSES

Karl Foerster’s Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)

The most popular and over-used ornamental grass, for good reason. Medium sized (to 4’ tall), very erect form, easy to grow and highly adaptable to everything but shade, very durable flower/seed heads remain attractive all summer, fall and winter. No fall foliage color. Cut down in early February. Try to avoid plantings that look like rows of soldiers standing at attention! Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock now! 

Korean Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha)

To 3’ or 4’ tall, with a graceful fountain-like or mounded shape, and waits until the end of the summer to flower. Can take some shade. Very pretty, with pinkish plumes that dry tan. No fall color. Plant Select. Should be used more. Hardy to Zone 4. (Photo credit: Plant Select.)  In stock soon! 

Indian Rice Grass

Up to 2’ tall. Native to Boulder County and much of the interior West. Grows in very dry areas, in full sun. Graceful, open clumps of very narrow blades, and delicately branched flowering stalks in June. Small pearl-like white seeds are held individually on the much-branched stalks and were collected by Native Americans for use as a grain. Also an important food source for wildlife. Old seed germinates better than new seed. Needs supplemental summer watering to keep from going dormant. Excellent meadow grass, perfect in native xeriscapes. Hardy to Zone 3.  In stock now! 

Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca, F. ovina, F. idahoensis)

Evergreen. This year we carry F. glauca ‘Boulder Blue’, a 10”-tall selection with very blue foliage, good form, hardiness, longevity and drought-tolerance. We also have F. glauca “Sea Urchin”, smaller, finer texture, good for rock gardens or Asian-style gardens, and F. glauca. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock soon! 

Blue Oat (Avena) Grass

Helictotrichon sempervirens. Has some shade tolerance. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock soon! 

Koeleria macrantha (June Grass)

Has compact seed heads. As its name suggests, June is when it is most beautiful. Good for prairie gardens. Hardy to Zone 3 to 4.  In stock now!

Nasella (Stipa) tenuissima

Mexican Feather Grass. Has very fine-textured blades. Can sometimes be evergreen. This grass is not very long-lived. Most cool season grasses don’t self-sow much, but Nasella does, a lot. Hardy to Zone 5.  In stock now!

We also carry two types of grass-like sedge that are also cool-season:

Carex caryophllea ‘Beatlemania’ (‘Beatlemania’ Variegated Vernal Sedge)

This petite sedge is rhizomatous and spreads. Its long glossy blades are slightly variegated yellow and green, and curve to the ground, giving it a mop-headed look. Makes an excellent groundcover or small ‘lawn’ (just to look at, not to step on) in shady gardens, especially Asian-styled gardens. Almost evergreen. Hardy to Zone 5.   In stock now!

Carex appalachica (Appalachian Sedge)

A small fountain-like clumping sedge, 10”- 2’ tall, very fine-textured, bright light green and very attractive. Native to woods in Eastern N. America, it grows well in dry shade or part shade. It mixes well with perennials and serves as a neat groundcover or edger. Its tenacious roots will prevent erosion on shady slopes, and it can grow amongst tree roots. Blooms in spring, supporting beneficial insects. Hardy to Zone 4.


WARM SEASON GRASSES

Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) and Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-Oats Grama)

are both native and very drought tolerant. There’s a selection of Blue Grama called ‘Blonde Ambition’ (Pictured left. Photo credit: Plant Select) that is taller and has pale tan ‘eyelashes’ rather than the common gray-brown. One can make a drought-tolerant lawn of Blue Grama with some effort (weeding for the first several years) which will be green in summer, brown in winter. Hardy to Zone 3. Blue Grama is our State grass! Side-Oats Grama is a smaller meadow grass. Seed heads and foliage turn a beautiful dark purple-red in fall. Hardy to Zone 3.  In stock now!

Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats, River Oats)

A US native, though not native here, this grass grows well in part shade. the wide, bright green blades emerge from the stems at many heights, giving it a slightly bamboo-like look. The pendulous seed clusters in late summer are composed of very attractive flat, plaited spikelets, starting out pale green, later turning tan. Foliage stays green until fall, when it turns yellow. It will self-sow but is not difficult to control. Hardy to Zone 3.

Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Undaunted’ (‘Undaunted’ Ruby Muhly Grass)

A Plant Select winner that is hardy here, but not at higher elevations. It is native to Oklahoma and Texas and is said to grow where there’s water (one common name is ‘Seep Muhly’), yet some horticulturists here recommend growing it pretty dry. When well-grown, it makes a beautiful and graceful 2’ x 3’ mound of fine mid-green blades covered in late summer by a shimmering haze of tiny pink/red flowers, then reddish seeds. Hardy to Zone 5. (Photo credit: Plant Select.)  In stock soon!

Eragrostis trichodes (Sand Love Grass)

This medium-sized grass, to 2-3’ x 2-3’, loves to grow in sandy soil as its name suggests, but adapts to many soils with low to moderate moisture. It self-sows, and is effective in masses. Reddish tones begin to show in late summer, and the haze of tiny purple-pink seeds in July/August are beautiful. Sand Love Grass tends to rot in the center as it gets older, and self-sows readily. Plant in full sun. Hardy to Zone 5.  In stock now!

Andropogon (Schizachyrium) scoparium (Little Bluestem)

Native! Little Bluestem is very erect to 24”-30” with fine foliage and blooms in late summer-early fall. Blooms turn white and catch the late afternoon sun beautifully when back-lit. The foliage turns copper and looks good for a long time. Very drought-tolerant. The Plant Select version is called “Standing Ovation” and has deep red and purple fall color. Selections ‘The Blues’ and ‘Prairie Blues’ have very blue foliage during the growing season. ‘Blaze’ is a colorful selection of the common native in this region. Hardy to Zone 3. (Photo credit: Plant Select.)  In stock now!

Sporobolis airoides (Alkali Sacaton)

is the ‘little brother’ of Giant Sacaton. The foliage mass is about 2’x2’, with the large, pinkish airy bloom/seed plumes rising to 40-48″ tall. For a ‘warm-season’ grass, Alkali Sacaton gets growing quite early in spring, so prune it back in February.  A robust native, Alkali Sacaton flowers for many months, beginning in June. Deep rooted, this grass grows well in all soil types including sand, loam and clay as well as alkaline and salty soils, and prefers moderate to low moisture.  On the prairie Sporobolus is used by animals for forage, cover and nesting. Its seeds are relished by birds. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock now!

Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)

Native!  Big Bluestem has a wider blade and is somewhat upright but also arching. It also has attractive reddish and purple fall colors. Big Bluestem is one of the dominant components of the Tallgrass Prairies across the Great Plains, where it can reach 8’ in height. Here it can range from 2 to 5’ tall, depending on water and nutrients available. We carry the wild species, and the selection called ‘Pawnee’, which has an upright habit and warm fall colors that persist into winter. This refined big bluestem has the bluish purple stems typical of the genus. In late summer, purplish red flowers appear in groups of three or six, which look like a turkey foot – hence the nickname: “Turkey Foot Grass”. The root system that can extend down more than 10 feet. Each year, a third of these roots die, opening up channels for water. This plant is drought tolerant once it’s established. Attracts birds and butterfly larvae. We also carry the Plant Select ‘Windwalker’ Big Bluestem (Pictured left. Photo credit: Plant Select), which has exceptionally blue foliage color, and is large and upright, with deep red and purple fall color. Plant in Full Sun. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock now!

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)

Native!  Switchgrass was an important component of the Tallgrass Prairie. It tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist soils that are not too rich in nitrogen, and grows best in full sun. Here it grows to about 3’ tall and wide, topped in midsummer by a finely-textured pinkish flower panicles that hover over the foliage like an airy cloud. Seed plumes turn beige and persist well into winter, providing an excellent seed source for birds. Fall foliage color is yellow. Salt-tolerant. “Heavy Metal” variety is more upright and has steely blue foliage. ‘Shenandoah’ is the most popular variety for red foliage accents, with red coloration appearing in summer and increasing in fall. Hardy to Zone 2.  In stock now!

Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass)

Native! A tall & narrow grass that is an important part of the tall grass prairie. Here it grows in an upright clump to 6’tall x 3’wide. Indian Grass. Flowering stalks are topped by dense golden flame-shaped inflorescences which mature to brown, bearing numerous nutritious seeds that were used by Native Americans to produce flour. It can grow in a wide range of soils and tolerates drought, cold, salinity and heavy clay, but prefers rich, silty-loams in full sun. Indian grass attracts wildlife; bees come to the blossoms, songbirds eat the seeds, and it provides excellent cover for pheasants, quail, mourning doves and prairie chickens. We sell “Indian Steel” or “Sioux Blue”, both with bluish foliage, and Plant Select’s “Thin Man” (Pictured right. Photo credit: Plant Select), which has distinctly blue foliage and especially narrow habit. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock now!

Sporobolis heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)

Native! A lovely small grass found here in the foothills and eastward across the Western prairies. Growing to 1-2’ tall and wide, it makes an elegant, fine-textured, emerald green fountain, suitable in many garden styles. The fine-textured plumes that rise above the foliage clump are attractive in bloom and in seed, and are favored by songbirds. The inflorescences are pleasantly fragrant – some say they smell like burnt buttered popcorn. Plains Indian tribes ground the seeds to make a tasty flour. Prairie Dropseed is also drought tolerant and turns a nice russet brown in fall. Hardy to Zone 4.  In stock soon!

Sporobolis wrightii (Giant Sacaton, Wright’s Sacaton)

Comes up earlier in spring than most other warm season grasses. It also flowers earlier than most other warm-season grasses. This huge S.W. native grass grows to 6-10’ tall and 4-6’ wide, tolerates most soils and is very drought-tolerant. Huge airy flower/seed panicles are ornamental well into winter. Hardy to Zone 5. Cut back to 2-3” in late winter.  (Photo credit: Plant Select.)  In stock now!


FULL LIST OF ORNAMENTAL GRASSES IN STOCK:

Bothriochloa scoparium (Silver Beard Grass)
Achnatherum calamagrostis (Silver Spike Grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
Eragrostis trichodes (Sand Love Grass)
Nassella tenuissima (Ponytail/Mexican Feather Grass)
Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ (Blonde Ambition Grass)
Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats Grama Grass)
Sporobolus airoides (Alkali Sacaton)
Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass)
Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
Erianthus ravennae (Plume Grass)
Sorghastrum nutans ‘Thin Man’ (Thin Man Indian Grass)
Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ (Dwarf Fountain Grass)
Sporobolus wrighti (Giant Sacaton)
Andropogon gerardi (Big Bluestem Grass)
Achnatherum robustum (Robust Needlegrass)
Koeleria macrantha (Prairie Junegrass)

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES ARRIVING SOON

Calamagrostis brachytrica (Korean Feather Reed Grass)
Festuca glauca ‘Boulder Blue’ (Boulder Blue Fescue)
Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Avina or Blue Oat Grass)
Miscanthus sin. ‘Gracillimus’ (Maiden Grass)
Muhlenbergia rev. (‘Undaunted’ Ruby Muhly)
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Shenandoah Red Switchgrass)
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’ (Blaze Little Bluestem)
Schizachyrium scop.’Prairie Blues’ (Prairie Blues Little Bluestem)
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)


PLANTING AND CARE FOR YOUR ORNAMENTAL GRASS

  • Easy to grow, beautiful, versatile, and durable.
  • Use for accents, massing, meadow, groundcover, to provide motion, grace, and great fall and winter interest.
  • Many thrive on little water, many are natives.
  • All are clump-forming, without invasive spreading roots.
  • Plant throughout growing season with adequate water. 
  • Most grasses live longer & sturdier if grown in leaner conditions.
  • Use light applications of organic fertilizer and/or compost or aged manure.
  • We recommend: Richlawn Organic, Yum Yum or Alpha-One fertilizer, Compost, and Dairy Cow Manure.

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, Aug 5 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. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. Check our website for details and entry information.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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

NATURE’S HUMMINGBIRD FOOD!

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Hummingbirds are abound everywhere!  They are such a delight to have in our gardens, and play an important part in pollinating out plants.  Harlequin’s Gardens carries many hummingbird-friendly plants that are ready to be planted in your garden.  With these plants you won’t need to replenish your hummingbird feeder again!  Read more, below, about specific plants.  (Above: Scrophularia macrantha.  Photo credit: Plant Select.)

If you’ve never tried currants or gooseberries, come sample from our shrubs!  We have a wide array of varieties and this is a great time to decide which flavor is best for your palette.

This week we are giving away FREE VEGGIE STARTS and ANNUALS!  What?!!  Find out more, below.  (Left: Zeppelin Delicata Squash)

Join Mikl on Sunday at 1 PM for his popular “Tips & Tricks of Xericape” class.  He’ll share the secrets that he has gained over the past 30 years on how to garden with less water.  You’ll learn so much!   Give us a quick call at 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat.


SUMMER SALES ABOUND!

40% off 2018 seeds!

Free Veggie and Annual Starts with Purchase!

(Limit of 5 per person.)  Our offerings include:

Veggies

Tomatoes
Peppers
Winter Squash
Melons
Basil
Celeriac

Annuals

Nicotiana sylvestris
Petunia exserta
Craspedia
Brachyycome
Datura
Snapdragon Black Prince
Coleus
Lantana
Dreadlocks
Cant Bell
California Poppy
Salvia Fairy Queen
Salvia Blue Bedder
Salvia Blue
Cleome

Get 1 gallon of compost tea for free when you spend over $25!


GREAT HUMMINGBIRD PLANTS for your garden

Hummingbirds are zipping and humming and sipping around our gardens, partaking of the summer’s bounty of nectar-rich flowers, many of which are ‘color-coded ’specifically to attract them. And you’ll want hummers in your garden, not only because they’re beautiful, not only because some plants depend on them for pollination, not only because migratory birds are imperiled, but also because they eat prodigious numbers of small flying insects like mosquitoes!  And did you know, some hummingbird have been known to live up to 25 years!

Here are some of the plants we sell that attract and support these flying jewels:

Agastache (Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop):
aurantiaca ‘Coronado’, aur. ‘Coronado Red, barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’, cana, cana ‘Sonoran Sunset’, foeniculum, foen. ‘Blue Fortune’, ‘Black Adder’, ‘Blue Boa’, ‘Blue Blazes’, rupestris, rup. ‘Joyful’
Buddleia davidii selections – Butterfly Bush
Campsis radicans – Trumpet Vine
Chilopsis linearis – Desert Willow
Cleome serrulata – Rocky Mt. Bee Plant
Fuchsia
Ipomopsis/Gilia rubra) – Scarlet Gilia
Ipomopsis aggregata – Standing Cypress
Maurandia/Asarina – Climbing Snapdragon
Mina lobata – Spanish Flag Vine
Monarda: many species and cultivars
Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’
Nepeta sibirica ‘Blue Beauty’ – Siberian Catmint
Penstemon barbatus coccineus – Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon rostriflorus – Bridge’s Beardtongue
Penstemon cardinalis – Cardinal Beardtongue
Penstemon superbus  – Superb Penstemon –
Penstemon pinifolius – Pineleaf Penstemon
Penstemon strictus – Rocky Mt. Penstemon
Penstemon pseudospectabilis – Desert Penstemon
Penstemon virgatus – Wand-bloom Penstemon
Petunia exserta – Brazilian Red Petunia
Salvia x microphylla ‘Windwalker’
Salvia coccinea – Annual Mexican Red Sage
Salvia darcyi – Mexican Red Salvia
Salvia greggii ‘Wild Thing’
Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’
Salvia pachyphylla – Mojave Sage
Scarlet Runner Bean (seeds)
Scutellaria suffrutescens – Cherry Skullcap
Scrophularia macrantha – Red Birds in a Tree
Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ – Orange Hummingbird Trumpets
Zauschneria arizonica – Arizona Hummingbird Trumpet
Zauschneria latifolia ‘Etteri’  – Etter’s California Fuchsia

We may not have every one of these plants in stock right now, but we have plenty of them! And there’s still time to plant them!


SUMMER BLOOMING SHRUBS & PERENNIALS

We have wonderful summer-blooming shrubs and perennials now ready for planting, like

Allium ‘Millenium’

Perennial plant of the year at Plant Select. Now in bloom!
This butterfly magnet will grace your garden in late summer with masses of rose purple blooms atop neat, shiny, green foliage that remains attractive all season long. The blooms will last up to four weeks on this drought tolerant perennial. Reseeding seems to be much less a problem with ‘Millenium’ than other alliums. Rabbit and deer-resistant. Attracts pollinators. 10-15″ tall. Plant in full sun with low water. Hardy to zone 4.  Available sizes: 2.5″ pots at $4.95, and Quarts at $6.95.

Hibiscus (Rose of Sharron) ‘Hollandia’ and ‘Lucy’

A beautiful, large, upright flowering shrub with dark green leaves and late-blooming flowers in multitude of colors ranging from white to pink to red to lavender. The two varieties we carry both have pink blossoms, and ‘Lucy”s flowers are double. Blooms are two to four inches across followed by a brown capsule fruit 3/4″ long that persists through winter. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Full sun to part shade. Grows 6-10′ tall by 4-8’ wide. Hardy to zone 5.  Available sizes: 5 Gallon at $57.

Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush) ‘Nanho Purple’, ‘Petite Purple’, and ‘Black Knight’

These butterfly bushes feature stunning spikes of various shades of purple fragrant flowers from mid to late summer. Willow-like, leaves on arching stems create an irregular, rounded shrub.  Full sun to filtered shade. Moderate water. Zone 5. Rabbit and deer-resistant.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16, and 2 Gallon at $26.

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (Blue Mist Spiraea)

Similar to Blue Mist Spiraea, but with darker gray-green foliage and darker blue flowers. Tidy, upright growth habit with soft, fragrant silvery-green foliage and a profusion of deep blue-violet flowers in mid to late summer. A favorite of both butterflies & bees! Superb bee plant that blooms when other plants have finished. Tough, reliable plant. Full sun, very drought tolerant, rabbit and deer-resistant. Zone 4.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16.

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

A small tree/large shrub native to the southwestern US with willowy foliage joined by large pink/lavender flowers from early summer to first frost which attract hummingbirds. This tough plant performs well in xeriscapes and other dry, unforgiving locations. Tolerates alkaline soils. Deer-resistant. 10-12′ tall by 8-10′ wide. Zone 5.  Available sizes: 2 Gallon at $35.

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Vigorous, tall and super drought-tolerant, Russian Sage is upright and shrubby and thrives in lean, dry soil, full sun, and heat. It should be cut back to about 6″ in spring when new growth begins to appear at the base of the plant.  Tolerant of alkaline soils. The smoky violet-blue flowers are a favorite of bees. Deer and rabbit-resistant. Zone 5.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16.

Seseli gummifera (Moon Carrot)

A spectacular water-wise plant that attracts huge numbers of beneficial insects! The mound of blue-gray, lacy foliage erupts into branched flower stems with a long succession of dense, flat clusters of tiny white flowers emerging from pink buds, mid summer to fall. Usually blooms in its 2nd or 3rd year. Foliage turns pink/purple in fall + winter.  10-15″ tall x 24-36″ wide.  Available sizes: Quarts at $6.95.


WE HAVE RE-STOCKED ON FLAGS AND BBB SEEDS!

Our BBB Seeds rack is full of all your favorite wildflower mixes. Arubymoon’s prayer flags just arrived.

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, Jul 15 at 1 PM – TIPS & TRICKS OF XERISCAPE with Mikl Brawner

Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15

Sun, Aug 5 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. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. Check our website for details and entry information.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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

Celebrate Your Independence with Beautiful Color!

CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE  
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WITH BEAUTIFUL COLOR!


We are CLOSED TOMORROW, on Independence Day!

In a long standing tradition, Harlequin’s Gardens celebrates Independence Day by taking the day off and being

closed on Wednesday, July 4.

We look forward to seeing you today, 9-5, and beginning again on Thursday when we’re open 9-6.


SOME CURRENT FLOWERING BEAUTIES

PICTURED BLOOMING PLANTS:
Top Row: Clematis ‘Ville de Lyon’
Second Row: Delphinium elatum ‘Magic Fountains’, Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’, Digitalis grandiflora, Yellow Foxglove
Third Row: Campanula poscharskyana, Siberian Bellflower

OUR GLOVE RACK IS OVERFLOWING!

We’ve completely restocked our glove rack in all styles, colors, and sizes (especially small sizes) Come in and see which ones are a match for you!


PLANT ANCHORS

If you’re struggling to find a way to create a support for your vine, your outdoor mist system, or holiday lights, check-out our Plant Anchor System.  It works on masonry, wood, stucco, glass, plastic, steel and concrete – without nails, or screws!  It’s pretty amazing!

ANNUALS ON SALE!

We have some great annuals in stock, many of which are on sale at $1.50 each – wow!

Come in and see our selection!


WHAT’S BLOOMING IN JULY?

Many gardeners think of Spring as the height of the ornamental gardening season. Sure, so many of our best-known flowering plants – Tulip, Crocus, Daffodil, Primrose, Peony, Lilac, Forsythia, Oriental Poppy, Basket of Gold, Bearded Iris, are at their showiest in spring. But as we pass to the other side of the Summer Solstice, a whole new palette of blooms arises, including many Natives, lots of Prairie-dwellers and Steppe plants, and hardy plants from South of the Border, bringing bold color and attracting more and different beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden.
Here is the beginning of our list of July beautiesFor the full list of those July flowers to inspire you, Click here, or visit the nursery for the list! 

  • Acanthus balcanicus (Bear’s Breech)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Agastache aurantiaca ‘Coronado’
  • Agastache aurantiaca ‘Coronado Red’
  • Agastache ‘Blue Boa’
  • Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)
  • Alcea (Hollyhock)
  • Allium caeruleum/azureum
  • Allium flavum
  • Allium senescens  (Pictured right)

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, Jul 15 at 1 PM – TIPS & TRICKS OF XERISCAPE with Mikl Brawner

Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15

Sat, Jul 21 at 1 PM – BASIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN with Elaine Walker

Elaine is a landscape architect who will show you the elements of designing areas of your property. Learn how to observe your site, identify goals, take a site analysis, create a comprehensive design, and how to approach installation in manageable pieces.   $15

Sun, Aug 5 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. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. Check our website for details and entry information.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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

Pest control, flowering beauties

PEST CONTROL, 
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SALES, and JULY BLOOMS!!

PEST CONTROL

This is the season for pest problems (diseases, insects, fungus) and here at Harlequin’s Gardens we have products that have been proven successful for combating them in effective and environmentally safe ways!  Below are some of our favorite pest control products; come on in to see our full range of products, some of which are on sale at 50% off through Sunday, July 1! 

While you’re here, please utilize our reference library and knowledgeable staff to help with your plant and pest identification needs.    
  • When bringing a plant identification sample, please bring a sizable sample including numerous leaves, flowers, buds, etc.
  • When bringing a pest sample, again bring in a sizable plant sample and several bugs, eggs, etc.
  • We request that you bring all samples in clear plastic bags to avoid contamination of our plant stock.  Thank you!

NEEM OIL from INDIA

Pure, cold press with active ingredient Azadirachtin, which is approved by the EPA.  Neem controls, stops feeding of and/or repels Aphids, Leafhoppers, Scale, Leafminers, Beetles, Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, Thrips, Caterpillars, Weevils, Whitefly, Grasshoppers and fungal disease like Powdery Mildew.  It is not harmful to humans, animals, beneficial insects or the environment (not good over water with fish). 

Neem must be sprayed directly on pests to be effective for killing; it prevents molting and stops feeding, and works as a repellent. Spray in the early morning or evening.  Neem oil solidifies at 50˚, so thaw it in a warm water bath before mixing.  Then, mix it with one quart of warm water and ¼ teaspoon of mild dish soap, and shake occasionally to emulsify.  For very tough pests try 2 teaspoons per quart with ½ teaspoon soap (test on small area first).  Neem requires some care to use but is safe and very useful.

GREEN CURE

Organic protection & correction of fungus diseases. It has been tested commercially for over 9 years. This alternative to toxic fungicides has proved effective against powdery mildew, blackspot, rust & others. This product is perfectly safe for use on vegetables.  Local rosarians swear by it!  

VEGGIE PHARM

Amazingly effective not only for aphids and mites, but even for blister beetles and potato beetles, that devour clematis, mirabilis, and anemome!  Veggie Pharm also acts as a repellent for insects and small animals.

JAPANESE BEETLE BAIT

Sadly Japanese Beetles have become an annual problem in Boulder and neighboring counties. We are now carrying Safer® Brand Replacement Bait to help you with the Japanese Beetle Battle.  This product uses a food and sex attractant to lure insects into the trap and disrupt the mating cycle of destructive Japanese Beetles. There are no sprays and has no mess, and under ordinary weather conditions, this bait should last about 12 weeks.

Trap Placement, Application Rate and Use:

  • Place traps as beetles emerge (late June in Colorado)
  • Place traps on the generally upwind side of vegetable gardens, flower gardens, ornamental shrub planting and other outside landscape planting attached by the beetles. Apply traps at the rate of one trap per 50 linear feet along two sides of plant perimeters. For example, if the site is 1-50 linear feet, place only one trap on each of the two sides. If the site is 51-100 linear feet, place two traps on each of the two sides, etc. Do not enclose the treated site with traps.
  • Place traps in sunny areas 3 to 5 feet above the ground.
  • Place traps at least 10 feet away from the planting as they may attract beetles to foliage if placed closer
  • Replace traps when full. If trap catches decline and beetles are still present, replace bait pack. Remove traps from site when beetles are no longer present.

FIREBLIGHT

Mikl recently wrote an excellent article detailing fireblight causes and the best ways to treat your affected plants.  Click here to read more!


SPECIAL PLANTS ON SALE through SUNDAY, JULY 1!

These beautiful, useful and successful plants, including 2-gallon roses and shrubs are on sale through the weekend!!  And find Surprise sale items while you’re here.

SHRUBS & TREES

Acer tataricum (Tatarian Maple), 2-gallon at $30 (regularly at $36)

Has those pretty red winged seed pods, like ‘Hot Wings’. 15′ tall, alkaline and drought-tolerant.  (Pictured left.)

Cercocarpus ledifolius, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly $26)

Large broadleafed evergreen shrub/small tree (12-20’ x 9-12’) native to the Southwest and Western foothills. Upright growth habit and small lance-shaped, dark green, leathery leaves with edges that curl under. White, fuzzy, curled “seed tails” in fall are both attractive and unusual. Grows well in full sun in low fertility, well-drained soil. Zone 4. Low water. Deer resistant.

Cercocarpus montanus, 2-gallon at $16 (regularly $26)

Native shrub (6-9’ x 3-6’) with dark gray-green, deeply veined leaves. Inconspicuous flowers produce fuzzy, twisted “seed tails” in fall, providing interest through the winter. This xeric plant grows here in our foothills, and thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Zone 2.

Cotoneaster multiflora, 2-gallon at $16 (regularly $26)

Little known and underused cotoneaster (pronounced: co-tow-nee-aster),  with small white flowers in spring that mature to bright red fruit in fall. A large shrub (8-10’ x 10-12’) with graceful arching branches. Native to China. Zone 4. Plant in full sun with low-moderate water.

Golden Rain Tree, 2-gallon at $30 (regularly $35)

Drought-tolerant, 35′ tall, ornamental tree with clusters of yellow flowers in the summer followed by Chinese lantern-like pods.

Ligustrum vulgare ​Cheyenne Privet, 2-gallon at $16 (regularly $26), #5 at $29 (regularly $39)

An upright, rapid grower with dark green foliage and fragrant clusters of small white flowers in early summer. Takes shearing well which makes this an excellent, reliable shrub for screens and hedges. Grows to 9-12’ x 3-6’ Plant in full sun to part shade with low-moderate water. Zone 3.  (Pictured right.)

Lodense Privet, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly $26)

Very compact, dense, upright slow-growing shrub with glossy green foliage that holds on late into the season. Loose clusters of white flowers in early summer produce shiny black (possibly poisonous) fruit. Excellent as a low hedge. No significant fall color (yellow). Some potential for stem dieback during severe winters. Full sun to part shade. Zone 4.

Goldflame Spirea, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly $26)

The spring foliage of this 2-3′ x 2-3′ shrub is bright gold with red tips, turning gold-green in summer. Coppery-orange fall color. Dark pink flower clusters in summer. Terrific accent or border plant with many accenting color changes throughout the season. Zone 4.

Purple Lilac, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly $26)

Stout branches form an upright, vase-shaped shrub (10-12′ x 10-12′) producing fragrant purple flowers in large, pyramidal clusters in mid-spring. Leaves are thick and heart-shaped, with a lustrous blue-green color. Tolerant of alkaline soil and drought conditions. Zone 2.  (Pictured left.)

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Nana’ (Dwarf Ninebark), 2-gallon at $20 (regularly $26)

Attractive plant with small green leaves on a dense, (4-6′ x 4-6′) bushy form. White flowers in May to June are followed by reddish seed heads. Useful as a hedge plant. Zone 2.

Siberian Pea Shrub, 2-gallon at $22 (regularly at $27)

An adaptable, tough, super-hardy shrub that resists deer, withstands heat and cold, sun or part shade, moderate or low water. Makes an excellent screen or hedge. The stems are an attractive bright green and have some spines, and foliage is finely textured. Pea-like yellow flowers in spring are followed by red-brown pods that make nutritious food for chickens. 10-15′ tall, zone 2.

Euonymus fortunei Minima, 1-gallon at $5 (regularly at $17)

Evergreen vine to 10′. Small leaves, drought-tolerant, and tough.

Crataegus ambigua (Russian Hawthorn), 3-gallon at $40 (regularly at $48)

A small, attractive, broad-headed tree with medium green, deeply lobed foliage. Masses of white flowers appear in late May, becoming abundant 1/2″ brilliant red fruits in mid- to late summer. Can be single or multi-trunked. Full sun. Drought-resistant. 15′ x 15′, zone 3.  (Pictured right.)

Hardy Boxwoods ‘Julia Jane’ and ‘Saskatoon’, 1-gallon at $15 (regularly at $20)

3’x3′ compact evergreen shrubs for shade. Low-water, deer-resistant.

ROSES

2-gallon Roses in the Sale area are $20 (regularly $26) unless otherwise marked.

Darlow’s Enigma Shrub rose, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly at $26)

This 8-10′ x 6′ rose produces large quantities of small, white, very fragrant single blooms. Good repeat. (Pictured left.)

Baltimore Belle Climbing Rose, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly at $26)

10′ climber with double, light-pink to white, sweetly fragrant flowers in the spring. Vigorous and tough.

Martin’s Pink Climbing Rose, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly at $26)

The beautiful, soft pink, double flowers are fragrant. A vigorous, 10′ rambler. Spring-blooming.

The Gift Shrub rose, 2-gallon at $20 (regularly at $26)

3′ x 4′, clouds of small white flowers. Profuse-blooming. Tough as nails!

FREE package of mycorrhizae with every purchase over $50!


We are Closed on Independence Day!

In a long standing tradition, Harlequin’s Gardens celebrates Independence Day by taking the day off and being

closed on Wednesday, July 4.



OUR GLOVE RACK IS FULL!

We’ve completely restocked our glove rack in all styles, colors, and sizes (especially small sizes) Come in and see which ones are a match for you!


PLANT ANCHORS

If you’re struggling to find a way to create a support for your vine, your outdoor mist system, or holiday lights, check-out our Plant Anchor System.  It works on masonry, wood, stucco, glass, plastic, steel and concrete – without nails, or screws!  It’s pretty amazing!

ANNUALS ON SALE!

We have some great annuals in stock, many of which are on sale at $1.50 each – wow!

Come in and see our selection!


WHAT’S BLOOMING IN JULY?

Many gardeners think of Spring as the height of the ornamental gardening season. Sure, so many of our best-known flowering plants – Tulip, Crocus, Daffodil, Primrose, Peony, Lilac, Forsythia, Oriental Poppy, Basket of Gold, Bearded Iris, are at their showiest in spring. But as we pass to the other side of the Summer Solstice, a whole new palette of blooms arises, including many Natives, lots of Prairie-dwellers and Steppe plants, and hardy plants from South of the Border, bringing bold color and attracting more and different beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden.
Here is the beginning of our list of July beautiesFor the full list of those July flowers to inspire you, Click here, or visit the nursery for the list! 
  • Acanthus balcanicus (Bear’s Breech)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Agastache aurantiaca ‘Coronado’
  • Agastache aurantiaca ‘Coronado Red’
  • Agastache ‘Blue Boa’
  • Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)
  • Alcea (Hollyhock)
  • Allium caeruleum/azureum
  • Allium flavum
  • Allium senescens  (Pictured right)

Pictured below are some of our current flowering beauties.​


PICTURED BLOOMING PLANTS:

Top Row: Oenothera macro. ‘ Silver Blade’, Clematis ‘Warsaw Nike’, Rosa Pink Drift
Second Row: Acantholimon hohenackeri, Rosa Morden Sunrise, Berlandiera lyrata – Chocolate Flower
Third Row: Penstemon virgatus – Wand bloom Penstemon, Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’, Phlomis cachmeriana
Fourth Row: Rosa ‘Abraham Darby’, Corydalis lutea, Lilium regale – Regal Lily

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, Jul 15 at 1 PM – TIPS & TRICKS OF XERISCAPE with Mikl Brawner

Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15

Sat, Jul 21 at 1 PM – BASIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN with Elaine Walker

Elaine is a landscape architect who will show you the elements of designing areas of your property. Learn how to observe your site, identify goals, take a site analysis, create a comprehensive design, and how to approach installation in manageable pieces.   $15

Sun, Aug 5 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. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. Check our website for details and entry information.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

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