HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS 2013
Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Spring, to Harlequin’s Gardens and to once again joining with the uplifting energy of Nature’s renewal. It is a hard heart that doesn’t swell when the seeds she or he has planted, germinate and push their little sprouts out through the soil. And no matter how good or bad the season is from a human view, Nature perseveres with an indomitable forward vision that we gardeners can connect with. Like Nature, we can’t afford to be optimistic or pessimistic as we prepare for the gardening season. We know that 2012 was the driest year on record and the worst drought nationally in 50 years. Scientists tell us that the earth is warming. Spring is coming sooner each year, and the result of heat and drought is lower food production with higher prices and more stress on landscape plants. So how do we prepare for warming conditions and for the unknown?
Nature prepares for unknown conditions by continually supporting life, recycling nutrients, and by copying what works. We gardeners participate in this natural economy by cultivating the powerful relationships of plants with sun, water and soil. For 60 years, oil companies have sidetracked us into chemical fertilizers and life-killing pesticides and herbicides. We can withdraw from oil dependence by renewing our soils and supporting the life of the soil with organic materials and natural minerals. We can empower ourselves to grow our own healthy, nutritious food locally. As of 2010, about half of the fresh fruit and a fourth of the vegetables we eat in the US were imported. This makes us very vulnerable and dependent on oil and on value-cutting corporations. It is far better to pay a little more for food grown locally by people who have an investment in our community, to grow it ourselves and to trade and share food with our friends and neighbors. Our health and vitality are worth it.
For the last 21 years, little Harlequin’s Gardens has been exploring a model for gardening with Nature. We have been choosing products and methods that support life, that encourage local recycling of nutrients, that use little petroleum; and we have been testing and propagating plants that produce good food and sustainable landscapes. So we think we can help you do the same. We have good local products and organic fertilizers to build healthy soils. We have great organic vegetable starts and many good berry bushes, grapes and fruit trees. And we have 25 years experience testing and growing water-thrifty, disease-resistant and otherwise sustainable landscape plants.
With this much experience, we know we have a lot to learn also. And we are honored to have so many great gardeners, plant specialists, ecologists and teachers who shop with us and who share their knowledge with us. Education is central to our mission, and we spread practical and empowering information through our classes, our knowledgeable staff, our 8 demonstration gardens, and through our website. It is time to acknowledge that real intelligence and human power come from our appreciation and cultivation of our many, diverse relationships, and that the unseen microorganisms in our soils and in our bodies are essential to us and to the health of the planet.
This year Harlequin’s Gardens opened on March first for business on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting in April we will be open every day 9-5 and Thursdays til 6. We accept payment in cash or check, but no credit or debit cards, please
Mikl Brawner & Eve Reshetnik-Brawner
Eve assembles our selection of vegetable and herb starts on the basis of considerable research and personal experience. For many years we have been trialing and evaluating new varieties in our own gardens. We attend local tasting events (including our own Taste of Tomato) and participate in local culinary garden group discussions. We have heard evaluations and taken recommendations from our customers and staff, and we have tasted produce grown by our local farmers and talked with them about what’s successful for them. Every winter Eve pores over the most interesting and reliable seed catalogs, searching for new and special varieties that resist disease and pests, produce generously, taste fabulous, and that we think will likely be successful and rewarding here on the high plains and in the mountains. Our selection aims to include the best vegetable and herb varieties for a wide range of garden sizes and growing conditions (high altitude, hot, sunny and dry, shaded, short-season, raised bed, container, ornamental edible, etc.) and culinary uses (fresh, cooked, canned, frozen, dried, stuffed, fermented, sauce, high nutrition, ornamental value, etc.) and preferences (mild, spicy, sweet, acidic, etc.). We think you’ll find the very best choices at Harlequin’s Gardens. Please give us your feedback on what you grow from us.
WE ARE GROWING dozens of varieties that we cannot describe here. Please go to our website under Plants/Edibles for a complete listing and descriptions of our veggies.
A FEW of our NEW TOMATOES for 2013 (We will offer 60 varieties of tomatoes in 2013)
80-90 days, Heirloom (Iowa), Indeterminate
A top favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Eve and Mikl were highly impressed with this very large, ribbed golden-orange beefsteak-type tomato, which is both meaty and juicy, with delicious sweet, fruity low-acid flavor (very much like Kellogg’s Breakfast). Fruits are typically 5” diameter and can weigh 2 pounds or more. Great slicer for sandwiches. Large, productive vines need good support.
80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate Ukraine or Hungary (disputed) Top-ranked by famous local chef Bradford Heap when he judged the 2011 Taste of Tomato. This vigorous, regular-leaf heirloom is noted for exceptional production over a long season, and splendid, rich fruity, flavor, slightly more acidic than sweet. The beautiful, very dark mahogany 5-oz plum-shaped or oblong fruits are great for sauce or stuffing, but are ‘single-chamber’, with a medium-thick outer wall and mass of gel in the center so they’re not so good for slicing. Best used within a couple of days of harvest.
BLACK SEA MAN
75 days, Heirloom, Determinate
One of the very few compact determinate ‘black’ tomatoes (can be grown in a mid-sized container where it can produce 20+ fruits!), this potato-leafed Russian heirloom bears an early and abundant crop of beautiful, large round 12-16 oz tomatoes with no dimples or lobes. Skin is deep mahogany-colored with green shoulders and the deep red flesh is rich with excellent complex, full-bodied, flavors. Introduced by SSE in the early 1990’s. We loved the gorgeous, huge specimens grown and donated by Boulder’s Cure Farm at our Taste of Tomato last year.
65-72 days, Heirloom, Semi-determinate
Always a taste-test winner, this Ukranian tomato was a clear favorite at our 2012 ‘Taste of Tomato’. Compact, prolific plants dependably produce ripe fruits by early or mid-August, even in cold summers. The slightly flattened 8-12 oz (2-3”) globes are deep red with greenish shoulders. Delivers true tomato taste – rich, balanced, both sweet and tangy. Superb home-garden variety and works well in high tunnels
EVA PURPLE BALL
75-80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
This very old German variety ranks high in Dr. Carolyn Male’s book on heirloom tomatoes. The pinkish-purple 2-3” (up to 5 oz.) round fruits are juicy and sweet, smooth, uniform, very crack-resistant, easy to peel and blemish-free, and ripen evenly for harvest. Much loved for canning as well as salads, sandwiches, etc. Said to perform beautifully in hot weather and the lush plants have excellent disease resistance.
MATT’S WILD CHERRY
55-70 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
These small deep red cherry/currant tomatoes explode with intense, sweet tomato flavor! Perfect to sprinkle on a salad. A cultivar ostensibly based on the original wild tomato plants, acquired by a friend of Dr. Matt Liebman in Hidalgo, Mexico. Liebman raised it in Maine, eventually releasing it under his own name. Tall, vigorous vines require staking. Reportedly resistant to Early Blight and somewhat resistant to Late Blight and frost.
85 -95 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
High yields of colossal, meaty 1 to 2 lb. golden beef-steak type fruits with red streaks inside and out. Unique, sweet, fruity, full flavor. Sometimes the shape is funky, but slices are beautiful on the plate! ‘Pineapple’ tomatoes donated to our 2012 Taste of Tomato event were the top favorite in the slicing/beefsteak category.
NEW PEPPERS FOR 2013 (We will have 23 bell peppers and 17 chili peppers in 2013)
NIKITA 64 days, HybridA very vigorous early-maturing bell pepper producing uniform square, blocky, thick-walled sweet fruits which start out ivory, mature to gold and eventually to bright red. Perfect shape for stuffing. Compact plants are 18-24” tall, 12” wide, with good foliar cover to prevent sunscald, and good heat and disease resistance. Can be grown in medium to large containers (EarthBox, Smart Pot, 16”- wide resin or ceramic) SWEET PIMIENTO 80 Days Open Pollinated Early and prolific even in bad pepper years – well-grown plants should produce 15 to 20 peppers per plant. Sweet, juicy red peppers have rich, fruity flavor – great for eating fresh or roasted, classic for canning.
HABANERO 90 days, HeirloomBy Popular Demand: one of the most blisteringly fiery peppers, from 200,000 to 325,000 Scoville units (compare with Early Jalapeno at 4,000 to 6,500 Scovilles!). Small plants to 18” tall will set 10-20 pendulous dark green fruits which mature to bright orange. Great for greenhouse and container growing. Likes night-time temperatures 70 degrees and above. Key ingredient in West Indian jerk sauce.
SOME MORE NEW VEGETABLES for 2013
SLIM JIM Asian-type Eggplant 60 days, Open Pollinated An exceptional ornamental edible, with striking, very dark purple foliage and iridescent violet flowers leading to early, high yields of mild, non-bitter, beautiful long and slim purple eggplants which can be harvested as baby eggplants, or allowed to mature to 5” long. It’s a knockout planted near contrasting plants such as lime-green Seafoam Swiss Chard, and/or flowers like Zinnia, Marigold, or Dahlia in hot colors – orange, gold, scarlet, fuschia. Slim Jim grows to about 36” tall and can be grown in a large pot.
PRESCOTT FOND BLANC cantaloupe
88 days, French Heirloom Prescott is a true cantaloupe, with 3 to 5# thick-skinned globular fruits, flattened on the top and bottom, heavily ribbed, puffy and warty. Sounds terrible? Wait! – the flesh looks like spumoni on the inside, layers of green and yellow rind giving way to deep orange flesh in the center. Marvellously sweet, juicy and aromatic. When ripening, they blush yellow and have a floral aroma, finally slipping off the vine with light pressure when fully ripe. Bring inside and let sit 1 week, then enjoy! Canteloupes require a long, hot, dry growing season, love sandy soil and raised beds.
GOLDEN GOPHER – 85 days, Heirloom Heavily ribbed fruits are taste-test winners with deep orange flesh of incomparable quality – Brix sugar level of 14 (that’s high!). Developed by U. of Minnesota in 1930s. Resistant to Fusarium, susceptible to powdery mildew (prevent and control with non-toxic ‘Green Cure’)
PATTERSON Onion – F1 hybrid long-day yellow storage onion, bred to replace Copra, the standard storage onion for many years, whose seed has lost its vigor and is being withdrawn from seed production. Bred from the same ‘breeding line’ as Copra, Patterson should have the same fantastic rock-hard long-storage quality and sweetness, and hopefully, the same drought-tolerance. Plants, ~60 per bundle, or ~30 per half-bundle
ROSSA LUNGA di TROPEA Onion110 days, Heirloom Famous Italian torpedo-shaped onion, thin-skinned and glossy maroon, lighter inside. Sweet, mild and delicious, great for all uses, fresh or cooked. Not a winter keeper, but reportedly lasts in storage to at least January. In pots.
Red Acre – OP, Solid round red-purple heads weighing 2-4 lbs. Compact, sure-heading, stores well. Good size for raised beds, small gardens.
ALL SEASONS 87 days, Heirloom (~1890)Large, broad, flattened heads, very solid and sure-heading, reaching 10-14 lbs. Tolerates hot, dry weather. Stores well, and great for sauerkraut.
And of course, many, many more varieties: see our website under Plants/Edibles
Items of Interest:
We will again be carrying seeds of grasses for low-water lawns and meadows: a Mountain Native Mix, a Foothills Native Mix, a Very Xeric Meadow Mix, plus Crested Wheat for a dry lawn, several cover-crops including ‘Hairy Vetch’,Buckwheat, and a Native Wildflower Mix. We think the “New Lawn” could be a water-saving, bird and pollinator-supporting and beautiful MEADOW. See Classes for “How to establish a Meadow” and see meadows article on our website.
SUCCULENTS: We are increasing our stock of beautiful, sculptural, low-water succulent plants that can be grown in containers (we’ll have those, too) outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.
DAHLIAS: This spring we will carry tubers for an assortment of gorgeous dahlias grown by Arrowhead Dahlias in nearby Platteville CO !
CONTAINERS: We are always on the lookout for beautiful, durable, practical planters and this year we’ll have more than ever, including one-of-a-kind ceramic planters made by local artisans Mary Lynn Schumacher and Eve Brawner (great for succulents!), as well as handsome ceramic, resin, composite and fabric pots of many sizes and designs.
GARDEN SCULPTURES & ORNAMENTS: For many years we’ve been searching for garden art we really liked – original, beautiful, durable, and reasonably priced. We finally found it! We’re very excited to be offering metal garden art from Charlotte and Ben Zink. These delightful, lyrical sheet-metal sculptures, made in their Front Range studio, will be available in many designs, sizes and finishes. We will post photos on our website soon. Eve will also be making more ceramic garden ‘totems’ – fun!
We will host the ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension on September 7. Last year was great fun with 100 varieties to try. Bring at least 3 known tomatoes of a known variety to get in free. It will be held at the Gateway Park Fun Center 4800 28th St. in Boulder 9 am.-1pm
Here are plants you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Many have survived in our low-water conditions with heat and wind, grasshoppers and rabbits for many years. They like Colorado. We take cuttings and seeds from our gardens to reproduce these sustainable plants. They are grown organically in our own potting mix, formulated to produce strong, healthy plants.
Teucrium sp. ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ was selected amongst our seedlings. This silver-leafed germander is a beauty; 4” high and 24” wide; purplish flowers. We have tested it in hot, dry conditions and find it needs little water. The silver leaves look beautiful summer and winter Please tell us your experience with this plant. We think it is worthy of Plant Select.
‘Clear Gold’ Thyme: “The best gold thyme” for Colorado, 4” high by 16” wide. The fragrant gold leaves become greener in summer, lavender flowers provide summer nectar for the bees . Low water in part shade. Best out of winter sun.
Dianthus gratianopolitanus: many selections with nicer names, but this is the most enduring dianthus in our test beds. Sweet pink, very fragrant flowers; makes a ground cover. Propagated from cuttings from our garden where it has survived sun, grasshoppers, rabbits and dry conditions for 10 years.
Keller’s Yarrow: a wonderful, heat tolerant, non-spreading yarrow; very attractive blue-green ferny foliage; clusters of white flowers provide nectar for beneficial insects. 6”x 18” wide; undemanding and enduring; low water needs. Not bothered by deer or rabbits
‘Back Wall’ Thyme: ½” tall evergreen creeping thyme; the dense, dark green foliage looks similar to ‘Elfin Thyme’ but is tougher. It stays small, 6” in diameter. Like all low thymes, it grows best with, deep watering once a week in summer, and needs protection from winter sun. Beautiful between rocks, stepping stones in part shade or in troughs & fairy gardens
Globularia cordifolia: a truly great rock garden type plant for Colorado; evergreen, little spoon-shaped, dark green leaves; 3”-5” tall, spreading very slowly to 12”-16” wide. Surprising sky blue globes of flowers peer above the foliage. Looks good in winter, xeric
Iberis saxatilis: the evergreen candytufts are some of the most beautiful and successful plants for Colorado. Their rich evergreen foliage looks so good in winter, and blesses spring with masses of pure white flowers. This species is a dwarf, 4” high by 12” wide; propagated from our 10 year old specimen that has endured everything with grace.
Ohme Garden Thyme: a very vigorous creeping thyme with mauve-pink flowers in early summer providing herbal nectar for the bees; it forms a groundcover that suppresses many weeds.. 3”x 24”-30”; Heat tolerant, Low water; rabbits and deer are no problem
Jasmine Dianthus: of course you don’t know this treasure if you don’t haunt Rock Garden Societies or shop at Harlequin’s. Who would sniff a flower with a name like Dianthus petraeus noeanus? Yet the white filigree flowers have a most wonderful jasmine fragrance. A single tiny flower is enough to raise eyebrows of delight; a mature plant can lure you from 10’ away. The foliage looks grassy so be careful not to pull it out; 6”x 18”; low water needs
Boothman’s Creeping Phlox: one of the toughest creeping phlox for Colorado. And beautiful: lavender, 4-petalled flowers with a black and gold eye. 4”x 18”-24”; Long-lived, low water; can rebloom in early fall. Not rare but excellent; low water in part shade
Dianthus simulans: cute bun plant with tiny evergreen foliage, and then it grows into a beautiful hemispherical mound that you will want to pet; 2”-6” high by 4” up to 24” wide; few tiny pink flowers. As it gets older it undulates; it looks like a starfish between rocks; grown from cuttings from our 10 year old plant; needs little water; best with winter shade
Rock Scabiosa: a fabulous, little-known groundcover, 3”x 12”-18”, with short-stemmed, pink, pin-cushion flowers and cut-leaf foliage. It has been in our groundcover display garden for years. We chose the name “Rock Scabiosa” because who would look twice at a “Pterocephalus depressus”?
Reiter’s Thyme: a tough, resilient creeping thyme often grown as a groundcover or small lawn. David Salman says “…rich, olive-green foliage grows so thickly that it also chokes out most weeds.” 3”x 30”; lavender flowers in the summer for nectar for the bees. Cut off spent flowers with a hedge shear or sharp lawn mower; low water but best irrigated in summer
Dianthus ‘Blue Hills’: a rugged, low, creeping dianthus with the most blue foliage; 3”x 12” ; very spicy fragrant pink flowers; sweet and tough in a rock garden; 3 or 4 make a mass along the front of a border or on the sunny side of a shrub. Harlequin’s Gardens brought this in from a rare-plant nursery and are propagating it from our successful plants.
Aethionema ‘Warley Rose’: a rare and wonderful rock garden plant with evergreen, very blue foliage. It grows 6” high x 12” wide and has rich pink flowers that are long blooming. It is drought tolerant once established. Propagated from cuttings from our xericape garden. Dianthus ‘Tuscan Honeymoon’-Eve & Mikl found this treasure in Italy on their honeymoon. Grassy foliage becomes a 2’-3’ tall plant in bloom in late summer/fall with large pink flowers that can be seen across the garden. It is vigorous, strong and needs little water. It resembles Dianthus giganteus but with bigger, richer pink flowers.
HARLEQUIN’S FAVORITE SHRUBS AND TREES: both native and non-natives that have proved their value in Colorado conditions, many under Harlequin’s water restrictions. We source from local growers whose quality we trust AND we grow some in economical 2 gallon containers in our own soil mix with mycorrhizal fungi, Mikl’s compost and other organic ingredients. These shrubs know what to do when they meet real soil.
Wavyleaf Oak: a small native tree 10’-20’ high and 8’-16’ wide; thick, leathery blue to green leaves; a hybrid between our native Gambel Oak and Turbinella Oak. It is drought resistant
and well adapted to hot, lean soils; quite variable leaf shapes; multi-stem or single trunk
Peking Cotoneaster: a 6’ well-adapted shrub with shiny green leaves that turn a brilliant orange-red in fall, non-showy flowers are loved by bees and followed by black fruits that are eaten by birds. Very drought resistant and tolerant of poor soils. One of the few shrubs that makes a very successful hedge in Colorado. Healthy but can get scale insect in shade. Z 2
Cercocarpus ledifolius: a native broad-leafed evergreen that loves full sun and scoffs at drought. It will grow 10’ tall and 6’ wide, and up to 15’-20’ in many years. With a little thinning and compacting, it will withstand heavy wet snow without breaking. Our 12’ specimen is 24 years old. Makes a beautiful screen and wind break; slow the first 5 years
Fernbush: drought tolerant 4’-6’ native shrub with gray-green ferny foliage that has a long season; the showy small white clusters of flowers provide nectar for beneficial insects through the summer and with a little water blooms into the fall.
Sungari Cotoneaster: a survivor and thriver from the Cheyenne Horticultural Station, this Chinese shrub has showy white flowers loved by bees and followed by stunning red berries in summer. It grows 6’-9’ high and wide, hardy to zone 3, drought resistant & beautiful
Ephedra equisetina: stunning blue, leafless stems make a sturdy, tough herbal shrub, 4’ high by 5’-6’ wide; female plants produce bright red berries in summer. Needs no water once established and makes a beautiful blue winter display; successful in a container too
Arizona Cypress: a Colorado-hardy cypress discovered by Boulder’s Alan Taylor. We offer the silvery blue foliage type that looks similar to an upright juniper from a distance, but the foliage is soft and deliciously fragrant; the cute spire that is planted becomes a 30’ high by 15’-20’ wide tree at maturity; great evergreen addition to the landscape; beautiful screen
Fragrant Currant-Ribes odoratum: this 5’ native currant looks a lot like our local Golden Currant: same very spicy fragrant golden flowers in spring, same 3-leaf foliage that turns
orange in the fall; but this selection has large tart-sweet berries that are delicious in vanilla ice cream, in cobblers, pies, jam, and when fully ripe, right off the bush. Birds love them.
New Mexican Privet-Forestiera neomexicana: a large shrub or small tree to 8’-15’ high and 8’-12’ wide with light green leaves that contrast with the light gray bark. Often grows multi-stemmed which helps its function as a screen or backdrop for shorter shrubs. Tiny yellow flowers become dark blue berries on the female plants; rich yellow fall color, xeric
Knock-your-socks-Off Mock Orange-Mikl’s Selection: probably no different than most Philadelphus coronaria, that you can’t find anymore because they are 12’ high and 10’ wide, but the fragrance from its single white flowers is divine and carries for 50’ or more. Mikl discovered this specimen on The Hill in Boulder and was allowed to take cuttings.
Euonymus Manhattan-Mikl’s Selection: a broadleafed evergreen shrub of exceptional endurance. Cuttings were taken from a specimen growing in a tiny island in the middle of a parking lot with no irrigation for decades. Usually Manhattan is 4’-6’ high and wide and thrives in shade or part shade and sports pink capsules of orange seed in fall. Beautiful.
Euonymus ‘Minima’: an evergreen vine with small shiny green leaves that can climb to 10’ or more; low water and elegant. Mikl’s specimen has survived drought, wood rats and grasshoppers and still looks good. (though it would probably look better at your house).
‘Julia Jane’ Boxwood: a hardy form of Korean Boxwood found in Denver by the late, famed landscape architect Jane Silverstein Ries. One of the few evergreen boxwoods that is resistant to leaf-scorch in winter. Grows slowly to 4’. A beautiful and durable specimen that is deer and rabbit proof. Surprise! It can be grown dry in part shade. From our cuttings.
HERBS AT HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS Here is a sampling of some especially good ones
Wild French Thyme: brought to Harlequin’s by a customer from the hills of Provence. Delicious, small-leafed, culinary thyme with strong, but not biting flavor. Upright plant 8”-12” tall and 12”-18” wide. Small lavender flowers provide herbal nectar for the bees. The active ingredient, Thymol is repellant to the Vorroa Mite that destroys bee colonies.
Milk Thistle-Silybum marianum: a very attractive ornamental with white marbled, deeply lobed prickly foliage and tall purple thistle flowers. A highly respected medicinal herb that is “…an excellent and gentle liver and blood detoxifier.” M. Tierra; good for reducing the toxicity of alcohol, drugs and chemicals. Thanks to herbalist Leslie Lewis for viable seed.
True Comfrey-Symphytum officinalis: medicinal herb useful in healing creams, also a high nitrogen mulch, good in compost piles. Softer to touch than Russian Comfrey. The roots are rhizomatous so put where it is OK to be a patch.
Russian Comfrey-Symphytum x uplandicum: contains the highest levels of cell-proliferating allantoin. Permaculturists love this for soil building and composts and companion planting in orchards. Makes a good sun tea for plants & salve for humans
Marilyn’s Pick Peppermint: Marilyn Kakudo has taught at the Culinary School of the Rockies and is a discriminating chef. She chose this peppermint out of several we were trying out. It is strong but has a good flavor. Like all mints, best grown in a contained spot.
Dwarf Creeping Oregano-Origanum humile: a nice groundcover in an herb garden, xeriscape or sunny border; 6” high x 16” diameter, with lavender-pink flowers in summer. Very good culinary oregano flavor, dried or fresh. Flower nectar is loved by bees.
Arp Rosemary: one of perhaps 2 Rosemaries that will survive outdoors in Colorado. May only live 3 or 4 years (we know one that is 7 years old), but will produce enough herb for 20 years. Tasty leaves can be used fresh or dried. Makes a beautiful house plant too.
A woman called us asking to save 3 for her; we asked her name; she said “Rosemary Arp”
A Sampling of Native Plants from Boulder County Seed: Preserve our native gene pool!
Each year Mikl and Eve are granted a permit to collect small numbers of seeds from our local Open Space and Mt. Parks so that we can offer our genuinely local natives.
Helianthus pumilus-yellow daisies on dwarf yellow sunflower, 12”-20” high, xeric
Grindellia squarrosa-Gumweed: attractive yellow flowers Aug-Oct., xeric medicinal, 15”
Penstemon virens-2”x6”, short spikes of violet blue flowers; shiny, dark evergreen leaves
Gaillardia aristata-yellow and red pinwheel flowers all summer, 10”-16” high, very xeric,
Penstemon secundiflorus-bright lavender-pink flowers on 12” stems, bluish foliage, xeric
Ratibida columnifera-Prairie Coneflower; yellow or red daisies all summer, low water
Liatris punctata-purple-pink gayfeather, 12”-16” tall, late summer, xeric, butterflies
Physaria bellii-low rosette of silvery leaves, yellow flowers early spring, xeric, rare
Monarda fistulosa-native bee balm, pink-purple flowers bees love, fragrant foliage, 16”
Lithospermum multiflorum-Many Flowered Puccoon, 12”-24”, funnel-like yellow flowers
Solidago rigida-Stiff Goldenrod- 16” tall stems, golden-yellow clusters of flowers, butterflies
Many things may come to pass, but it’s the Present where we’re at.
EVENTS AND SALES
March 1 Open for the Season: Open Fri. Sat and Sundays 9-5
Beginning April 1 Open every day 9-5; Thursdays 9-6
April 29, May 1, 2,3,4,5, Harlequin’s Gardens Annual May Day Celebration and Plant Sale. Plant Sale Monday thru Sunday; on Saturday May 4 from 11-11:30 don’t miss the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers who will bring us fertility and merriment, at 12 noon hear the very fine & lively Boulder Irish Session Band and at 1:45pm get down with the hot African Marimba Music of Jesse and Briannah.
On Sunday, May 5, World Laughter Day, refreshments will be served, and from 11-1 enjoy Meadowlark, a Celtic trio with hammered dulcimer, mandolin & fiddle, then from 1-3 Magician Stuart Hayner will amaze us. And from 2-3pm listen to the harmonies of Coconuts Barbershop Quartet. Also watch for Stele Earth E Man the Eco-Troubadour
20-20 Sales: On the 20th of each month, look for 20% off special tables of plants
August 26, 27,28,29,30,31,Sept. 1 Members Fall Plant Sale
Sept 2 Harlequin’s Annual Fall Plant Sale begins for everyone. This sale continues every week in September and October
Sept. 7 Taste of Tomato: a tomato tasting festival; CSU Co-op Extension with Harlequin’s Gardens; Bring your favorites; Carol O’Meara presiding; call/see our website for details
October: open every day 9-5, the Sale continues. Closed for the Season-TBA
December Holiday Market with Local Artisan Goods and Goodies every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December
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CLASSES FOR 2013
In our classes you will learn more than information. Our teachers are people who have spent years honing their skills. Their experience in Colorado will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 for most classes 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 the class. Pre-payment assures your place in the class. More details at www.HarlequinsGardens.com CLASSES ARE $15 unless otherwise noted
Sun. April 7, 10 am: INTRO to BACKYARD BEEKEEPING with Julie Finley Ridinger & Kristina Williams. Thinking about keeping bees to pollinate your garden and produce some honey? Learn about honeybee behavior, culture and requirements, basics of how to manage a colony, plants that support honeybees, and visit a natural top-bar hive. Wild solitary (non-colonizing) bees are extremely important pollinators as well; learn about our native wild bees and how to support and encourage them in your garden. Julie directed the beekeeping program at Growing Gardens for many years, and Kristina is an entymologist and wild bee expert. Together they buzz with 15+ years of experience. $15
Sun. April 7, 1:30 pm: BUILDING TOPSOIL & FERTILITY with Mikl Brawner. Learn how to support soil life, enrich poor soils and improve plant health and nutrition from the bottom up: composts, fertilizers, mulching, worms, deficiencies and tilth. Mikl is founder and co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens, and has been studying soil biology for years. $15
Sat. April 13, 10 am: DO-IT-YOURSELF DRIP IRRIGATION with Alison Peck. Drip irrigation can be easy! It is a key part of most water conserving landscapes, but it can be intimidating. Come learn a simple, easy to design and install system which Alison has been using for years, plus new efficient sprinklers Save money, save water, reduce weeds and have healthier plants. Alison Peck is a Landscape Designer specializing in xeriscapes, native plant landscapes and other earth-friendly landscapes. She owns Matrix Gardens, which has been designing and installing sustainable landscapes in Boulder Valley for 25 years. $15
Sat. April 13, 1:30 pm: GROWING VEGGIES & HERBS in CONTAINERS with Ellen Dart. Longtime Boulder vegetable gardener Ellen Dart moved her gardening efforts into containers to protect her efforts from two rambunctious new puppies. She grows at least $900 worth of food and herbs a year in Earth Boxes, window boxes & pots. She will share the simple methods for success she has learned for growing greens, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, and more. Earth Boxes and other containers, as well as seeds, potting soils and organic fertilizers are available for sale at the nursery. One of our most popular classes! $15
Sun. April 14, 10 am: RAISED-BED GARDENING 101 with Bryant Mason. Raised beds are a neat, compact, well-drained and good-looking option for productive home-scale vegetable gardening. Bryant will provide a thorough, step-by-step presentation of how to start an easy raised bed vegetable garden. Topics covered will include: soil development, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, recommended crops. Bryant Mason is the founder of The Urban Farm Co. of Colorado $15
Sun. April 14, 1:30 pm: SUCCESSFUL LOW-WATER LANDSCAPING with Mikl Brawner. Our region seems to be getting hotter and drier, and we will have to adapt our gardens to the ‘new normal’. Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how. There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl Brawner is founder and co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens. Mikl’s xeriscape experience of over 25 years has taught him tricks that will cost you a lot less than it cost him. $15
Sat. April 20, 10 am: INTRO to RAINWATER ‘HARVESTING’ with Jason Gerhardt. In this class we will cover the legal issues of water harvesting in Colorado and focus on what we can do to benefit from the free rain from the sky. Harvesting water in the soil, instead of in cisterns, helps us make the best possible use of our precious rainwater and can lead to sustainably lush gardens uncommon in our semi-arid climate. Jason currently teaches a permaculture program for Naropa University and instructs in numerous workshops and courses annually. He practices ecological design professionally as Real Earth Design. $15
Sat. April 20, 1:30 pm: MAKING your GARDEN / LANDSCAPE TRULY SUSTAINABLE with Alison Peck. Our gardens can be a vibrant contribution to the earth’s health, rather than consumers of resources and toxic chemicals. We will look at alternative materials and designs which can at least ‘do no harm’, and explore ways in which our gardens and landscapes can be actively beneficial to the web of life. Alison Peck has been working towards sustainable landscaping and living for 25 years, and the ideas and information presented are based on her 25+ years experience designing and installing landscapes. $15
Sun. April 21, 10:00 am: SUCCESSFUL HOME COMPOSTING with Mikl Brawner. How to turn waste into wealth by cultivating soil microorganisms. Nature does the work if you know how to lend a hand. In this class you will learn what works in our climate, and what doesn’t. Mikl has been composting for 30 years. $15
Sun. April 21, 1:30 pm: FEARLESS PRUNING in the ROSE GARDEN with Eve Reshetnik Brawner (Rain/Snow date: Sun. 4/28, 1:30 pm)
Don’t be intimidated by your roses! Learn when, why and how to prune hardy roses and climbers, and return to your garden armed with knowledge, confidence, and the right tools to prune properly for the most rewarding results. Discussion & hands-on demonstration & practice. Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, & hat. Eve Reshetnik Brawner is co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens and is respected as a rose expert on the Front Range. She has been growing and pruning hardy roses in Colorado for more than 20 years. $15
Sat. April 27, 10 am: BERRIES & SMALL FRUITS for COLORADO with Mikl Brawner. Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants and vitamins, take up less space & bear sooner than trees: strawberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, gooseberries. The best varieties for CO. & how to grow them. $15
Sat. April 27, 1:30 pm: GARDENING for BEES, BIRDS & WILDLIFE with Alison Peck. You’ll discover many new friends when you invite birds, bees, butterflies and even snakes and toads into your garden. Learn easy ways to provide food and shelter for wildlife, how to include plants that are particularly important for wildlife, and how to discourage ‘urban wildlife’, such as deer, skunks and raccoons. Alison Peck is a Landscape Designer specializing in xeriscapes, native plant landscapes and other earth-friendly landscapes. She owns Matrix Gardens, which has been designing and installing landscapes in Boulder Valley for 25 years. $15
Sun. April 28, 10 am: PERMACULTURE: WHAT THE HECK IS IT? with Lynn Duguay. Find out why permaculture is growing by leaps and bounds, how it extends far beyond gardening, how you can benefit from it. We’ll look at practical, sustainable strategies for home and community resilience, how to improve our soils, some simple water harvesting ideas and more! Lynne duGuay is a certified Advanced Permaculture Designer and is currently facilitating the 8-month permaculture certification course in Boulder. $15
Saturday May 11, 10 am: EDIBLE LANDSCAPING with Alison Peck Learn how to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, vines and herbs in your yard, beautifully. Learn which plants are the most successful and how to integrate them into your landscape. Alison has been designing edible landscapes for 25 years; she owns Matrix Gardens landscaping. $15
Saturday May 11, 1:30 pm: HANDS-ON CONTAINER PLANTING with HG staff Judy Whitfield & Elaine Walker. Come spend the afternoon learning step-by step how to put together a beautiful and successful planter for your balcony, patio, doorstep, window or garden, using ornamentals and/or vegetables and herbs. We will help you choose from our excellent selection of planters of all sizes, materials, designs and prices (or bring your own), and our unique and wonderful selection of plants appropriate for your site conditions, your container and your aesthetics. We will help you assemble them in the right potting soil and best arrangement, so you can take home a completed planter for yourself or (hint, hint) for a fantastic, personal Mothers Day gift. Bring a trowel and gardening gloves or buy them here. Limited enrollment! $15 plus the materials you choose.
Saturday May 18, 10 am: SEED-SAVING with Janis Kieft Learn how to save flower and veggie seeds from your garden. Topics include: isolation, selection, harvesting, seed storage, testing & more. You can develop strains that are best adapted to the particular conditions in your garden, ensure that you’ll have your favorite varieties even if they disappear from commerce, learn a little botany, and save money. Janis is a professional with 30 yrs experience. $15
Saturday May 18, 1:30 pm: BEST FRUIT TREES FOR COLORADO with Mikl Brawner Learn which varieties are successful here, which are not, and which are good flavored: Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Peaches, and learn how to care for them. Mikl’s 1st orchard was in 1976. $15
Sunday May 19, 10 am: EDIBLE WEEDS & WILD MEDICINALS with herbalist Ann Drucker. A hands-on herb class in the field: forage, taste, learn, make wild pesto & healing vinegar. Ann has over 20 years experience teaching herbal healing in her joyful, experiential way. One of our most popular and fun classes! $15
Sunday May 19, 1:30 pm: SECRETS OF VEGGIE GARDENING IN THE MOUNTAINS with Stephen Sherman Learn how to deal with mountain soils, shorter seasons and wildlife for bountiful harvests. Steve has been soil-building and growing gardens in the foothills for 23 years $15
Saturday June 1, 10 am: GARDENING in CLAY SOILS with Alison Peck. Clay soils can be a challenge for the gardener. Come learn techniques for working with clay soils and the plants that thrive in them, from vegetables to perennials, shrubs and trees. Alison Peck of Matrix Gardens is an award-winning landscape designer who has gardened and landscaped in foothills clay soils for three decades, so she feels your pain and she can help you make it all better. $15
Saturday June 1, 1:30 pm: GARDENING at HIGH ALTITUDE with Diane Badertscher Gardening above 6000’ has its own challenges. There are certain plants and certain strategies that can improve your successes. Diane lives and gardens at 8000’ and can help you. $15
Sunday June 2, 10 am: MAKE YOUR OWN HYPER-TUFA TROUGH PLANTER with Tamara Winter. Dress to get dirty, particle mask, rubber gloves, bandana; forms provided or bring one. These planters are ideal for alpine treasures, cacti & succulents etc.; $25 includes materials for 1 trough; pre-register
Sunday June 2, 1:30 pm: A GARDEN FOR COLORADO CONDITIONS: Tour our most recent demonstration garden with Harlequin’s Gardens owners Eve & Mikl Brawner. We will discuss the soil preparation, the native and non-native shrubs, trees and perennials we planted, and how the garden survived in spite of having been planted in the heat of 2011 and 2012. $15
Saturday June 8, 1:30 pm: SEASON EXTENDING for YEAR-ROUND HARVESTS with Eric Johnson .Learn how to grow veggies thru the winter w/o extra heat & with low-tech solutions. Eric has studied horticulture and has 20 years experience, gardening & experimenting $15
Sunday June 9, 1:30 pm: EVE’S TOP 40 FRAGRANT ROSES with Eve Brawner, co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens. A nose-on class. The enchanting fragrances of roses have been lost in many modern varieties. Eve will share her long experience searching out the truly fragrant varieties, heirloom and modern. $15
Saturday June 15, 10 am: MEDICINALS AS ORNAMENTALS in a XERISCAPE GARDEN. Join Leslie Lewis, herbalist and gardener par excellence for a detailed tour of her beautiful and successful low-water front yard in which most of the plants function both as colorful ornamentals and as medicinal herbs that she uses to make effective herbal home remedies. Be prepared to be surprised and learn a lot! Old-Town Longmont location. $15
Saturday June 22, 1:30 pm: Organic Strategies for Grasshoppers with Mikl Brawner. There’s no perfect solution to stopping grasshoppers, but there are non-toxic methods to significantly reduce their damage. $15
Sat. Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m.: PRUNING for STRENGTH, HEALTH & BEAUTY (offered again on Sun. 8/25) Mikl Brawner will give a talk and demonstration. Learn to train young trees, to restructure shrubs and trees broken by storms, to prune roses. Mikl has 35 years experience in pruning. $15
Sat. Aug 17, 1:30 pm: How to Establish a Meadow of Colorado-adapted grasses and wildflowers from seed. Darren Klotz has completed over 1100 seeding and erosion control projects, consulting on organic turf fertilization, now with Rocky Mt. Bio Products $15 (Harlequin’s Gardens is carrying 5 kinds of Meadow Mixes and EZ Mulch)
Sun. Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m.: PRUNING for STRENGTH, HEALTH & BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner (this is a REPEAT of the August 10th class) $15
Sat. Sept. 7, 10 am to 1 pm: 3rd Annual TASTE of TOMATO (see our Events Listings)
Sat. Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m.: LOW-TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner of Harlequin’s Gardens Mikl has been researching, building and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on 5 designs on site at the nursery. $15
THE HARLEQUIN EFFECT AND MEMBERSHIP
We learn best by example and by doing, so we devote land, time and plants to Demonstration Gardens that inspire and educate all of us. We now have 8 gardens for you to enjoy and learn from. We are too small to be able to afford all these costs so it occurred to us to use the “Harlequin Effect” to make this community benefit possible. We call it the “Harlequin Effect” when a patchwork of small contributions adds up in a dynamic way that is greater than the sum of its parts.
All along, Harlequin’s Gardens has depended on recycled materials, trades, word-of-mouth promotion, generosity, kindness, passion, service and other non-corporate building blocks to create our success. So the idea to finance our educational gardens and programs is MEMBERSHIP. Here is our expanded current offer: Members will give us $20 for a one year membership and in direct return will receive these benefits 1)Free Harlequin’s Class of your choice, worth $15. 2) 25% discount on books all year 3) During the May Day Week take 20% off a one time $50 or more purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees
4) take 10% off roses (except quarts), then 5) in August begin the fall sale a week early with 20% off most everything.
If you do not become a member, you will continue to get the same excellent plants and the same personal help in selecting the best plants for your particular situation.
However if you do become a member, your $20 will go to a good cause, creating botanic garden-like demonstration areas and educational programs not only for yourself, but for the community. If you like what we’ve been doing so far, help us to make it possible.
You can become a member anytime you are at the nursery, or mail a check for $20 to Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N.26th St. Boulder, CO. 80301. We will put you in our Membership Rolodex. A membership is valid until the end of the calendar year.
Last year’s membership donations helped to pay for weeding, watering and planting in our gardens. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!!!
We are very proud of our staff, who have worked with us for so many years, so to help you to get to know us and our specialties, here are our portraits.
Judy Whitfield has been gardening in Colorado for 20 years, and at the same time studying in various horticulture programs and classes. She is very interested in conservation and ecology especially as they relate to herbs, perennials, vegetables and habitats for pollinators and wildlife.
Elaine Walker has a degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis in ecological practices. She has her own landscape design practice, and her recent work includes designing outdoor living spaces, retaining & boulder walls, water features, native and drought tolerant plantings.
Linda Taylor specializes in heirloom roses. She started and operated her own rose nursery in Montana and she knows the tough and hardy varieties. She does consulting on Horticultural Therapy and landscaping.
Diane Badertscher earned a degree in horticulture with honors, and has qualified as a Certified Colorado Nursery Professional. She specializes in trees and shrubs, especially the natives. Her 15 years of experience gardening at 8,000’ is very valuable to mountain gardeners.
Matt Patrick is trained as a CSU Master Gardener and has operated his own landscape business for the past 9 years. He was raised farming tobacco in Kentucky. He has worked for the Boulder County AIDS Project, Boulder Human Relations Comm., & Foothills United Way.
Engrid Winslow has a degree in Urban Horticulture and has taken Master Gardener training, and has experience with gardening at her home and professionally. Engrid makes the best jams and preserves.
Michele Bailey has worked for more than 15 years in the landscaping and nursery industries. Her special interests are perennials, natives and vegetables—especially for children. She sells Harlequin-Grown plants at the Wednesday Farmers Market in Boulder, and has a part-time landscaping service.
Marilyn Kakudo has a degree in Biology, is a former teacher at the Culinary School of the Rockies, has assisted many small local businesses, and is an excellent gardener. Marilyn is transplanting many of our seed-grown plants in our solar greenhouse, and provides great assistance to us in many realms.
Eve Reshetnik-Brawner has always had a passion for gardening and for studying, growing and drawing plants. She has a degree in landscape architecture and over ten years of professional experience in that field. She has a special love and knowledge of roses, fragrant flowers, ornamental grasses, clematis, natives, vegetables and herbs. Eve, with Mikl, designed the rose garden at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. In her “spare” time she is a musician, a ceramic artist and loves to cook. Eve is available for garden consultations
Mikl Brawner got his initial training along the creeks and woods of eastern Iowa. He studied biology at the University of Iowa, then went to India with the Peace Corps. Back in America, he managed a small organic apple orchard, and started a tree care business. Studying plants, researching alternatives to pesticides, and developing a xeriscape garden led him from the tree tops to a plant nursery. Now the evolving Harlequin’s Gardens is his life-work, helping the gardening community to bring nature into their personal lives and homes using sustainable plants, materials and methods. His current passion is soil biology and soil health. Mikl is available for consultations. He was honored with the 2009 PaceSetter Award for the Environment
And we’re delighted to have occasional help from: Sharron Zaun, Christina Thomas & Marty Crigler,
Kyle Katsos grew up in the family greenhouse business doing landscaping & maintenance. He is founder of Greener Avenues, an environmentally conscious landscape management company. We are entrusting the maintenance of our Demonstration Gardens to Kyle again this year, and his company will be available to help our customers with planting, delivery and continued plant care. We recommend them.
Very Special Products for Your Benefit
Compost Tea-enriches soil, prevents disease, supports & inoculates soil life, increases plant growth and flowering. We are making our own this year from Biodynamic Compost. Local fertility: Try it!
Yum Yum Mix- 2-2-2 Vegan/Organic fertilizer for alkaline, nutrient-poor Western soils, feeds plants/microbes.Made from alfalfa, cottonseed meal, kelp meal, rock dust, green sand, humate
Mile-Hi Rose Feed: formulated specifically for Colorado soils, mostly organic, contains 12 essential nutrients and trace minerals for roses, adds organic matter, supports microorganisms. We’ve been using this for 12 years at the Boulder-Dushanbe Tea House with great results.
Biodynamic Compost Starter-speeds decomposition, adds nitrogen bacteria, helps make humus, improves mineral availability, contains 55 microorganisms, long history of success
Biodynamic Field and Garden Spray-speeds the breakdown of cover crops or sheet mulch; planting 2 – 3 weeks after spraying & turning under, or before adding to sheet mulch; 55 microbes
PlantersII-a rock dust product containing over 30 trace minerals. Use when doing soil prep. or side-dress every 2 years.Great for rock gardens, cacti, natives and vegetables, supports plant health
Menefee Humate-, natural carbon product; high concentration of trace minerals and humic acid for plant growth, development & unlocking of vital nutrients. Stimulates microorganism activity
Alpha One: locally made organic fertilizer for Colorado 7-2-2; alfalfa based with high organic matter
New Jersey Greensand: organic source of 3% Potassium, holds moisture, high cation exchange capacity, contains many trace minerals, slow release over a long time
Soft Rock Phosphate: natural source of phosphorus and calcium, immediately available over a long time. Does not reduce mycorrhizae like petroleum-derived phosphorus
Corn Gluten-a truly organic weed and feed; keeps weed seeds from growing, fertilizes with 9% N
Pharm Solutions for safe pest management: this great line of USDA certified products are made from organic essential oils & other non-toxic and good smelling ingredients.
Pure Spray Green Horticultural Oil: THE best non-toxic pest management product I know; baby oil grade has no burning on leaves; smothers aphids, mites, sawflies; no harm to lady bugs, birds
Eco Skin Sunscreen: zinc oxide UV protection; no titanium dioxide, non-nano, no fragrances; good moisturizer, ideal for sensitive skin; does not sting eyes; very effective
Tulsi Tea: Organic Holy Basil Teas have many health benefits including reduced stress, support immune system, aids digestion, balances energy, anti-allergy etc. Excellent company cultivating ecology with organic/biodynamic practices while supporting social justice and dignity.
Solar Caps: Season extending device that’s a big improvement over “Wall-o-Water”. Sturdy wire frames are covered with a water-filled lining, they don’t blow over, light transmission is excellent. They can be left on all season to keep the soil warm at night, which is very beneficial for tomatoes and peppers. We planted a tomato in one April 11, it was ripe July 15.
Green Cure: non toxic cure for powdery mildew & blackspot, tomato blight, proved effective locally
Bobbex Deer Repellent-both a fertilizer and a repellent; many reports of success with this one, even in Evergreen, Colorado. Best to alternate with Liquid Fence which guarantees success. We will carry products for repelling deer and rabbits. Plantskydd- lasts twice as long as other repellants, for deer, elk, rabbits etc. 6 month dormant, 3 months in growth; rainfast in 24hrs
Excellent Tools: unbendable trowel, sharp hand pruners and loppers, saws, West County Gloves, ergonomic spades, garden forks, trowels & rakes and more.
One of our specialties is fruiting plants that are adapted to Colorado conditions. All the apples we carry are resistant to fireblight and good-tasting. And the cherries we sell are all proven successful in Colorado. Our grapes are the most hardy of any you will find, delicious fresh, in juice and a few are good for wine. And we have productive & good tasting currants, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. See May classes and see Edibles (under Plants) on our website for varieties available in 2013. Limited quantities on some varieties. Here are a few especially good ones:
Caroline Raspberry: large, delicious red raspberries are heavy producers over a long period. Proven successful in Colorado, especially if mowed in spring and harvested late August into Fall. Disease resistant. Better than Heritage except under hot & dry conditions
Tasti-Berry Gooseberry: a cross between a black currant and a gooseberry. Is thornier than the currant and sweeter too. Ranked “most delicious” at taste tests at Ft. Collins Wholesale Nursery. 3’-4’ high and wide; an easy-to-grow home fruit, fruits annually
White Imperial Currant: Loose clusters of beautiful, white, translucent fruit said to be “the
richest and sweetest flavor of all currants.” Ripens in mid-July; very old variety hardy to zone 3; 4’x4’.
Crandall Clove Currant: one of the best home-fruit plants for our region, produces volumes of large, black currants every year; the taste is both tart and sweet and good to eat off the bush or made into tarts, pies, jams or on vanilla ice cream. 5X Vitamin C of oranges, high in anti-oxidants. 5’x5’. Very fragrant golden flowers in the spring; red-orange fall color
Cortland Apple: from 1915; fine-grained, crisp, juicy; very good for fresh eating, excellent in pie and apple cider; slow to brown in salads; good fireblight resistance; harvest in Sept.;
12’-20’ on standard rootstock, Hardy to –40 degrees F.
We will carry several good apple varieties, some unusual one in limited quantities
Green Gage Plum (“Reine Claude”): from the 1500s; small fruit that is “sweet as honey” highly prized in Europe for dessert quality, good cooked too. Easy to grow; small, low-branched tree is good for kids; very hardy; 12’-15’; does not need a pollinator
Bali Cherry: Natural dwarf tree to 12’ with 1” dark red sweet-tart fruit; good for fresh eating when ripe and for baking. Extremely hardy (-50 degrees F) High yielding. Tough
Strawberries: We are carrying many good varieties, each for good reasons. Ft. Laramie,
Tristar, Mara des Bois, Alexander Alpine, Earliglow. Here is one description:
Mara des Bois: an everbearing variety with wonderful flavor and fragrance; medium-sized fruit is also beautiful; produces a lot of fruit and new plants.
ROSES: We are known far and wide for our selection of sustainable roses and for our expertise in helping people choose the best varieties for their gardens and landscapes. We sell roses on their own roots not grafted, which makes them more cold hardy, longer lived, with more flowers. Most of our roses are disease-resistant and very hardy and none should need spraying with toxic pesticides. The Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse Rose Garden is an example of our roses in action for the past 16 years. We do sell popular varieties like the ‘Knock Out’ roses, but many we carry are far superior to the highly advertised latest craze, including:
‘Fairmount Prosperine’ is the ‘study name’ of this heirloom rose that rosarian John Starnes found growing at Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery, where it had survived untold decades with no care or attention. It has just about every great quality you could ask for in a rose: gorgeous, full fuschia-pink flowers, a strong romantic ‘old rose’ fragrance, repeat bloom, cold-hardiness to USDA zone 5 and almost no winter die-back, compact growth habit, and great disease-resistance. We planted one in the rose display garden at our nursery, where it endures ferocious sun and wind and a less-than-ideal watering schedule without complaint. We fertilize twice a year with Mile-Hi Rose Feed and alfalfa meal. Plant ‘Fairmount Proserpine’ where it receives full sun or morning sun/afternoon shade, near a path or patio where the delicious fragrance can be easily enjoyed.
‘Darlow’s Enigma’-this excellent rose is an enigma, because it is the only rambler that blooms repeatedly through the year. Long, flexible canes grow to 10’ or more as a climber, has sweetly fragrant small single white flowers in great masses, is cold hardy and has very small, attractive red hips in the fall. It tolerates shade and is easy to grow.
PRODUCTS TO SUPPORT PLANTS IN DROUGHT
Denver Water will announce mandatory watering restrictions on March 27. And also to just save water, here are products that can save water costs and plant losses.
Expanded Shale: a shale product that is mined and fired just south of Boulder to create a porous, light “gravel” that holds both water and air, and creates optimal housing for microorganisms. Aids in water penetration of tight clay soils (a Real claybuster).Texas A&M recommends using 3” expanded in the top 6” of soil. (or mixing 10%-20% by volume). It does not break down, so it holds soil structure and reduces watering needs for a long time.
Water-absorbing Polymers: Hydrosource: a water absorbing polymer used as a soil amendment to help establish plants and save water; lasts 8 years in soil. OSHA says nonhazardous; Not OMRI Okd; Plant roots like it. Quench: organic-based water-absorbing gel made from cornstarch. More costly than Hydrosource but natural; effective for 3 years; said to release water to soil faster; has good value in helping to establish plants, reduce watering in containers; recommended for veggie gardens
Mulches keep water from evaporating and keep the soil cooler. We prefer mulches that also add nutritional value (unlike redwood and cedar which repel microorganisms) like: Fine Wood Chips, Soil Pep-partially composted bark, EZ Mulch-paper granules that are spread over newly seeded lawns or meadow helping germination
Composts hold water when mixed in soil supporting plants and support soil life which both bring water to plants and support them nutritionally. We carry: EcoGro-locally made from landscape and beer wastes, Mushroom-by-product of local organic mushroom farm; Eko Compost-made locally from egg-laying chicken manure and wood wastes, Western Grow-made from local landscape wastes and food wastes; Dairy Cow-from low salt Dairy Cow manure and bedding
Mycorrhizal inoculants: multiplying the microorganisms especially the beneficial fungi mycorrhizae, supports a system for bring water beyond the reach of roots, to the plants and supporting their nutritional health, helping with stress.
Special Soil Products:
Biosol-an OMRI certified fertilizer that is 90% fungal biomass, 6-1-1, made from organic soybean meal, org. cottonseed meal, sucrose, lactose and trace minerals; holds water and stimulates soil life; without salt, non-burning, weed-free
Maxfields Organics: new local company making premium soil mixes without peat from high quality ingredients: compost, coir, expanded shale, alfalfa fertilizer, rice hulls, biochar and beneficial microorganisms.
Maxfields Soil Conditioner-for amending clay soils and building raised beds
Maxfields Planting Mix-for filling planter boxes and large containers, like Earth Boxes (better than Eko Potting Soil that we carried last year?) And for topdressing vegetable gardens and planting trees and shrubs.
Row Cover: light weight fabric over plants keeps them cooler when it’s hot, warmer when it’s cold; protects from bugs& critters; helps keep seed moist to get started. Loop Hoops hold the fabric up for air circulation
Maxfield’s Potting Soil-for transplanting seedlings, small containers, (for seed starting?)
Good Karma Potting Soil (formerly Gordon’s) made from 25% earthworm castings for healthy plants, good growth, resistance to diseases; great for top-dressing house plants or growing veggies
Fox Farm Potting Soils: these are peat based, but we were searching for improved potting soils and all three of these performed well in our tests. They do contain earthworm castings and beneficial microorganisms.
Ocean Forest Potting Soil-their top grade with kelp meal, bat guano, crab and fish: nutrient rich: performed well
Happy Frog Potting Soil-with composted bark, bat guano, etc, but for us performed almost as well as Ocean F
Light Warrior Seed Starting Mix- peat, perlite, humic acid and microbes; Mikl was skeptical, but it worked well
Landscape Consultations: Eve and Mikl are available for consultations. We can help you 1) clarify the use of the space 2) choose plants 3) identify site opportunities & limitations 4)make rough design sketches & plant lists 5)prioritize project steps. 6)reduce water use through water-wise plant choices, etc. 7) plan vegetable, fruit, native & wildlife gardens 8) improve your soil fertility 9)Identify trees, evaluate and make recommendations for tree care. Consultations can be at your property, or less expensive private consultations can take place at the nursery. Mikl is available Mondays & Wednesdays 10-6; Fridays or other times by appt. Eve’s hours may be more flexible. Call to Schedule 303-939-9403