Our long and fruitful summer is drawing to a close, and we still have not experienced even a light frost at Harlequin’s Gardens. Soon, though – we heard the ‘S’ word (Snow) mentioned in the long-range forecast. We hope you have enjoyed a rewarding season of gardening this year.
The 2010 season brought a number of notable ‘firsts’ to Harlequin’s Gardens – our first celebration of World Laughter Day (first Sunday in May), the first year we have offered our own home-brewed Compost Tea, about a dozen wonderful new classes including introductions to raising chickens, keeping bees and growing the best tomatoes, the first year we have constructed and offered our excellent cold-frames, and the first year we have written a blog.
It’s also the first year we are staying open 6 days a week in October (Tuesday through Sunday, 9 to 5), and the first time we are selling bulbs!
Now is the perfect time to start planting bulbs for spring flowers. With only a week left before we close for the season, we encourage you to come out and choose from our carefully selected array of bulbs, including many that we have been growing (and you have been admiring) in our display gardens for years. Many are either deer-proof or deer-resistant, most are drought-tolerant species and varieties that will naturalize in your garden, and all are guaranteed to cheer you up with their sudden bursts of color after a long winter. The list of our bulb offerings, along with photos, descriptions and planting instructions, is on our website in ‘Plants’.
Now is also a great time to apply organic fertilizer and top-dress your garden with compost. Organic fertilizers are naturally slow-release, and when applied in autumn, the nutrients will be stored in the roots of your plants to help them get through the winter and support new growth at the beginning of next spring. We recommend Nature Cycle fertilizer, which you can broadcast by hand, and Eko Lawn Top-Dressing (which is not just for lawns!). Both are now on sale for 25% off. The Eko Lawn Top-Dressing is the same as Eko Compost except that is finely ground and free of lumps. This makes it easy to spread by hand in perennial and shrub beds, and also easy to spread on lawns with a mechanical spreader. Top-dressing with compost is a great way to replenish the organic matter in your soil without digging or disturbing your plants. Earthworms and micro-organisms will do the work for you, slowly incorporating the compost into your soil over the winter.
Our Fall Sale continues through Saturday, October 30th, the last day of our 2010 season, and we still have lots of great perennials, herbs, and shrubs at 40% off, trees at 50 % off, hardy own-root roses at 20% off, and soil products (fertilizers, soil amendments, and mulches) are 25% off. Remember, we’ll be open every day except Monday, though our last day, which is Saturday October 30.
CONSULTATIONS & GIFT CERTIFICATES are available year-round!
Mikl and Eve are available for consultations year-round, either together or separately. To see our rates and the scope of our consultations, go to the Consultations section on our website at www.HarlequinsGardens.com . Then call us at 303-939-9403, or call Eve directly at 720-291-7826 to schedule your appointment.
If you schedule a consultation to take place between November 1 and February 28, we’ll give you a coupon for 15% off a one-time purchase of plants at Harlequin’s Gardens to use in 2011.
Gift Certificates to Harlequin’s Gardens are always appreciated by the gardeners in your life. See the instructions for ordering gift-certificates on our website, or leave us a message at 303-939-9403.
We look forward to seeing you as we finish out the season!
Mikl & Eve Brawner and the staff at Harlequin’s Gardens