May Day Sale and Festival
Greetings to our Gardening Friends!
Is it spring yet? Yes, I think so! You are probably anxious to get out there and plant, and we have been extremely busy growing and bringing in great plants for you – and seeds, composts, organic fertilizers, potting mixes, gardening tools & accessories, ornaments, books, etc.
But before we get into the details of what’s in stock, we want to invite you to join us for our Harlequin’s Gardens Annual May Day Celebration and Plant Sale.
THE MAYDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday May 4 & Sunday May 5
Once again, we will celebrate the beginning of a new season of growth with happy, heartful, high-quality local music, dance, ritual and magic!
Saturday, May 4:
From 11-11:30 a.m. don’t miss the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers, who will bring us fertility and merriment
From 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. hear the very fine & lively Boulder Irish Session Band
From 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. get down with the hot African Marimba Music of Jesse and Briannah.
Sunday, May 5 (World Laughter Day, Cinco de Mayo)
Refreshments will be served through most of the day!
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy Meadowlark, a spirited Celtic trio featuring award-winning hammered dulcimer, mandolin & fiddle
From 1 to 3:00 p.m. Magician Stuart Hayner will delight and amaze adults and children of all ages.
And from 2 to 3:00 p.m. listen to the harmonies of Coconuts Barbershop Quartet.
Also watch for our favorite Superhero Stele Earth E Man the Eco-Troubadour.
THE PLANT SALE
The Plant Sale runs from Monday April 29 through Sunday May 5th. We will have many wonderful plants discounted in our sale area. And current Members will enjoy a new membership benefit: During the May Day Week members receive 20% off a one time $50 or more purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees) and 10% off roses (except quart size).
Ask our staff about how and why to become a supporting Member of Harlequin’s Gardens, or read about Membership on our website.
Garden soil does not make a good potting soil. If a potting medium is too dense, roots will rot. And potting mixes made from Sphagnum peat, perlite and vermiculite are soil-less mixes, and do not make good amendments for the soil in your garden.
In your garden, use composts, organic fertilizers, and specialized planting mixes; and ‘clay-busters’ like expanded shale to provide air space and cultivate soil life.
ROSES: Our outdoor rose tables are filled with hardy varieties that we have grown and over-wintered outside. They are ready to plant! And we just received a big delivery of roses in quart-size (4”) pots – many of these are unusual varieties that we can only get in this size. And we will receive a large delivery of roses in 1-gallon pots later this week!
PERENNIALS: More than 50 new varieties this year! We have beautiful plants that succeed in Colorado conditions, from Cacti to Clematis. We grow many ourselves, from seeds and cuttings, and bring in excellent plants from local specialty growers.
Our Seed Potatoes, Onion and Leek Plants and Asparagus Crowns can all be planted NOW. Potatoes: Mountain Rose (red), Bintje (yellow), Purple Majesty (purple). Onions: Copra, Patterson, Red Zeppelin, Ailsa Craig, Red Marble, Purplette, Rossa Lunga di Tropea, Red Bottle, King Richard leek, Bleu de Solaize leek, and more! And Purple Passion and Jersey Giant Asparagus crowns.
TOMATOES are here! Right now we have starts for a couple dozen varieties of superb tomatoes, and more are coming ready every day. This year we are offering 60+ varieties, all organically grown! See our website for our complete list. Set up your Solar Caps now, and plant under them when they have warmed the soil (after about 5 days).
PEPPERS & EGGPLANTS are coming in – we have several varieties of both hot and sweet peppers, and Rosa Bianca eggplants ready now. By the week of May 13 we will have about 50 kinds of peppers and eggplants to choose from. Pepper, Eggplants and Tomatoes need very warm conditions – warm soil and warm air. Peppers and eggplants can also be started early in Solar Caps. Remove the Solar Caps when the weather is reliably very warm and the plants have emerged from the Solar Caps.
HERBS: Lots of our herbs are in! Most are hardy and are already acclimated to the great outdoors. We have some basil, and will have a lot more starting in a week or so. Basil should be kept inside until we are frost-free. They can be damaged at temperatures below 45 degrees.
SEEDS: Our Botanical Interests rack is well stocked with seeds for veggies, herbs and annuals. Now is a great time to sow carrots, parsnips, scallions, beets, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, cilantro, borage, and hardy annual flowers like cosmos.
ANNUALS: We’re growing all kinds of unusual and heirloom annuals to plant in the garden or in containers;many are hardy, many xeric and many provide goodpollinator support. A bunch are ready now and hardy enough to plant out now. You won’t find most of these beauties elsewhere. And we have brought in more beautiful Pansies and Violas in bloom!
FRUITS: We have fruit trees, berry bushes, and strawberry plants, with more coming as the spring progresses. Grape Vines will be coming in one or two weeks. We are waiting to avoid damage from cold spells. We’ll have 6 or 7 kinds of delicious, cold-hardy table grapes, and several varieties for wine.
UPCOMING CLASSES: please register in advance by calling 303-939-9403
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 and has decades of experience as one of Boulder’s first Permaculture designers; 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 part of 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.
Thank you so much for your support! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Mikl & Eve Brawner and the awesome staff at Harlequin’s Gardens