Two quotations greet me every morning, posted on our bathroom mirror: “Tell me. What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” (poet Mary Oliver) and “I wake up each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it very hard to plan the day.” (author/editor E. B. White). The first inspires me to define my priorities, while the second, which perfectly describes my daily dilemma, allows me a little slack and sense of humor in the midst of my personal chaos and the chaos of life on Earth in this time. Perhaps you can take some inspiration and comfort from them, too.
My favorite thing about winter is that right from its outset, the daylight hours begin to increase. This forward movement helps propel my excitement about the coming growing season and the fruits of our labors. We have collected and purchased many thousands of seeds, cleaned and prepared them for germination, and still have thousands more to go. I don’t like to count my seedlings before they hatch, so I can’t tell you their names yet, but I can say that I’m particularly excited this year to introduce many (I hope!) new and special local and Colorado-adapted regional native perennials that you won’t find elsewhere.
Of course, we are also growing an enormous cornucopia of vegetable, herb and fruiting plants, including lots of returning tried-and-true favorites plus some interesting new and worthy varieties. Our selection of perennials, annuals, shrubs, vines, grasses and trees will be awesome.
When we open for the 2023 season on March 3rd, we will be offering the best soil products for preparing and maintaining your regenerative, pollinator-safe, healthy, bountiful garden. Our highly knowledgeable and helpful staff will be happy to help you make the right choices. And along with our products, we’ll have a line-up of highly informative, empowering classes that will give you the What, Why, How and When of gardening skills. We’ll be posting our full list of classes soon, and registration will open in late January.
You may also be interested in attending the Colorado Native Plant Society’s virtual conference on Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants on Saturday February 25th. Harlequin’s Gardens founder/co-owner Mikl Brawner will be giving a talk, ‘Grow More Native Trees’ for the conference from 1:20 to 2:20pm. Sign up here.
Yours in support of abundant Life,