Greetings to our Friends and Fellow Gardeners!
We hope all of you enjoyed a meaningful and joyful Thanksgiving celebration, whether it involved great food, great friends, family, travel, lending a hand, or even just taking a lovely walk or hike on that perfect, archetypal autumn day.
Well, the good news is that we’ve had such lovely warm, dry weather this fall – perfect for planting bulbs, cleaning up the garden, preparing the soil for next year’s vegetable patch, and for hiking and biking in our beautiful parks and open spaces. The bad news is that we’ve had such lovely warm, dry weather this fall – little appreciable moisture for our forests, farmlands and gardens. And following such a hot, dry summer, too. Please don’t forget to give your shrubs and trees a monthly deep soaking this fall and winter, and be especially attentive to watering anything evergreen and almost anything newly planted. Evergreens don’t go dormant and require moisture year-round, especially if they are exposed to sun and wind. You can include in the Evergreen category plants like Candytuft, Sun Rose (Helianthemum), Daphne, the various ‘brooms’ (Genista, Cytisus), and Roses (the green canes are vulnerable to winter dessication). New plants won’t have had a chance yet to develop deep roots, so even if they are ‘drought-tolerant’ they may be dependent on you for water. Of course, if we are blessed with lots of big snowstorms this winter, you’re off the hook.
Now is a good time to scatter seeds of some of the annuals and biennials that do well in low-water gardens. Larkspur, California Poppy, Lauren’s Grape Poppy, Bachelor’s Buttons, Cosmos, Desert Bluebells, to name a few. The temperature and moisture fluctuations of winter will open up the soil surface, creating small crevices that will provide good conditions for the seeds to germinate in late winter and early spring.
Fall is usually a very busy season for us, with lots of behind-the-scenes activity, even after we close up shop at the end of October. But this year we’ve been at least twice as busy, getting ready to re-open for our Holiday Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December through 12/23, from 10 am to 4 pm!
We begin with our Holiday Open House on December 1st & 2nd. Live music both days!
- Saturday 11 am to 1 pm: Jonathan Sousa, guitar, banjo
- Saturday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Paul Vissvader, guitar
- Sunday 10:30 am to Noon: Margot Krimmel, harp
- Sunday 1:30 to 3:15: Adam Agee, Irish fiddle
You’ll be amazed at the transformation of our humble little store! Please use the following link to refer back to our last blog for the details:
PLEASE REMEMBER to bring CASH or CHECKS.
We DO NOT accept Credit or Debit cards.
Since our last blog, we have added more wonderful art, craft, personal care products, gourmet food and jewelry to our already large selection of choice holiday gifts. Here are a few of them:
Trementina Traditional Pinyon Salve
The Spanish word ‘trementina’ has come to be used as the name for the sap of the pinyon tree ofNew Mexico. Folk remedies made from this sap have been used for centuries to relieve skin abrasions and scrape, and for drawing out splinters. Made in New Mexico’s ‘curandera’ tradition by our friend Pamela, who climbed the pinyon trees to gather the sap, and infused it in olive oil and New Mexico beeswax to create this rare traditional salve. Each tin of salve comes in a lovely organza gift bag.
Eve has always been fascinated by the diverse and elegant architecture of plant forms, and especially of seed pods. The large collection of native and exotic seedpods she has amassed over the years inspired this series of garden sculptures. These are hand-built ceramic pieces, each one unique. Each ‘totem’ stack stands approximately 18” tall.
Our friends Thea and Lele are well known aroundBoulderand beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. We asked them to design and create some small candleholders with a bee motif, to fit the beautiful Niwot Honey Farm beeswax taper candles we carry. They were ready just in time for the opening weekend of our Holiday Market, and sold out before the weekend was over! So we never got a chance to take a photo for you, but we are sure you will want at least one! Thea and Lele are busy making a second batch for us, and we expect them either this weekend or next.
Rose Lotion, Spritzer, and Body Oil
These fine, hand-made natural herbal products are from our friends at Fox Ryde inLoveland. The blend of essential oils used in their lotion, oil and spritzer gives them the best rose fragrance we have found in any personal care products.
Made from copper reclaimed from old roofing, gutters, pipes and such, these beautiful, original pins and shawl-pins have a warm glow and beautiful patina, and feature design motifs from nature.
Sheron Roland of Fox Ryde is a multi-talented artisan. In addition to her body-care products and recycled copper jewelry, she also spins and dyes (with natural plant dyes) her own yarn, knits and felts. Some of her pieces are titled ‘Gardener’s Revenge’ because she made the dyes from the weeds in her own garden – Canada Thistle, Bindweed, etc.! Using wool and silk yarns, she makes fingerless gloves, wrist-warmers and shawls that are luxuriously soft and lovely.
We are pleased to offer one of Lynn Mattingly’s brilliant small quilts in shades of red, pink and orange. This is a one-of-a-kind art quilt, and would look stunning displayed on a wall, or draped over the back of a sofa. It is also conceived as whatLynncalls a ‘Woman Kind’ quilt – meant to be used to protect bed-linens during menstruation. Of course it is sturdy and machine-washable.Lynnlives and quilts in beautifulPaonia,CO.
We also have a small quilt wall-hanging from the American Folk-Art tradition, with a charming appliqué motif of cats and stars. It is signed by the artist, who has exhibited at theMuseumofAmerican Folk ArtinNew York City.
More Air Plants :
We sold out of Air Plants in no time, so we have re-ordered and are hoping to receive them in time for this weekend. Air Plants are so easy to care for, so sculptural and so affordable! Perfect for college students who can’t keep conventional house-plants alive.
Potted Rosemary & Succulents
We didn’t get a chance to bring out our potted Succulents last weekend – so if you’re looking for Aloe or other handsome, easy-care, low-water houseplants, we’ve got them.
Fresh Organic Basil
We are cutting a few bunches of organic Genovese basil from our greenhouse every weekend so you can bring back the taste of summer in your salads, pasta and sauces. We may also have a little Tulsi (Holy) basil to offer as well.
We have the seeds, pots, trays, dome-tops and premium organic seed-starting soil mix you’ll need for starting perennials and early vegetables. The seeds of many perennials germinate best after exposure to cold winter temperatures. And vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and mustards do best when started indoors and transplanted out when they are several inches tall in March or early April. We know many gardeners who have their best success with peas started early indoors and transplanted. Ask us for advice on getting a head-start on your 2013 garden.
Anyone with cold feet (literally, not metaphorically) and a microwave oven will appreciate these basmati rice-filled foot-warmers. Heated in the microwave to the desired temperature and placed between the sheets, they’ll keep your feet warm for hours – they retain heat much longer than a hot water bottle. And they smell good, and they’re pretty, too. They are also great for applying to body pains that respond to heat, like sore low-back, neck or shoulders. A limited number of these are available, (including a few for kids) hand-made by Eve Brawner in her not-so-spare time.
We’ve known our friend Cheryl for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). We recently discovered that she is also a multi-talented craftswoman, and she is sharing some of her delightful creations with us for our Holiday Market. Her whimsical ornaments are original designs, meticulously hand-dyed, painted and beaded, sewn and stuffed.
Cheryl also makes felted Acorn Earrings, made with real acorn caps. And she makes the most charming Flower Earrings, too. Most of the earrings are made with hypo-allergenic ear wires.
We are very happy to be featuring ‘Beads for Peace’ necklaces and bracelets made by village women in Kenya who are living with HIV /AIDS. Through this great project of International Peace Initiatives (IPI), the proceeds from the sale of these exuberant pieces supports these women and also supports amazing projects in their community, including a home for village children orphaned by AIDS which allows them to remain in their community, receive schooling, grow their own food, and more.
Definitely not your ordinary, everyday Balsamic Vinegar! Inspired by the very costly Italian Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Balsamic Nectar is thick-textured, sweet, and richly complex-flavored, but is available for a fraction of the price. We were introduced to this culinary luxury when our friend Kerry’s family hosted a student from Modena, Italy for a summer. This young woman brought them a small bottle of her family’s treasured Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, aged for decades. She introduced us to the unexpected pleasures of vinegar for dessert! Drizzled sparingly on vanilla ice cream – divine! And a drop of the dark ambrosia on a shaving of a fine Parmesan cheese – amazing! It also makes a fabulous glaze for roasted or grilled vegetables, meat, poultry or fish. Kerry has now developed a technique for accelerating the aging process of genuine, top-grade Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (no chemicals or anything scary involved) that takes only a couple of months, instead of decades. And Balsamic Nectar is made in Boulder!
Also: Candleholders, Ceramic Garden Sculptures, Trementina traditional New Mexico hand-balm, and ???? Come and have a look!
We wish you all a very happy Winter Solstice and Holiday Season, with lots of precipitation! And we look forward to seeing you soon!
Mikl & Eve Brawner and the staff at Harlequin’s Gardens