A Riverside Cemetery Stroll at Sunset & Melancholy Musings on All Hallow’s Eve

October 31st, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Riverside Cemetery  - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comAll Hallow’s Eve Sweeps in with a Chill, Beneath the Stained Glass Canopy of Autumn (Acer palmatum at Riverside Cemetery, Massachusetts, established 1714)

In the late days of October and early November —as fog sweeps across the fields and chilly frost settles in the valleys— melancholy thoughts begin to stir. Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but its beauty is owed, at least in part, to a certain sadness. This is a season of endings; of lengthening shadows, falling leaves, frost-blackened seedpods and departing songbirds. New England’s distinct and dramatic seasonal shifts have always invited poetic musings. In the garden, we celebrate these annual changes; understanding that however somber, there is beauty in endings as well as beginnings. With low, slanting light filtering through a canopy of brilliant fall foliage —red, orange and gold playing against slate grey tombstones— cemeteries in the Northeast are particularly beautiful places for contemplative, autumn strolls.

In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, a sunset stroll through Riverside Cemetery . . .

Sunlight, Riverside Cemetery, October, 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Backlit Tombstones - Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland, MA, October 2013 - michaela medina harlow

Last Light - Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland, MA. October, 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Sunset at Riverside Cemetery - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Riverside Cemetery - Sunlit Canopy - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Riverside Cemetery at Sunset - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Riverside Cemetery - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Beneath Autumn's Canopy - Riverside Cemetery - Sunderland, MA 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

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Nice Mr. Gnome... Stay Right There... ⓒ Michaela at TGEWhen Darkness Falls: Revenge of Wolfie, the Garden Gnome 

Ravens ⓒ 2012 michaela medina - thegardenerseden.comDarkness Falls Across the Land

Corn Tassles 2010.10.20.12.17.09.corn maze.harlow.5166He Who Walks Behind the Rows, with Photographer Tim Geiss

Photography & Text, Main Story: ⓒ Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. Other Images as Noted and Linked. All photographs, artwork, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of Michaela Medina Harlow and/or The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without asking first. Thank you! 

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Through Autumn’s Golden Mist . . .

October 30th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Through Golden Mist - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Wild Wonders, Through the Golden Mist of Autumn

For all the beautiful, ornate gardens I’ve visited —filled with the finest follies, walls, arches, topiaries and hedges— my greatest inspiration remains Mother Nature and her wild wonder; seen here through Autumn’s golden mist . . .

Through Golden Mist ll - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Autumn’s Antique, Tea-Stained Lace Bathed in Morning Light, Like Milk & Honey

Through Golden Mist lll - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Slipping Through a Flickering Arch, Into the Misty Hollow

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Sunday Musings on Art & Garden Design

October 20th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Golden October Halesia Leaves - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comGolden Silverbell Leaves (Halesia tetraptera) on the Sunlit Terrace

It’s Sunday, and after a several weeks of intense fall planting —and many more to go— I decided to give my hard-working muscles a day off. I spent a quiet morning and luxurious, early afternoon sipping coffee, enjoying a home-cooked breakfast and musing on the relationship between art and garden design. I’ve been thinking about this subject a great deal lately, because as both garden designer and professional artist, I often find myself struggling to find balance and separation between the two worlds.

Rudbeckia fulgida, Amsonia illustris, Physocarpus opulifolius and Other Autumn Favorites in the Entry Garden - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Texture and Color Play are Great Ways to Extend Season-Spanning Interest in Perennial Gardens. As a Painter, I Love how the Chocolatey Pom-Pom Remnants of Rudbeckia fulgida, Echo the Dark Mystery of Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Summer Wine’, and how the Feathery, Citrus-Hued Foliage of Amsonia illustris Brings out the Purplish Cast in Both Plants

Those of you who know me personally, and some long-time followers of this journal, are aware that in addition to my work in landscape and garden design, I am a painter. During the growing season —late April through mid November here in New England— I spend the vast majority of my days designing and planting gardens. Come winter, I switch aprons and move back into my art studio full time. I have been exhibiting and selling my drawings and paintings for near twenty years, but it has taken me awhile to feel comfortable linking the two careers online. These creative passions are constantly informing one another, of course, and suddenly, I feel an irrepressible urge to unite and present them as one.

Blackhaw Viburnum and King Cycas in the Turquoise Pot - October - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) Leaves Catch the Morning Light at the Edge of the Steel Balcony. A Potted King Sago (Cycas revoluta), Basks in a Turquoise Pot, Just Beyond

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' and Halesia tetraptera in October Sunlight - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Along the Studio Walk, Hydrangea paniculata, Acer palmatum and Halesia tetraptera Share a Moment of Brilliant October Sunlight

Viburnum trilobum, Miscanthus sinensis and Lindera benzoin in the Front Entrance Garden - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Fall Colors and Textures in the Studio Entry Garden: Miscanthus sinensis, Viburnum trilobum, Lindera benzoin, Rudbeckia hirta Remnants and a Carpet-Edge of Sedum ‘Angelina’

Over the coming weeks, you will begin to see a blending and merging of my professional worlds. Not surprisingly, my paintings —like my photographs— are inspired by the landscape, natural elements and botanical world. A lifetime spent studying, sketching, drawing and painting the lines, shapes, textures and colors of the landscape has directly influenced the way in which I design and select individual plants for gardens. I’ll be creating a separate page for my artwork on the left sidebar —with links to my other website— to connect these two parts of myself.  And in addition to regular inclusion of my photography (which is a very new form of artistic expression for me), I’ll be sharing more landscape sketches and drawings, as well as studio paintings, here. I hope you will enjoy the addition of more artwork to this site.

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' with Euphorbia polychroma and Rudbeckia hirta - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’, Euphorbia polychroma and Rudbeckia hirta in the Front Entry Garden

Garden photos above were all taken with iPhone 4.

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Hunter Moon & Butterscotch Beech

October 18th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Full Hunter Moon - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Full, Hunter Moon, Rising Through Butterscotch-Hued Beech Leaves

Busy with end-of-season garden design work and autumn planting, I’ve had little time this month to write or update the site with photos. Hopefully, I’ll have a few moments to play catch up and share some ongoing projects and autumn scenes over the weekend.

And having lost all track of the celestial calendar, I was taken by surprise tonight —as if channeled straight from a forest fairytale—  when I caught the full, Hunter Moon rising through the butterscotch-hued leaves of October. What a beautiful sight. I hope you are enjoying the beauty and warmth of these sweet autumn evenings . . .

Hunter Moon 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com A Beautiful, October Moonrise in Vermont

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Above the New England Landscape: October’s Kaleidoscopic Splendor . . .

October 6th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

Aerial View of Autumn Above Lake Whitingham, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Above Lake Whitingham, Wilmington, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

It goes without saying that autumn in New England is simply beautiful. But this year —perhaps because of the abundant rainfall or lack of high winds or delayed frost— is one of the most spectacular foliage seasons that I can remember. The blazing scarlet and brilliant orange maples, clear-gold birch and poplar, and technicolor ash trees are absolutely amazing in Southern Vermont and Northwestern Massachusetts this fall. My autumn planting schedule has been truly wild, but I promised myself some time in the air and I got it this past week. Clear, blue skies and peak autumn hues made for a stunning hour-long flight above the valley. Here’s a bit of what I saw, and couldn’t help but share: October in New England, from inside the sky . . .

Punctuated Autumn Landscape - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comPunctuated Autumn Landscape, Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Pumpkin Harvest - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Pumpkin Harvest, Deerfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Heart of the Field - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Heart of the Field, Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Keyhole Swamp, Vernon, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Keyhole Swamp, Vernon, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Golden River Bank - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Golden River Bank, Northfield, Massachusetts  Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Color Bands, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Autumn Color Bands, Above Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Colorbands ll, Above Guilford, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Autumn Color Bands II, Above Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Color and Farm Fields, Above Deerfield, Massachusetts - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Streaked Fields, Deerfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Tractor and Autumn Fields, Above Massachusetts - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Autumn Above the Fields, Northfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

October Blue, Newfane, Vermont - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com October’s Inky Blue Heart, Newfane, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

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Hello, October . . .

October 2nd, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Raydon's Favorite Aster with Amsonia and Flame Grass - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comAster oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’

Speckless, blue skies, fiery foliage, brilliant light, colorful gourds and pumpkins, musky woodland walks, sparkling frosts, moody fog banks, starry nights, wood smoke and hot, mulled apple cider; hello October. Your beauty is simply beyond compare . . .

Tea Viburnum fruits (Viburnum setigerum) with Maiden Grass Tassels (Miscanthus sinensis) - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Tea Viburnum Fruits Shimmer and Shine, Brilliant Orange Against the Buff Tassels of Maiden Grass (Viburnum setigerum & Miscanthus sinensis in October Light)

Miscanthus sinensis in October Light - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Maiden Grass Tassels Catch the Low Light of Autumn (Miscanthus sinensis )

Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry Viburnum) and Lophocampa caryae (Hickory Tussock Moth) - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comNannyberry Viburnum (V. lentago) and Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae) 

Golden Amsonia hubrichtii & Blackened Seedpods of Rudbeckia hirta - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Amsonia hubrichtii and Rudbeckia hirta 

David Austin Rosa 'Bibi Maizoon' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Roses of Autumn: David Austin Rosa ‘Bibi Maizoon’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Tasseled Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Let the Big Razzle Dazzle Begin!

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