Setting the Table & Giving Thanks . . .

November 28th, 2013 § Comments Off on Setting the Table & Giving Thanks . . . § permalink

Pink Winter Sunrise on the Terrace - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comA Graceful Setting, in Hazy-Pink Light 

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, abundance, grace and beauty.

Pink Haze - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Blushing Beauty of Wintry Skies

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November Light, A Dusting of Snow & The Beauty of Late Autumn Hues . . .

November 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on November Light, A Dusting of Snow & The Beauty of Late Autumn Hues . . . § permalink

Winterberry in the Entry (Ilex verticillata) - copyright michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Gathered from the Garden: Winterberry Branches by the Armful

Late autumn and early winter are like two jealous siblings, pushing and pulling for our attention on Mother Nature’s beautiful playground. One day, autumn will win out; all golden light and tawny strands, running wild in the wind. And the next, winter pushes her back and takes over; frost, fog and flurries blurring the landscape like a pastel painting. Of course, I can’t help but love them both, and I delight in their back-and-forth as the days grow colder and shorter now, so late in the year.

My garden installation work winding down, I’m settling back into the studio as the snow begins to fly. As always, I seek inspiration in the natural landscape; drawing upon the beauty of stark lines and late autumn hues, low light and softening snow squalls. On long walks through the garden, forest and surrounding landscape, I gather as many winterberry branches, hemlock boughs, pinecones and tufts of maiden grass as my arms can carry.

It’s time to begin decking the halls & for seasonal celebrations to begin.

winterberry (ilex verticillata) michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Wild Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) Dot the Swampy Shore

Dream a Little Dream - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Dried Asters Shimmer, Backlit Blond in the Meadow

Red Berries and November Sky (Viburnum setigerum) copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Tea Viburnum Fruits (V. setigerum), Brilliant Scarlet in a Tawny Landscape

Sunlit Asters - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Sunlight Dances Upon the Faded Grandeur of Autumn’s Finery 

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com

Snow-Dusted Hydrangea Blossoms - copyright michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Beauty Everlasting: Snow-Dusted Hydrangea Blossoms, Still Hold a Beautiful Bronze Hue

Snow-Dusted Winterberry - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comBunches and Bunches of Bright Red Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) Brighten a Wintry Autumn Day

empty garden chair - copyright michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comThe Empty Garden’s Haunting Beauty (Rudbeckia hirta, Miscanthus sinensis & Companions)

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Aerial Landscape Prints Now Available

November 20th, 2013 § Comments Off on Aerial Landscape Prints Now Available § permalink

Connecticut River, Autumn - copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Connecticut River, Early Autumn 

I am now offering select, archival-quality prints, suitable for framing, from my recent October Kaleidoscope aerial series (click here), and the Days of Late Summer aerial series (click here), available for purchase online. Print prices vary by size (8″ x 12″ on up to 16″ x 24″), starting at $55 (shipping is included, within the continental U.S.). Not all photographs are currently available in all sizes, but more images, sizes and options are coming!

Soon, I will have a page at left dedicated to print orders (both photographs and artwork), but for now, if you are interested in purchasing a print, please send me an email here, and I will take your order personally. All major forms of payment are accepted via Paypal. Please allow two to three weeks for printing and shipping of special orders.

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Dusky Pink Twilight & Golden Moonrise

November 16th, 2013 § Comments Off on Dusky Pink Twilight & Golden Moonrise § permalink

November's Full Beaver Moon - copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com November’s Full Beaver Moon Rises Through Tangled Beech Branches 

Late autumn is often a spectacular season for sky watching, and this year did not disappoint. How fortunate to have cloudless skies for both October and November’s full moonrise. With milder temperatures returning to New England this week, I spent Saturday outside, wandering about my garden in short shirtsleeves. Looks like autumn has extended us yet another reprieve before the cold months of winter settle in. Migratory birds continue to pass through my woodland, gathering sustenance from nuts, seeds and berries, before heading south on their seasonal trek.

In anticipation of November’s full, Beaver Moon (also called the Frosty Moon), I set my table for dinner out on the stone terrace this evening, and watched as the sky grew dusky pink. With twilight settling in the forest, Barred Owls began to cackle and Eastern Coyotes struck up their evening song. And then, glimmering gold beyond bare beech branches, the beautiful, full moon rose. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, throughout much of New England, but if skies are clear where you are, the moon will appear full again on Sunday, November 17th. Learn more about how the full moons came to be known by such interesting names by visiting this great article on Space.com.

Departures - copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com A Flock of Grackles Takes Noisy Flight at First Light After Feasting Upon a Breakfast of Beechnuts in the Forest. Read More About the Grackle and Listen to the Sound of a Flock, Here at Cornell’s All About Birds

Autumn Moonlight Through the Bare Branched Forest - copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com November’s Dramatic, Month-Long Celestial Show has been Spectacular this Year. 

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Upon a Winter-Kissed, Autumn Day: Magical, First Snowfall in the Garden . . .

November 9th, 2013 § Comments Off on Upon a Winter-Kissed, Autumn Day: Magical, First Snowfall in the Garden . . . § permalink

Secret Garden, First Snowfall - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com A Snow-Kissed, November Morning Surprise in the Secret Garden

November is an unpredictable month; nebulous skies shifting with blue-grey mystery. One moment the forest is flooded with warm light and the next, swept up in a chill. The first snow fell here yesterday —dusting the garden in a pretty swirl of lacy white — and the balmy days of October are but a beautiful, fading memory.

Helleborus x hybridus and Hakonechloa macra in the Secret Garden - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Frosted, Starry Helleborus x hybridus Leaves & Winter Blond Hakonechloa macra in the Secret Garden

I’ve a few more garden chores to finish up this month, but with few exceptions, cutting back perennials is not on my list. No, there’s too much charm to be found in a candle-lit, winter garden to let a case of über-tidiness ruin the show. After freezing fog and icy mist settle on a cold autumn night, a morning walk through the crystalline borders is pure, diamond-dust-delight. I prefer to enjoy the frozen blowziness of tufts, tassels and wayward strands throughout the winter, and so, set the shears aside ’till early spring . . .

Snow-Dusted Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Evocative of Fine Venetian Lace, the Garden’s Delicate Textures, Traced in Snow White 

Secret Garden Steps with Snow - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Secret Garden Steps, Dotted with Minty Green and Chocolate Brown, then Sprinkled in Confectioner’s Sugar

Autumn Leaves and Snow - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Swirling Sangria-Hued Leaves Mix with White, Wind-Driven Snow in the Garden (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’, Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’)

November Snow Squall in the Garden - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Mixed Border —Packed with Fruiting Shrubs, Still-Standing Perennials and Ornamental Grasses— Whips About Wildly in the November Wind. Why Surrender the Beauty too Soon? Set Aside the Shears and Sit Back with a Warm Cup of Mulled Cider.

Tea Viburnum Fruits (Viburnum setigerum) with Snow - michaela medina harlowTea Viburnum Fruits Swing, Radiant as Ruby Chandeliers from Snow-Dusted Branches (Viburnum setigerum)

Siberian Cypress -Microbiota decussata with snow -michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Siberian Cypress (Microbiota decussata) and Wooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) on the North Ridge Path

Flame Grass - Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens with snow in November - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Bittersweet Strands of White-Tufted Flame Grass Dance Agains the Blue-Green Curtain of Conifers (Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens)

Birch Trees in Snow Squall - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Pretty, White, Vertical Lines of Paper Birch Carry the Eye Up and Onward, Through the Snow-Swirled Rusty-Grey Hills

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Burnished Bronze & Jewel Tones: November Light in the Garden . . .

November 7th, 2013 § Comments Off on Burnished Bronze & Jewel Tones: November Light in the Garden . . . § permalink

Secret Garden in Late October - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Stepping into Late Autumn, Through the Secret Garden Door

Jack Frost arrived a bit late to the garden this year, and so far, he’s breezed through only lightly. Though the calendar says it’s November, Black-eyed Susan and her pretty, pink Wind-Flower companions have thus far eluded his fatal kiss. The maples have all shed their leaves, but oak, beech and poplar trees continue to add confetti dots of color to the hills. Here in the garden, the ornamental grasses reign supreme, but Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa) and Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum), as well as many Viburnum, Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), Witch Alder (Fothergilla), and other species hold tight to pretty red-orange foliage and brightly colored berries. Still, I remind myself daily to savor this last great wave of color. Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder. Soon the garden and surrounding forest will stand naked, shivering in white, winter bones.

Before the November Wind - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com  A Garden Trio of Cranberrybush Viburnum, Maiden Grass and Limelight Hydrangea Vie with Blushing Sunset for an Autumn Evening Spotlight

Miscanthus sinensis in the Entry Garden - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comJPG And Rounding the Corner on the Opposite Side, Creeping Blue-Rug Juinper (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’), Striped Eulalia Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’) and Variegated Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana ‘Variegatus’), Add Complimentary Color and Textural Contrast to the Fiery Hues

Switch Grass Turns Gold (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Autumnal Gold of Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’) Plays Pretty Against the Maroon Backdrop of Diablo Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’)

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' with Rudbeckia hirta and Amsonia hubrichtii - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’) and Hubricht’s Amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii) Shine Bright as the Sun’s Afterglow 

Callicarpa-dichotoma-with-Cotinus-coggygria-and-Miscanthus Early Amethyst Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’) with Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) and Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), in the Entry Garden Walk

Moody Morning in the Autumn Garden Miscanthus sinensis cultivars - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Striped Eulalia Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’) with Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens) on a Dramatic, November Day

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' in autumn - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) Tufts Lend an Air of Soft Warmth to a Cold, Autumn Day 

Secret Garden Door and Water Bowl in November (Acer palmatum x dissectum 'Seiryu')- michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Blue-Green Dragon (Acer palmatum x dissectum ‘Seiryu’) Breathes Fire at the Secret Garden Door on a November Day

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Bittersweet Orange & Luminous Grey, November Slips in Soft & Dreamy . . .

November 1st, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

November First - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.comRain & Fog Softly Slip the Forest into November

A stormy All Hallow’s Eve gave way to a soft, dove-grey dawn; bare treetops shrouded in luminous mist and wet roads strewn with bittersweet leaves. Lost in the sheer delight of driving foggy backroads home to my Vermont studio, I had to stop here and there just to breathe in the scent of autumn musk and listen to raindrops as they fell through November’s sweet, first morning stillness . . .

November First, WoodsRoad - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Dove Grey Voile Drapes Above the Forest’s Bittersweet Carpet

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