Good Day, Sunshine . . .

February 23rd, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

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It’s that time of year again …Time to begin preparing for the rush of springtime. And although it’s a wee bit early to start vegetables —at least here in chilly Vermont, where 3′ of snow cover the ground— I am already dreaming and planning for the year ahead.

Scrubbing your pots and trays? Pouring over garden books and shopping catalogs for seed starting supplies? Looking for a little inspiration or review? Travel back to this seed-starting primer/review post and get ready for your best garden yet!

garden_dreaming_and_planning_copyright_michaela_harlow_thegardenerseden.com A favorite spot and pastime: garden dreams upon a winter’s day

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A Little Romance . . .

February 14th, 2014 § Comments Off on A Little Romance . . . § permalink

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It’s Valentine’s Day & time for a little romance  . . .

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Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. 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 permission. Thank you!

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Of Icy Pink Winter Mornings . . .

February 13th, 2014 § Comments Off on Of Icy Pink Winter Mornings . . . § permalink

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In celebration of icy-pink winter mornings . . .

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Enchanted . . .

February 12th, 2014 § 6 comments § permalink

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In the early weeks of February —as skies begin to blush earlier each morning and light lingers longer in evening— winter takes on a certain softness. Traces of pink, peach, lavender and rose paint the horizon at dawn, and whispers of powder-grey fog stir the valley’s hush. Overnight snowfalls dust the forest with a fresh a coat of sparkling white, creating a magical scene by daybreak. Enchanted.

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For the Love of Miniature Roses . . .

February 6th, 2014 § 3 comments § permalink

Miniature_Roses_copyright_2014_michaelamedinaharlow:thegardenerseden.com Fragrant, Gold Roses on a Cold Winter’s Day (Rosa chinensis hybrid)

Although I am very fond of winter, at this time of year, I confess that my indoor garden is a great source of pleasure. There’s something undeniably delicious about waking up to the sweet scent of roses on a cold morning. Buying fresh flowers is part of my winter shopping routine, but I rarely purchase cut roses. Instead, I opt for miniature rose plants, which are usually much less expensive (less than ten dollars this week at my local florist), and when properly cared for, much longer lasting. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, they make a beautiful, living gift! In spring, after the last frost, these cold-hardy beauties can be moved outdoors, where they will thrive for many years (protect with a mulch mound at root zone, as you would other hardy roses, in winter).

A few simple tips for success growing miniature rose plants indoors . . .

1) Provide bright, direct sunlight (near a south or southwest facing window).

2) Ensure even indoor temps from 55-75°F/16-24°C.

3) Water regularly, but avoid soggy soil. Allow planting mixture to dry out a bit at the surface, between waterings. I like to grow roses in double pots or in gravel-line trays to keep the root-zone properly drained.

4) Fertilize monthly with a balanced product, rich in micronutrients.

5) Deadhead spent blossoms and cut plants back after the first flush of bloom is complete (usually 1-2 months after they begin blooming)

6) Repot or move outdoors as soon as possible. When transplanting, any good, well-drained garden soil or quality potting mix will suffice. In the garden, a 2″ top dressing of well-rotted manure/compost serves as both mulch and fertilizer. During the growing season, once-per-month application of Rose Tone or similar, organic product provides a steady wave of bloom.

7) Plants can be container-grown outdoors (be sure to re-pot and separate plants if necessary), however in cold climates, it’s best to overwinter pot-grown roses in a garage or cellar to provide a period of dormancy without freezing the root-zone.

8) If insect pests or spider mites become a problem, spray leaves (including undersides), with an organic, insecticidal soap containing neem oil. Repeat at 10 day intervals until the infestation has cleared. Spider mites are a common problem with roses. Prune away damaged/infested parts of the plant when possible. Because spider mites thrive in hot, dry conditions, I like to raise humidity by misting the plants or using a warm-water room humidifier.

For more houseplant tips & ideas, visit the Indoor Eden page by clicking here!

Need help selecting a miniature rose for a special Valentine? There are hundreds and hundreds of varieties of miniature roses. Visit the American Rose Society Website, here!

Minature_Roses_on_the_dressing_table_copyright_michaela_harlow_thegardenerseden.com Miniature Roses on My Dressing Table – Permission is Granted to Move Your Roses Around Daily, as Suits Your Nose!

Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. 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 permission. Thank you!

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Hello February . . .

February 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on Hello February . . . § permalink

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Hello, friends. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I missed you and I hope you’ve been well. I decided to take a brief sabbatical from blogging during the month of January, in order to focus my attention on painting. Well, the days spilled into weeks, and before I knew it, an entire month had passed. Here we are, in February.

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Although it’s still winter, there’s something about the increasing light that makes this month a bit less brutal in the northern climes. The weather has been very cold this year, but the atmospheric conditions have made for some spectacular winter walks. How have you been? Do you embrace the season and get outside on snowshoes, skates or skis to enjoy the sparkling, snow-covered landscape, or do you prefer to curl up inside with hot chocolate, seed catalogs and gardening books?

I’ll be here a bit more this month; sharing images from around the garden, forest and beyond. Thanks for stopping by!

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Photography & Text ⓒ  Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. 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 permission. Thank you!

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