Pink Moonrise & Twilight Peeper Song: Oh Spring, You Give Me Fever . . .

April 14th, 2014 § 2

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset April’s Pink Moon will be Full on Tuesday the 15th at 3;42am ET. But at 98%, the Waxing Gibbous Beauty Looked Full to the Naked Eye as She Rose Between the Ghostly Paper Birch on My Southern Vermont Hilltop Last Night

I have been a bit under-the-weather this past week, with a health issue draining my usually-boundless energy. But last night I rallied a bit in the evening, lingering long in the warm, April twilight out on my terrace. Serenaded by a chorus of spring peepers, I watched as the waxing gibbous moon rose through blue mist and ghost-white paper birches. So beautiful.

The Pink Moon will be 100% full on Tuesday, the 15th at 3:42am ET, but at 99%, it will appear completely illuminated to the naked eye as it rises both this evening, (April 14th, at 7:07pm ET), and tomorrow night as well.  The Pink Moon takes its name from wild ground phlox, which blooms at this time of year. I confess a special love for the first full moon of spring. Songbirds are calling out claims of nesting territory, bees are buzzing hungrily out of their hives, and flowers are bursting to blossom. Spring is here and it always seems to give us a crazy kind of fever! Have you caught it?

Viburnum_x_bodnantense_'Dawn'_copyright_2014_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerdeden.com_all_rights_reservedAt long last, the first petals of my Dawn Viburnum have begun to unfold, and their spicy-sweet fragrance fills the air. Spring has been so slow in coming this year, that every little change seems especially delightful. Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, the essence of springtime

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Embracing April’s Coquettish Charm . . .

April 1st, 2014 § 1

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Hello April, you little flirt. Seems you have put aside the foolishness for now and you’re greeting us with warmth and sunshine. Yes, this week it’s all charm, charm, charm —and oh how we love you for it. Oh, we are easily lulled into thinking that this affection will go on forever. And then, as soon as we are hooked, you’ll turn on the cold shower. Brrrrrr…

pussywillow_michaela_medina_harlow The Softness of April Showers and Silvery Tips on Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

Mmm Hmm. Tease that you are, dear April, we know that your cold shoulder will be coming. But we’re letting you take us for a ride anyway. We can’t help it. Spring flings with you are always such a thrill . . .

Erica-carnea-Spring-Heath-ⓒ-michaela-medina-thegardenerseden Love on the Rocks: Spring Heath on the Ledges (Erica carnea)

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New for Spring: Gardening Seminars Sponsored by Walker Farm in Vermont

March 26th, 2014 § 0

Spring Garden Design, copyright, michaela m harlow, thegardenerseden.com, all rights reservedSpringtime, Garden Dreaming: Garden Design by Michaela Harlow, Stonework by Dan Snow

It’s been a maddeningly cold and dreary late March here in New England, and like many green-thumbs, I am beginning to feel more than a touch of cabin fever. I want to get out and get going in my garden! But with wintry temperatures and heavy snow-cover, I find myself searching elsewhere for springtime inspiration.

Walker Farm Greenhouse Image 2, michaela harlow - thegardenerseden.com Sweet, Springtime Inspiration for this Year’s Garden Designs in the Greenhouses at Walker Farm in Dummerston Vermont

One of the highlights of March’s calendar is my annual visit to beautiful Walker Farm in nearby Dummerston, Vermont to help plan their springtime gardening seminar schedule (see listing of this year’s events below). And as usual, after we settled upon our dates and topics, Karen Manix took me on a delightful walking tour of the farm’s gloriously verdant greenhouses; currently filled to bursting with the promise of a new season ahead. My winter-weary eyes lit up at the sight of perky pansies, exotic tropicals, jewel-like succulents and the latest in annual delights for this season’s artful container and bedding combinations. What a great a great antidote to late winter’s dirty snowbanks and grit-coated walkways! Got a case of the mud-season blahs? Come join us for some springtime inspiration, laughs and professional horticultural and garden design tips. This year’s offerings include something for every gardener; from the vegetable grower to budding orchardist, to the perennial design enthusiast and container gardening connoisseur.

Heirloom_Apple_Blossoms_in_the_Orchard_at_Scott_Farm_smallJPEG_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden Select, Plant and Grow a Backyard Orchard All Your Own with Help from Scott Farm’s Orchardist and Manager, Zeke Goodband. See Seminar Schedule Below for Details

waterbowl in the secret garden, copyright michaela harlow - thegardenerseden.com Learn to Design and Maintain Beautiful Perennial Gardens, Or How to Use and Place Your Containers in Creative Ways, See My List of Design and Maintenance Offerings Below

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Spring 2014 Workshop / Seminar Schedule:

Free Spring Garden Seminars at Walker Farm, Dummerston, Vermont

These are popular weekend events & space is limited to 30 people per seminar. Please call or email Walker Farm to reserve your seat in advance

April 12th, 2014 – 10am 

“Spring Forward: Get Your Mixed Border in Tip-Top Shape with Professional Pruning & Perennial Maintenance Tips”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

April 19th, 2014 – 10am  

“Building a Better Vegetable Garden from the Ground Up”

 Jack Manix, Organic Farmer and Owner of Walker Farm

April 26, 2013 – 10am 

“Do-It-Yourself Garden Design for Non-Stop Color”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

May 3rd - 10am 

“Fruit Trees: Selecting, Growing and Pruning Varieties for a Home Orchard”

Ezekiel Goodband, Orchardist and Manager of Scott Farm

May 10th – 10am 

“Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries, Oh My: Creating and Maintaining the Berry Patch of Your Dreams”

Jack Manix, Organic Farmer and Owner of Walker Farm & Ezekiel Goodband, Orchardist and Manager of Scott Farm

May 17th, 2013 – 10am 

“Pots in the Garden: Designing, Planting and Placing Seasonal Containers in the Garden”

Garden Designer Michaela Harlow

succulent pot, michaela at thegardenerseden.com Succulent Containers are a Low-Water, Low-Maintenance, High-Impact Choice for Busy Gardeners

succulents at walker farm, thegardenerseden.comAnd Walker Farm’s Selection of Unusual Succulents is the Best in I’ve Seen in New England

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Planning, Scheming & Garden Dreaming: While We Wait for the Thaw . . .

March 22nd, 2014 § 3

Calla Lilies, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.comCalla Lilies Blush on the First Morning of Spring

Spring may have officially arrived, but Winter isn’t giving up so quickly. Snow squalls wrapped my hilltop in a swirling, downy-white blanket this morning and wind whipped my clanking compost bin down the walk. Oh White Witch, won’t you loosen your chilly grip and leave us to the thaw? We’ve piles of snow yet to melt before we can begin our work.

The winter-weary squirrels and discouraged songbirds huddle beneath conifers, and meanwhile, beside the fire, we wrap ourselves in fluffy chartreuse blankets and dream of grassy lawns and sunny gardening days to come. New garden seminars are being planned for this spring at Walker Farm, and I’ve been busy flipping through catalogues and garden supply websites; all the while dreaming and scheming . . .

Garden Dreaming, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.com Curled Up on Quiet Weekends with Gardening Catalogues and Books

 Luminous Lilies Brighten March’s Moody Gloom

Inspiration, copyright 2014, michaelamedinaharlow, thegardenerseden.com Design Inspiration for the Mind’s Eye. On My Coffee Table: Gardening Titles by Louisa Jones and New Garden Design by Zahid Sardar

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Welcoming Spring!

March 20th, 2014 § 3

photo 1Anticipating the Spicy-Sweet Fragrance of My Favorite Springtime Blossom: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Welcome Spring! The Vernal Equinox —day and night of equal length— occurs at 12:57 pm EDT today, March 20th, signaling the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. And although my Secret Garden is coated in yet another fresh layer of snow and ice today, I know that soon the melting will begin.

Already, songbirds are returning to New England; seeking nesting places to raise their young. And the buds are swollen to near-bursting on Vernal Witch Hazel and early Viburnum branches. Take heart, cold climate, gardening friends! Before we know it, the rush will be on to rake up, mulch up and begin planting in ernest. I can hardly wait!

photo 2 And the Beautiful Warmth of Spring Mornings in the Garden

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Indoor Eden: Tulips, Hot House Flowers & Intoxicating Floral Fragrance . . .

March 13th, 2014 § 2

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I truly love all four seasons, and I do find winter to be especially beautiful in New England.  However, enough is enough. It’s been a particularly cold March thus far, and I am more than ready for spring.

It’s nice to get a bit of a break from weeding and maintenance, but there are more than a few things that I miss about my garden during the cold, dark months. The absence of light and color is tough, but it’s the dry air and lack of natural fragrances that I find most difficult to bear. Humidifiers help to add moisture to my home and of course shopping trips to the florist for fresh-cut flowers and new indoor plants also help to brighten the monochrome palette of the season. But what about earthy fragrance? Remember the scent of damp moss, warm pine needles and the sweet, spicy odor of springtime blossoms scattered upon the walkway? Remember the heavenly aroma of hyacinth, the silken caress of perfumed peony petals and the dewy brush of fragrant, freshly-mown grass against bare ankles?

Hyachinth_Blossoms_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenersedeen.com_no_use_without_permission Fresh from the Florist: Heavenly, Scented Hyacinth 

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I am very much looking forward to the awakening of springtime senses. But for now —while we patiently wait for the thaw— there are lotions, potions and bottled fragrances. A very generous friend recently sent me a surprise box containing delights from San Francisco perfumer, Ineke. Her ‘Floral Curiosities’ collection of fragrances came packaged in a beautiful ‘Scent Library‘ book. I was immediately smitten with the botanical theme, but when I spritzed on the amazingly accurate floral fragrances? Swoon! I felt as if I’d been transported to a misty, June morning in the garden. I adore ‘Scarlet Larkspur’ and ‘Poet’s Jasmine’, but so far, ‘Sweet William’ (slightly spicy), and ‘Briar Rose’ (wild and rambling with subtle hints of green apple), are my favorites. And then there was a bottle of ‘Hot House Flower’, an intoxicating, feminine, gardenia number not included in the ‘Scent Library’. Like a trip to a steamy, jungle paradise, it’s warm, exotic and deliciously heady. Thank you, dear friend!

Ineke_Scent_Library_.Floral_Curiosities_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.comJPG Favorite Gift of Fragrance: Ineke ‘Floral Curiosities’ Scent Library {Miniature Book with ‘Scent’ Library Cards, Includes Samples of the Following Floral Fragrances: Sweet William, Scarlet Larkspur, Briar Rose, Poet’s Jasmine and Angel’s Trumpet}, and Botanist’s Travel Sprays {Each Scent Bound in a Beautiful ‘Book’ Box}

I’m also mad for ‘Moss‘, a silken hand & body cream from K. Hall Designs. With 5% shea butter, it’s soft and silky but non-greasy. I love to share this cream with my gardening friends in wintertime. The fragrance reminds me of a forest floor; earthy, fern-filled and slightly musky. Perfect for those of us struggling through the last days of winter …Pining for the verdant gardens of springtime.

K.Hall_Designs_Moss_Hand_and_Body_Cream_c_michaela_thegardenerseden.com My Wintertime Favorite: Moss Hand & Body Cream by K. Hall Designs

Products mentioned and reviewed in this post are unpaid, and purely based upon the personal opinions and preferences of this author. No promotional product or compensation was received from any source.

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Good Day, Sunshine . . .

February 23rd, 2014 § 2

New_Beginnings_on_the_Windowsill_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.comHere comes the sun! Travel back to this post for a seed starting primer/review and get ready for your best garden yet! 

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

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

winter_swans_copyright_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com  Inspired by the Delights of Nature’s Courtship Dance . . .

Red_Red_Miniature_Roses_copyright_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com And the Art of Seduction . . .

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Of Icy Pink Winter Mornings . . .

February 13th, 2014 Comments Off

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In celebration of icy-pink winter mornings . . .

Barton_Island_at_Dawh_copyright_2014_michaelamedinaharlow_thegardenerseden.com Misty Dawn at Barton Island, Surrounded by Shimmering Ice

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Enchanted . . .

February 12th, 2014 § 6

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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

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.

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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!

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Hello February . . .

February 1st, 2014 Comments Off

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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.

sunlit_winter_garden_copyright_2014_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com Sunlight in My Snow-Covered, Secret Garden

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!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Blue Shadows and Sparkling Ice-Clad Branches (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

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Happy New Year !

January 1st, 2014 § 4

Ice Palace - copyright 2014 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com A Delicate Hoarfrost Coats the Treetops Upon a Foggy New Year’s Eve Morn

Wishing You a Happy and Healthy New Year!

xx

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Peace on Earth . . .

December 24th, 2013 Comments Off

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Happy Holidays

Wishing You All Things Merry & Bright!

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Song of the Winter Solstice . . .

December 21st, 2013 § 2

Song of the Solstice - copyright Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com December’s Cold Moon Sets at Dawn, Slipping Beyond the Snow-Covered Conifers

Although her icy chariot swept across New England a bit early this year, Winter officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:11am ET today, or December 21 at 17:11 UTC.  While the shift is slight at first —mere minutes added to each day— slowly, the increase in sunlight will become more and more noticeable; welcome change indeed.

On this shortest day and longest night, I like to celebrate the change in seasons with a special cocktail toast by firelight. How will you mark the Winter Solstice this year? Find facts about the shift in seasons on EarthSky.com, here.

The-Krampus-II-ⓒ-Michaela-at-TGE Find The Krampus, a Winter Solstice Cocktail Recipe, Here. 

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

December 14th, 2013 § 4

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comLet it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Season’s greetings, friends. I’ve been away from my desk for awhile, busy preparing for winter and planning for exciting things to come. But time marches on, and suddenly I realized, it’s been weeks since my last post. The season is changing quickly now, with frigid weather marking late autumn’s end. These last few weeks have been a blur; dramatic, wintry weather shrouding the landscape with a moody mix of fog, sleet, soft snow and freezing rain. Winter’s chariot is on the way, and the Secret Garden has morphed into a magical ice palace, waiting to greet her . . .

in the winter garden - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com A Stroll Through the Secret Garden is Like a Walking Inside a Magical Snow Globe

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset And Early December Snowfall is Always the Prettiest

swirling snow in the secret garden - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Before All of the Papery, Delicately Dried Flowers are Buried Beneath a Mountain of White

Secret Garden Steps - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com And the Secret Garden Steps are Lost Under Winter’s Snowy Blanket 

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset It’s Time to Illuminate the Lanterns,  Lightly-Dusted at the Secret Garden Door 

Christmas Tree at Sunset - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com And Light the Tree for Solstice, Here in the Enchanted Forest 

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Setting the Table & Giving Thanks . . .

November 28th, 2013 Comments Off

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

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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