Solstice Season in the Secret Garden

December 11th, 2017 § 2 comments § permalink

Solstice Season in the Secret Garden

 First snow. Powder swirls about the Secret Garden, dusting peaks, tracing lines and filling every crevice. The forest, enchanted, drifts softly off to sleep . . .

Winter bares her beautiful bones

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Hello February . . .

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

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Sunrise Salutations 

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

December 14th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

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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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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Snow, Fog & Ice: Quiet Garden Beauty On a Winter’s Day …

January 13th, 2012 § 4 comments § permalink

The Garden, Cloaked in Ice-Cappeded Snow (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’)

Awoke this morning to find Winter —after a long and inexplicable absence— has finally returned; cloaking the garden in shades of alabaster and cream. Vibrant shades of red and gold punctuate the stark landscape; jewel-like accessories on Winter’s cool, icy ensemble. Driving conditions are treacherous in the hills today, but who would want to depart with such beauty to admire?

Winter’s Vibrant Red and Gold (Viburnum setigerum berries backed up by the blond blades of Miscanthus sinensis)

Icy Branches Dance in a Wild Swirl of Flurries (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

Secret Garden Entry on a Winter’s Day (Foreground: Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ & Acer palmatum x dissectum ‘Seiryu’)

Frozen Remnants of Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’)

Secret Garden Entry Border in Winter (Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ & Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’)

Frozen Strands of Honey-Colored Beauty (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’)

Tartarian Dogwood Lights Up the Forest Like Flames in the Ice and Fog (Cornus alba ‘Siberica’) 

Delicate, Crystal-Coated Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ in foreground & Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ in back)

Like Crystal-Crusted Rubies: Cotoneaster Berries in Snow (Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Eichholz’)

Fading Flame Grass and Weigela’s Brown, Twiggy Bones (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’, Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’)

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Dreaming of a White Christmas …

December 23rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Sometimes Dreams Really Do Come True … 

An Early Morning Welcome to Wonderland with a Garden of Sleeping Beauty, Blanketed in White!

Fresh Snow Coats the Secret Garden Door Like Fine Ivory Lace 

And Could There Be a Merrier Welcome to Christmas …

Than a Pretty, Snow-Coated Entryway?

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland …

December 1st, 2009 § 6 comments § permalink

ornamental grass, first snow

Sleigh bells ring… are you listening ?

“When it snows, ain’t it thrilling, though your nose gets a chilling? We’ll frolic and play the Eskimo way, walking in a winter wonderland”…

Welcome December !

Hellebores dusted with snow

Hellebores gleam and glimmer like stars in white glitter…

cotoneaster with snow

A branch of Cotoneaster, loaded with red berries, reminiscent of a ruby necklace, dusted with snow…

Beech stand, first snow...

The twinkling forest on a frosty morning…

Stone steps dusted in snow

The Secret Garden steps look as if someone carelessly ripped a bag of powdered sugar while sneaking sweets inside…

Ilex verticillata and Juniperus chinensis 'Sargentii' dusted in snow

Ilex verticillata ‘Red sprite’ and  Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’ dusted with snow…

Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’,(‘Blue Rug’), could pass for fine white lace…

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, delicately powdered…

Heuchera seed with ice in November

Heuchera seed-pods with ice droplets, sparkle and gleam in morning light

Rodgersia dusted in snow

Rodgersia remnants strike a feminine pose beside the stone wall…

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“Winter Wonderland” melody by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard – 1934

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