Month: July 2013

  • Studio Days . . .

     Ladybells and Black-Eyed Susans Tumble Down the Misty, Secret Garden Stairs Sweet, sweet summertime. As July slowly slides into August, I find myself falling into a familiar mid-summer rhythm. Up before dawn with the songbirds, I brew a pot of coffee and head outside to water containers on the terrace. From there, I meander on […]

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  • A Blueberry Smash in the Moonlight & Cocktail Gardening Gone Wild . . .

     Icy, Cool, Blueberry Smash Have you heard? Cocktail gardening is all the rage these days. Of course, mixing drinks from fresh-picked ingredients has been popular with gardeners for as long as booze and backyards have been around, but it always seems to take mainstream media awhile to catch up, now doesn’t it? Strictly speaking, I’ve […]

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  • Embracing the Long, Hot Summer . . . Designing a Water Wise Garden

     Rudbeckia hirta, Blooming a Wild River of Gold in Morning Fog Welcome to high summer! With temperatures soaring and scant rainfall last week, suddenly this gardener switched from wellies and rain ponchos to flip flops, sundresses and watering wands. New England —always known for its fast-changing weather— has been experiencing some atypical summer extremes. For […]

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  • Celebrating July’s Thunder Moon . . .

    July’s Long Daylight Hours and Dramatic Skies Make for Spectacular Moon Viewing  Be sure to watch for tonight’s full, Thunder Moon when it rises at  8:03 pm ET. The Thunder Moon is also commonly called the Buck Moon, and with July’s long days and dramatic skies, this month’s moonrise is often a spectacular show. The […]

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  • Flight of Fancy: Gardens Filled with Song

     A Young Cedar Waxwing Perches Upon a Carolina Silverbell Branch (Halesia tetraptera) Outside My Door  I’ve always been fascinated by birds, and enjoy the challenge of identifying them visually, as well as by their calls and songs. This is a pastime I picked up from my parents, who are both avid bird watchers. One of […]

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  • Winged Guests & Days of Wild Wonder

     Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly on Garden Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) with Nishiki Willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’) Beyond Early in the morning —in the still before sunrise, when the air is calm and cool— the garden awakens with a fluttering dance. Red-Spotted Purple butterflies —dusty plum-black wings, dotted with aqua and scarlet— flit about the sleepy Valerian, […]

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  • Rain, Fog and A Bit of Summer Sun . . .

     Basking in the Late Day Gift of Summer Sunlight on the Terrace – So Far This Season, Sunny Days Have Been Few & Far Between… Hello, mid July. How did we get here so quickly? It’s been a busy start to summer, with little time for journaling, but I expect things to slow down a bit […]

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  • Oh Dear, Oh, Deer in the Garden: Dealing with a Big, Brown-Eyed Problem

     Peek-a-Boo: Playing Hide & Seek with a Young, White Tailed Buck in My Neighborhood Handsome fella, isn’t he? Of course he is. There’s no denying the beauty of this graceful, tawny, brown-eyed creature. He’s just gorgeous… Until he gets into your garden. Then, much like Dr. Jekyll, beautiful Bambi turns into Mr. Hyde. A single […]

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  • Happy Birthday, America . . .

     Celebrating Independence Day Photography & Text â“’ Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All images, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of 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. […]

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  • Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: Welcome July

     Rain on the First of July Rain-streaked windows and shiny black wellies; it’s a wet start to a new month in Vermont. Yesterday’s heavy showers and blustery wind knocked dozens of flowers to the ground, so I spent a bit of time early this morning, gathering fresh posies for informal arrangements. I’ve been working from the […]

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