In the Blink of an Eye . . .

Madrigan_Front_Entry_Garden_2014_Michaela_Medina_Harlow_thegardenerseden.comIn my client’s garden this morning: Salvia nemerosa ‘May Night’ and an endless sea of peonies

Creating beautiful, sustainable gardens takes careful planning, time, patience and effort. As a garden designer, one of my greatest professional rewards is returning to my clients’ gardens year after year, to delight in both the growth of the landscape and the friendships created through them.

I met Susan and Bob three springs ago when they invited me to consult on new gardens for their home in southern Vermont. Since that time, I have designed and installed terraced gardens, an outdoor dining/living/sitting room/firepit enclosure with sweeping curves, a kitchen-garden side niche, and a new, naturalized, wildflower meadow in addition to the welcoming, front entrance garden pictured here. Three years have come and gone and yet —as I look at the glorious sea of blooming peonies along the stone walk— the time, like June itself, seems to have passed in the blink of an eye . . . Salvia nemerosa ‘May Night’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’, Heuchera, Stewartia pseudocamellia & Paeonia lactiflora galore line a stepping stone walkway created by Vermont Stone Trust certified waller, Curtis Gray. Garden Design & Installation, Michaela M Harlow Pretty details make the garden: handmade ceramic vessel by Vermont artist Stephen Procter Seems like yesterday, but it will be three years ago this summer that I planted this front entry garden for my clients, Susan and Bob Earlier this spring: Leucojum aestevium, Phlox divaricata, Heuchera and Narcissus all aglow upon a May Night

Thank you Susan and Bob, for your encouragement, trust, support of my work and most important, your friendship throughout the years.

xo Michaela

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2 Replies to “In the Blink of an Eye . . .”

  1. Susan Madrigan

    Rarely do I get around to reading blogs and just happened to stumble across this evening looking as always to you for some information/advice on a gardening detail. The photos are stunning and I feel so incredibly lucky that you crossed our path at such a perfect time. You reignited in me a passion for being outdoors and gardening that I had forgotten for many years. Thanks so much and I hope we can keep creating beautiful spaces together for a long time.

  2. Michaela

    Thank you so much, Susan. These are all iPhone photos, believe it or not. I can not believe what that little gadget will do. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to upload the DSLR photos, but at some point now, I will! I love working at your place. You are an excellent gardener, and it gives me great joy to watch everything grow and change through the years. xx M

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