November Light, A Dusting of Snow & The Beauty of Late Autumn Hues . . .

Winterberry in the Entry (Ilex verticillata) - copyright michaela medina harlow - 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 - Wild Winterberries (Ilex verticillata) Dot the Swampy Shore

Dream a Little Dream - michaela medina harlow - Dried Asters Shimmer, Backlit Blond in the Meadow

Red Berries and November Sky (Viburnum setigerum) copyright 2013 - michaela medina harlow - Tea Viburnum Fruits (V. setigerum), Brilliant Scarlet in a Tawny Landscape

Sunlit Asters - copyright 2013 michaela medina harlow - Sunlight Dances Upon the Faded Grandeur of Autumn’s Finery 

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - michaela medina harlow -

Snow-Dusted Hydrangea Blossoms - copyright michaela medina harlow -  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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