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Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Red Osier Thicket

Red_Osier_Thicket:copyright_2014:Michaela_Harlow:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.comRed Osier Thicket, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 20″ x 15″, pastel on paper (24″ x 19″) 

A day filled with snow squalls and flashes of bright color: red fox lurking in the hemlock stand, male cardinal at the bird feeder and red-breasted robins plucking ruddy fruit from sumac at garden’s edge. But in the darkness of winter, it’s the red osier thickets —swirling with white flurries and punctuated with tawny winter grass and birch saplings— that really gets my attention.

I plant a great deal of red and yellow twig dogwood in my garden design work. My clients rarely get excited when they see me hauling the scruffy green shrubs into their yards in May —but come February, my email box is packed with thank you notes. The glowing bark of native red osier (Cornus sericea) is almost as uplifting as a bouquet of red tulips on a dreary, steel-grey day.

Red_Osier_Thicket-in_studio:copyright_2014:Michaela_Harlow:pastel_on_paper:michaelaharlow.com Red Osier Thicket in the studio

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