At the Home of David Austin English Roses

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, Albrighton, England, July, 2015.

Gate, David Austin Rose Garden, England, by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose Center photographed by Georgianna Lane

Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I bring you images from my recent two week visit to the world-famous home of David Austin English Roses in Albrighton, England. For those of us who love roses, it is a dream destination, one that I know many of you hope to visit one day. And I hope that for you, too! Until then, walk with me now and experience a quintessential English summer day in this sumptuous and romantic garden, blooming to bursting with what I consider to be the most beautiful roses in the world.

The Renaissance Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

Entrance to The Renaissance Garden.

The Renaissance Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Renaissance Garden pool; David Austin rose ‘Jubilee Celebration’ (above right and below).

David Austin Rose 'Jubilee Celebration' by Georgianna Lane

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Long Garden, framed with rambling and climbing roses. The overall garden features not only David Austin roses but a marvelous collection of Old Roses, rambling roses and climbing roses.

David Austin Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’.

David Austin Rose 'Grace' by Georgianna Lane

The aptly named ‘Grace’, David Austin rose.

The Lion Garden, David Austin Roses, England, photographed by Georgianna Lane

The Lion Garden, which showcases roses in mixed borders with perennials.

David Austin Rose 'Crocus Rose' by Georgianna Lane

Above, David Austin rose ‘Crocus Rose’, truly one of the sweetest roses; below, ‘Ballerina’ rose growing abundantly over an archway.

'Ballerina' rose by Georgianna Lane, photographed at David Austin Roses, England

The Lion Garden, David Austin Roses, England, photographed by Georgianna Lane

The Lion Garden.

David Austin Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton' photographed by Georgianna Lane

One of my favorite David Austin roses: Lady Emma Hamilton.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

Entrance to The Long Garden from the Pergola Garden.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose 'Hyde Hall' by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Hyde Hall’ blooms abundantly in The Lion Garden.

David Austin Rose 'Olivia Rose Austin' photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, perfectly formed and so very pretty and feminine, named for David Austin’s granddaughter.

Gate, David Austin Rose Garden, England, by Georgianna Lane

'Belvedere' rambler rose by Georgianna Lane, photographed at David Austin Roses, England

Rambling rose ‘Belvedere’ in the Pergola Garden.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Pergola Garden leading to The Long Garden; David Austin rose ‘James Galway’.

David Austin Rose 'The Lady of Shallot' by Georgianna Lane

A magnificent David Austin rose of beautiful shape and rich color: ‘The Lady of Shallot’.

The Restaurant, David Austin Rose Center, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Restaurant at David Austin Roses and an outdoor area for tea and snacks in The Gallery.

The Gift Shop and Plant Center, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Gift Shop and Plant Center. The Gift Shop offers a very tempting selection of rose-themed books and items for home and garden including gorgeous rose-decorated David Austin branded bone china, which is also used in the restaurant service. Roses are available for purchase in the Plant Center and also through the company website via mail order to many countries internationally.

David Austin Rose 'Rosemoor' by Georgianna Lane

Delicate David Austin rose ‘Rosemoor’

If you have followed along here for even a brief time, you’ll know how much I adore David Austin English Roses and that I grow a number of them in my own garden. I know many of you do, too. Working among them here, in their home environment, was really the ultimate rose experience! I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at David Austin Roses, especially the Technical Director, Mr. Michael Marriott, who was a warmly welcoming host and provided me with special access to the garden and facilities. Without this generous assistance, the extensive series of photographs for my upcoming project would not have been possible. You’ll be seeing more from this soon!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful July. I’m traveling again tomorrow but you can always follow on Instagram as I try to post there at least once a day @georgiannalane

love,

G

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David Austin Roses, Ltd.
Bowling Green Lane
Albrighton, Wolverhampton, England
WV7 3HB

www.davidaustinroses.com

Coral Charm

Coral Charm Peony by Georgianna Lane

The coral peonies are among the most beautiful and dramatic, especially when used in arrangements or bouquets. Even a single bloom can make quite a statement!

Coral Charm peonies, ranunculus and anemones by Georgianna Lane

Coral Charm Peonies at North Field Farm by Georgianna Lane

The corals are big, showy flowers that have multiple petals, open beautifully and fade gracefully into pale pink and ivory. Here are ‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’ peonies growing at North Field Farm in Ferndale, Washington. The owner, Geraldine, generously provided most of the blooms for this post.

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

The shades of coral stand out from the usual pinks and whites of many peonies.

Coral Charm peonies, ranunculus and poppies by Georgianna Lane

‘Coral Charm’ peonies, ranunculus and poppies. Soft, faded blue is a wonderful background to compliment the coral tones.

Coral Charm peonies, ranunculus and poppies by Georgianna Lane

Pink Hawaiian Charm peonies by Georgianna Lane

‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’ peonies with ranunculus, David Austin Roses and Snowball Viburnum. Look at the size of the peony!

Coral Charm Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Coral Charm peonies, ranunculus and anemones by Georgianna Lane

I couldn’t resist these purple anemones. They add a punch of vibrance to the overhead arrangements.

Purple anemone by Georgianna Lane

Coral Charm peonies in Paris by Georgianna Lane

These ‘Coral Charm’ peonies were photographed at the Rungis wholesale flower market outside of Paris. It’s a massive market that I was fortunate to visit last spring.

Coral Charm peonies, ranunculus and anemones by Georgianna Lane

Peonies, ranunculus, anemones, petals from Snowball Viburnum and little heart leaves of viola growing wild on our property. 

Peony season is so fleeting and bidding them farewell for another year is difficult. But they make way for a summer of roses and other beauty to come!

Happy weekend, my friends!

Love,

G

 

Peony Passion

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Hello, friends! I’m back from an adventurous trip to Alaska for a charming, back-woods, country wedding and now am literally knee deep in peonies! I’ve made a few trips up to visit my delightful and generous friend Geraldine at her North Field Farm, where she grows an incredible 60 or so varieties of peonies. The season is nearly over and the fields are loaded with fully opened peonies. I’ve gathered armloads to bring back to document and share with you here.

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

You know that I’m a rose girl through and through, but honestly, is there anything more sumptuous than a bucketful of peonies?

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Made myself a peony petticoat!

Peonies, David Austin roses and ranunculus in Mason jars by Georgianna Lane

The last of the ranunculus, peonies and the first of the David Austin roses, both from my garden and from my friend Dawn at All My Thyme farm.

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

More varieties than I can count!

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies, David Austin roses and ranunculus in Mason jars by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

Peonies by Georgianna Lane

In this post I featured many of the pink and white varieties but the corals are just as special. I’ve prepared a separate post on them which you’ll see after a few days break. Peonies are so rich, it’s almost like too much dessert!

Sending love and wishes for a joyful June.

G

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