Summer Flowers

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

From my garden: David Austin roses ‘A Shropshire Lad’, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’; various hydrangea; ferns, ‘The Lovely Fairy’ rose; ‘Rainbow Knockout’ rose; hardy geranium; Coral Bells; spirea blossom; and from Floret Flower Farm: peonies, scabiosa, nigella, feverfew, yarrow and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Hello, friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have had a taste of these summery images but here’s a full serving of flowery, sorbet-colored treats.

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

A selection of my colored bottle collection with summer flowers, taken in my living room window

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Clematis ‘Rosemoor’ (the most incredible flower, like velvet!), Hydrangea ‘Twist and Shout’, David Austin Rose ‘Eglantyne’, hardy geranium, ‘Rainbow Knockout’ rose, ‘The Lovely Fairy’ rose, Walker’s Low catmint, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Spirea Goldflame, ‘China Doll’ rose. All from my garden.

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Hydrangeas by Georgianna Lane

Multi-colored Hydrangea macrophylla, including ‘Glowing Embers’ in front, all from my garden

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

From Floret Flower Farm: Sunset-hued Achillea (yarrow), snapdragons, Queen Anne’s Lace, pink and lilac-colored Campanula, peach-colored foxglove, Nigella damascena, dahila, larkspur, on a vintage chair in my garden.

So many beautiful field flowers from my dear friend Erin at Floret Flower Farm.

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Sunset-hued Achillea (yarrow) from Floret.

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Yarrow and feverfew from Floret

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Rows of feverfew at Floret.

Chocolate Queen Anne's Lace by Georgianna Lane

Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace (oh yes, there is such a thing!) at Floret.

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Digital double exposure of Scabiosa, Nigella and Queen Anne’s Lace

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Digital double exposure of Nigella and Queen Anne’s Lace

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

Hydrangea ‘Pink Parfait’ in my garden, obviously not too pink anymore!

Summer flowers by Georgianna Lane

In other news, I’m creating a small fleet of calendars, for 2015 for my shops and for 2016 and 2017 for my publishers. And editing away on my European photos, more of which will appear here very soon. And all while enjoying our garden and the incredible Seattle summer weather. We love traveling all over the world but our summer hearts belong right here.

Wishing you the most lovely week ahead! Thank you for stopping by.

love,

G

Gardens and Inspiration: A Day at Versailles

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love

Hello, friends! At the end of May, as part of my extensive travels this spring, I spent an entire day at Versailles – without actually setting foot inside the main Chateau at all. Rather, my time was occupied in wandering the vast grounds and gardens, a treat I’d not experienced on my previous visit. Arriving when the gardens opened at 8:00 am, I ducked into the side entrance and luxuriously had the Orangerie and adjacent areas to myself for some time before the masses of visitors descended upon the property.

Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L'Orangerie, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L’Orangerie

Although I am an English garden girl at heart, I adore French gardens for their symmetry, exquisite attention to detail and the stimulating juxtaposition of planned formality with lush exuberance. The designs and their orderliness are very calming in their predictability but still delight with unexpected vistas that fit harmoniously into the whole. To me, they seem a fitting metaphor for living – establishing an organized framework that supports the random, beautiful experiences, creativity and possibilities within one’s lifetime.

The Sun King, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Beautiful details abound through the huge gardens.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom

The sheer size of the park enables one to experience reflective, private moments, even at the height of the season.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Allee of Trees, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses, Versailles, France by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

The Hameau, The Queen’s Hamlet

Field of Daisies at the Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Massive field of summer daisies

Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

A column of the Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal

Boats on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Garden Details, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Strict, formal structures and secret, hidden beds of abundant blooms (I trespassed behind a closed gate for this one) highlight the contrasting styles that make up the garden areas, both public and private.

Garden at Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

I have many, many more images from Versailles to share but today wanted to focus on the peaceful and tranquil spots I discovered amongst the grandeur of this magnificent location. As always, you were in my thoughts as I explored and attempted to capture the magic I found. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a most marvelous week ahead!

love,

G

Cloud Gazing

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Hello, friends! In celebration of lazy summer days of lying in tall grass and drifting daydreams, I’ve brought you images of amazing skies that I captured between April and June. As you may know, this year I spent many months traveling throughout Europe. One ongoing project was a series of hundreds of cloud studies documenting the incredible formations over the flat landscapes of the Flemish regions of Belgium and Holland. I’d been studying the remarkable paintings of the Dutch and Belgian masters and became so inspired to experience the region first hand. Each of these photographs are presented with the colors, light and shadows as originally seen for truly, these wondrous scenes require no enhancement.

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

I hope they set you dreaming!

Much more to come including the gardens of Versailles, exquisite architecture of Prague and the fantasy-perfect windmills of The Netherlands.

love,

G

p.s. If you are on Instagram, let’s connect there, too @georgiannalane

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