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.
So many beautiful field flowers from my dear friend Erin at Floret Flower Farm.
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.
Hello, friends! I have returned from my long journeying of abundant adventures. As promised, here is a selection of images from our perfect day at the largest rose garden in Europe – Coloma Rose Garden in Belgium.
A garden is a wonderful sanctuary in which to dream, to reflect, to heal, isn’t it? The many solitary hours I spent roaming through this vast eden of roses soothed and restored a measure of tranquility, and the moated castle inspired flights of fantasy.
With 30,000 rose bushes and 3,000 varieties from around the globe, a single visit to Coloma cannot do justice to its magnificent display. And so, a return trip should always be part of the planning.
The municipality of Sint-Pieters-Leewu, just south of Brussels, must be acknowledged for the seemingly effortless presentation of one of the most magnificent rose gardens in the world.
Much more from our travels to come, dear friends. We hope you are well and happy. And I’d love to hear about your favorite rose gardens and perhaps even visit them one day.
Travel notes: Coloma Park and Castle, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium. Open from 15 May through 30 October. Wonderful restaurant/cafe on premises. Free parking. We visited on June 14 and most roses were at their peak. I would recommend visiting a few weeks earlier if you’d like to enjoy the many climbing roses draped on trellises throughout the garden, which tend to bloom in late May.
Hello, dear friends!
I’m back on the road after a couple of quick weeks at home for priorly scheduled seasonal projects and to tend my sweet garden. Honestly I’ve lost track of how many planes, trains, trams, taxis, boats, buses, automobiles, metros, tubes and other forms of transport I’ve been on over the last several months! No complaints at all but it does make keeping up with blog posts and visits tricky, especially frustrating when I have so many fun adventures to share with you. Ah, well, we’ll have all summer for that.
I couldn’t let peony season go by without a celebratory post of these images. Last year I was very fortunate to make several visits to North Field Farm near the Canadian border, owned by the amazing Geraldine, introduced to me by my great pal Erin at Floret Flower Farm. Geraldine’s passion, knowledge and generosity made each trip a delight (not to mention the buckets of peonies she lavished upon me to photograph in my studio).
Part of my delay in posting has to do simply with my own dithering as to what you might like to see – more travel or more florals? And I’d also love any recommendations you might have for destinations in northern France, Holland or Belgium, particularly photogenic villages and of course, flower markets!
Thank you for visiting and much love from me.