Happy New Year, my friends! Bringing some colorful blooms to you to brighten up your winter day. I’ve shared with you in past years my love for heavenly hellebores. A glorious winter-blooming woodland plant, long-loved by gardeners in the know, they have exploded in mainstream popularity over the last few years. Hardy, beautiful and such a welcome sight in mid-winter, florists have also discovered them as a luscious and romantic addition to bouquets.
Although I grow dozens of varieties on at our woodland retreat in the Pacific Northwest, these all came from the Rungis Wholesale Flower Market outside of Paris. Stopping by the market with my friend Laetitia of Floresie to purchase flowers for a bouquet for my book, Paris in Bloom, I couldn’t resist the colors and textures of these gorgeous hellebores, so they came back to my apartment in the 7th arrondissement with me, along with dozens of roses, anemones, lilacs and ranunculus.
Hellebores can be tricky as cut flowers because they don’t draw enough water up the stem to keep the blooms from wilting after 24 or 48 hours. Some florists wait to cut the blooms until the stamens have fully dropped and the seed pods have formed, giving them several more days of bouquet life. I personally think they are much more beautiful with the stamens still on, as you see in these photos.
An excellent way to prolong them as a cut flower is to float them in a beautiful bowl filled with water. Cut the stems about 1/2” from the flower base, arrange in a large vessel and carefully fill with water. Replace the water daily and these beauties will last a week or more. Their rich, jeweled colors, ruffly petals and glossy leaves are a delight as a centerpiece or on a side table or desk.
I continually marvel at their exquisite shapes and shades. They are truly one of my very favorite plants.
I hope you get a chance to grow or at least purchase some stems of hellebores this winter. You will fall in love with them as I have.
(These photographs were all shot as potential images for my book but this feature did not make it in the final version. So, now I can share with you here. Paris in Bloom releases on 14 March 2017 and can be pre-ordered here right now!)
And you can see more of my hellebore arrangments and photographs in the winter edition of Garden Design magazine. If you love gardens, I highly recommend that you subscribe to this fabulous publication. The articles go into great depth on each subject covered and are entirely ad-free.
Hello, friends! Last summer I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of David Austin roses for my upcoming book. Now that it’s off to the printer (to be released in September), I thought I’d share some of the images from the “cutting room floor” to get us all in a summery mood.
Above, new print series “Bed of Roses“, photographed while at All My Thyme farm in Washington.
Above, newly released print “Remnants“, photographed while at the David Austin Rose Center in Albrighton, England.
A carpet of roses from All My Thyme. It took the owner, Dawn, her daughter Claire and me several hours to cut the roses and to set this up!
Above, roses from the growing fields at David Austin, Albrighton, England.
And finally, for more rose-y goodness, pick up the Summer Edition of Garden Design Magazine. I’m very excited and honored to have a number of my photographs, including the opening spread above, appear in a specially-commissioned article on David Austin Roses. The article is fabulous, with new portraits of Mr. Austin himself, photographed by Richard Bloom. It’s a thrill to have my photos appear alongside those of Mr. Bloom and Clive Nichols, two of the UK’s top flower photographers, whose work has inspired me for many years.
Wishing you a beautiful summer!
Hello, dear friends! Oh, my goodness, life has been very eventful this summer ! I’m just catching my breath quickly to stop in and let you know I’m thinking of you and have so much to share very soon. I hope you’ve had a wonderful August and start to the autumn (spring for my friends Down Under) season. Here’s a bit of what’s been occupying my time:
– Although I haven’t posted here for a few weeks, I am on Instagram most days and would love to connect with you there. I have two accounts @georgiannalane and @aparisianmoment (which I share with David). If you’re not on Instagram, come on over and join the fun!
– Putting the finishing touches on my 2016 photo calendars. Some of the new images can be seen above and you can get a sneak peek at the first few of the collections which are now available here.
– Recovering and cleaning up from a freak windstorm recently that sent one of our largest trees crashing down. Very fortunately it missed the house but wiped out our sweet pink Dogwood and several roses bushes. (When I say “cleaning up”, I really mean watching D do all the work chain sawing and chopping :))
– Researching a travel photo story for a major magazine that I’ll start shooting on Friday.
– Prepping for an extended trip in a few weeks for some amazing projects.
– And last but not least, in the midst of everything, editing images at a mad rate for my first book! So excited to share more news about this soon. It’s on a subject/location near and dear to my heart and I hope you’re going to love it! (But we all have to wait until September 2016 to see the final product.)
Again, I’m so sorry to be away so much – your sweet comments fill me with joy. You are so appreciated and I thank you for bearing with me during this really intense time! You are the BEST!
Lots of love,