Return to the Sanctuary

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses

Autumn has arrived and with it the time for our annual journey to the Southern Hemisphere to central Chile to visit family and friends. Once again, I am so, so lucky to stay a few days with my dear friend María Cecilia in her mountain sanctuary in the Andean foothills. The beauty and magic she has created here, and so generously shares, is breathtaking and transporting. This year, my timing was perfect to witness and capture her abundant roses at their peak. I have photographed rose gardens all over the world but, truly, none compares to hers.

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Arches are covered and heavy with fragrant, perfect blooms.

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Terrace at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Private terrace off one of the bedrooms in Maria Cecilia’s home

Her home is a dream of serenity, beauty and stylish creativity.

Mon Jardin et Ma Maison Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

 

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

María Cecilia photographed in her rose garden in El Arrayan, Chile, by Georgianna Lane

Here is my dear friend, such a beautiful spirit, amongst her roses. One day soon, she will be leaving this property for a new adventure, a new creation – let’s all wish her so much love, joy and happiness.

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of María Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

My previous post from María Cecelia’s garden last year is here.

Thank you, as always, for your visits. I will be posting more this week from Chile, including the stunning coast and more of my friend’s amazing roses. You can also see so much more of María Cecilia’s home at her blog. I honestly can never thank her enough for all she shares with so many of us around the world. I am greatly privileged to know her.

much love,

G

p. s. I’m posting daily on Instagram, too, @georgiannalane. Hope to see you there!

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

Rose Heaven

Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Coloma Castle with rose ‘Zambra’

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.

Rosa Tasogare by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Tasogare’

 

David Austin Rose Sharifa Asthma by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose ‘Sharifa Asma’

 

Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

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.

Rosa 'Hatsukoi' by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Hatsukoi’

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Ama No Gawa’ and ‘Awayuki’

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Maria Delforge’

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rose, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Penthouse’

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’; the Rose Museum, Coloma Rose Garden

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Bouquet Vanille’

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Céline Delbart’

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Avance’

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Amber Queen’

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

 

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

Rosa ‘Heidekonigen’

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.

Roses, Coloma Rose Garden by Georgianna Lane

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.

love,

G

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.

 

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