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.
Arches are covered and heavy with fragrant, perfect blooms.
Her home is a dream of serenity, beauty and stylish creativity.
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.
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.
p. s. I’m posting daily on Instagram, too, @georgiannalane. Hope to see you there!
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.