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,
The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, Albrighton, England, July, 2015.
Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I bring you images from my recent two week visit to the world-famous home of David Austin English Roses in Albrighton, England. For those of us who love roses, it is a dream destination, one that I know many of you hope to visit one day. And I hope that for you, too! Until then, walk with me now and experience a quintessential English summer day in this sumptuous and romantic garden, blooming to bursting with what I consider to be the most beautiful roses in the world.
Entrance to The Renaissance Garden.
The Renaissance Garden pool; David Austin rose ‘Jubilee Celebration’ (above right and below).
The Long Garden, framed with rambling and climbing roses. The overall garden features not only David Austin roses but a marvelous collection of Old Roses, rambling roses and climbing roses.
David Austin rose ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’.
The aptly named ‘Grace’, David Austin rose.
The Lion Garden, which showcases roses in mixed borders with perennials.
Above, David Austin rose ‘Crocus Rose’, truly one of the sweetest roses; below, ‘Ballerina’ rose growing abundantly over an archway.
The Lion Garden.
One of my favorite David Austin roses: Lady Emma Hamilton.
Entrance to The Long Garden from the Pergola Garden.
David Austin rose ‘Hyde Hall’ blooms abundantly in The Lion Garden.
David Austin rose ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, perfectly formed and so very pretty and feminine, named for David Austin’s granddaughter.
Rambling rose ‘Belvedere’ in the Pergola Garden.
The Pergola Garden leading to The Long Garden; David Austin rose ‘James Galway’.
A magnificent David Austin rose of beautiful shape and rich color: ‘The Lady of Shallot’.
The Restaurant at David Austin Roses and an outdoor area for tea and snacks in The Gallery.
The Gift Shop and Plant Center. The Gift Shop offers a very tempting selection of rose-themed books and items for home and garden including gorgeous rose-decorated David Austin branded bone china, which is also used in the restaurant service. Roses are available for purchase in the Plant Center and also through the company website via mail order to many countries internationally.
Delicate David Austin rose ‘Rosemoor’
If you have followed along here for even a brief time, you’ll know how much I adore David Austin English Roses and that I grow a number of them in my own garden. I know many of you do, too. Working among them here, in their home environment, was really the ultimate rose experience! I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at David Austin Roses, especially the Technical Director, Mr. Michael Marriott, who was a warmly welcoming host and provided me with special access to the garden and facilities. Without this generous assistance, the extensive series of photographs for my upcoming project would not have been possible. You’ll be seeing more from this soon!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful July. I’m traveling again tomorrow but you can always follow on Instagram as I try to post there at least once a day @georgiannalane
David Austin Roses, Ltd.
Bowling Green Lane
Albrighton, Wolverhampton, England
The coral peonies are among the most beautiful and dramatic, especially when used in arrangements or bouquets. Even a single bloom can make quite a statement!
The corals are big, showy flowers that have multiple petals, open beautifully and fade gracefully into pale pink and ivory. Here are ‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’ peonies growing at North Field Farm in Ferndale, Washington. The owner, Geraldine, generously provided most of the blooms for this post.
The shades of coral stand out from the usual pinks and whites of many peonies.
‘Coral Charm’ peonies, ranunculus and poppies. Soft, faded blue is a wonderful background to compliment the coral tones.
‘Pink Hawaiian Coral’ peonies with ranunculus, David Austin Roses and Snowball Viburnum. Look at the size of the peony!
I couldn’t resist these purple anemones. They add a punch of vibrance to the overhead arrangements.
These ‘Coral Charm’ peonies were photographed at the Rungis wholesale flower market outside of Paris. It’s a massive market that I was fortunate to visit last spring.
Peonies, ranunculus, anemones, petals from Snowball Viburnum and little heart leaves of viola growing wild on our property.
Peony season is so fleeting and bidding them farewell for another year is difficult. But they make way for a summer of roses and other beauty to come!
Happy weekend, my friends!