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
To celebrate my birthday this year, we traveled to beautiful San Miguel de Allende in the Colonial Heartland of Mexico. San Miguel was recently voted the #1 city in the world to visit by Condé Nast Traveler readers and we’d heard many stories of first time visitors falling in love with its unique atmosphere and never leaving. Although we DID manage to return home, we were captivated by this colorful, friendly and laid-back town (a UNESCO World Heritage City) that boasts perfect weather, plenty of history, art, music and culture, and a wealth of lovely architecture. Honestly, I spent the entirety of this weekend trying to narrow down the photos to share with you. Rather than abbreviate the abundance of wonderful sights and amazing adventures we experienced (including photographing an abandoned hacienda with crumbling frescos and peeling French wallpaper), I’ll give you an overview here and share more in several future posts, okay?
Typical streets are a patchwork of colorful stucco, cobblestone and stone sidewalks.
Did I mention the doors? Sigh.
Touches of romance: rose petals in a fountain.
There are no street lights in the historic district, nor many stop signs. Cars (especially an abundance of old VW Beetles), dirt bikes, taxis and buses share the narrow streets courteously but with no dawdling. The roughness of the cobblestone enforces a bumpy speed limit. This is early morning, when, of course, I ventured out to photograph the quiet views.
This is Camila, a sweet donkey that was our companion and model for one of our shoots.
Still to come: the food, the ceramics, the people and a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past!
In other news, we’ll soon launch a series of collaborations and projects with a talented friend, Suzette, who is also a passionate world traveler. Her website is a wonderful resource to fuel your armchair and real life travels so do stop by.
Wishing you a terrific week ahead and thank you, as always, dear friends, for sharing in our adventures.
p. s. The title of this post refers to a book of the same name by Tony Cohen which chronicles his life as an ex-pat after moving to San Miguel.
Hello, friends, and Happy New Year! My best wishes for a fabulous year ahead.
For me, 2014 brought professional triumphs and exhilarating travel but also heartbreaking personal loss. The best of times; the worst of times. Each of these contributed to me being here less frequently than usual and I have certainly missed you. Rather than delve into the details, a number of which I’d rather not revisit, I thought I’d share some image pairings I’ve been gathering up lately to celebrate my two photographic loves: exquisite florals and incredible architecture, most photographed over the last 12 months or so during just some of my travels. A sort of year in review but only good bits. (Missing from here are Venice, Antwerp, Bruges, Amsterdam and more – will share them soon.)
In a week, I’ll be traveling again and then on throughout the year. I look forward to seeing you here as I report from the road.