Gardens and Inspiration: A Day at Versailles

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love

Hello, friends! At the end of May, as part of my extensive travels this spring, I spent an entire day at Versailles – without actually setting foot inside the main Chateau at all. Rather, my time was occupied in wandering the vast grounds and gardens, a treat I’d not experienced on my previous visit. Arriving when the gardens opened at 8:00 am, I ducked into the side entrance and luxuriously had the Orangerie and adjacent areas to myself for some time before the masses of visitors descended upon the property.

Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L'Orangerie, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L’Orangerie

Although I am an English garden girl at heart, I adore French gardens for their symmetry, exquisite attention to detail and the stimulating juxtaposition of planned formality with lush exuberance. The designs and their orderliness are very calming in their predictability but still delight with unexpected vistas that fit harmoniously into the whole. To me, they seem a fitting metaphor for living – establishing an organized framework that supports the random, beautiful experiences, creativity and possibilities within one’s lifetime.

The Sun King, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Beautiful details abound through the huge gardens.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom

The sheer size of the park enables one to experience reflective, private moments, even at the height of the season.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Allee of Trees, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses, Versailles, France by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

The Hameau, The Queen’s Hamlet

Field of Daisies at the Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Massive field of summer daisies

Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

A column of the Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal

Boats on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Garden Details, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Strict, formal structures and secret, hidden beds of abundant blooms (I trespassed behind a closed gate for this one) highlight the contrasting styles that make up the garden areas, both public and private.

Garden at Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

I have many, many more images from Versailles to share but today wanted to focus on the peaceful and tranquil spots I discovered amongst the grandeur of this magnificent location. As always, you were in my thoughts as I explored and attempted to capture the magic I found. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a most marvelous week ahead!

love,

G

Cloud Gazing

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Hello, friends! In celebration of lazy summer days of lying in tall grass and drifting daydreams, I’ve brought you images of amazing skies that I captured between April and June. As you may know, this year I spent many months traveling throughout Europe. One ongoing project was a series of hundreds of cloud studies documenting the incredible formations over the flat landscapes of the Flemish regions of Belgium and Holland. I’d been studying the remarkable paintings of the Dutch and Belgian masters and became so inspired to experience the region first hand. Each of these photographs are presented with the colors, light and shadows as originally seen for truly, these wondrous scenes require no enhancement.

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

I hope they set you dreaming!

Much more to come including the gardens of Versailles, exquisite architecture of Prague and the fantasy-perfect windmills of The Netherlands.

love,

G

p.s. If you are on Instagram, let’s connect there, too @georgiannalane

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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