At the Home of David Austin English Roses

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, Albrighton, England, July, 2015.

Gate, David Austin Rose Garden, England, by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose Center photographed by Georgianna Lane

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.

The Renaissance Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

Entrance to The Renaissance Garden.

The Renaissance Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Renaissance Garden pool; David Austin rose ‘Jubilee Celebration’ (above right and below).

David Austin Rose 'Jubilee Celebration' by Georgianna Lane

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

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' by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’.

David Austin Rose 'Grace' by Georgianna Lane

The aptly named ‘Grace’, David Austin rose.

The Lion Garden, David Austin Roses, England, photographed by Georgianna Lane

The Lion Garden, which showcases roses in mixed borders with perennials.

David Austin Rose 'Crocus Rose' by Georgianna Lane

Above, David Austin rose ‘Crocus Rose’, truly one of the sweetest roses; below, ‘Ballerina’ rose growing abundantly over an archway.

'Ballerina' rose by Georgianna Lane, photographed at David Austin Roses, England

The Lion Garden, David Austin Roses, England, photographed by Georgianna Lane

The Lion Garden.

David Austin Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton' photographed by Georgianna Lane

One of my favorite David Austin roses: Lady Emma Hamilton.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

Entrance to The Long Garden from the Pergola Garden.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

David Austin Rose 'Hyde Hall' by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Hyde Hall’ blooms abundantly in The Lion Garden.

David Austin Rose 'Olivia Rose Austin' photographed by Georgianna Lane

David Austin rose ‘Olivia Rose Austin’, perfectly formed and so very pretty and feminine, named for David Austin’s granddaughter.

Gate, David Austin Rose Garden, England, by Georgianna Lane

'Belvedere' rambler rose by Georgianna Lane, photographed at David Austin Roses, England

Rambling rose ‘Belvedere’ in the Pergola Garden.

The Long Garden, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Pergola Garden leading to The Long Garden; David Austin rose ‘James Galway’.

David Austin Rose 'The Lady of Shallot' by Georgianna Lane

A magnificent David Austin rose of beautiful shape and rich color: ‘The Lady of Shallot’.

The Restaurant, David Austin Rose Center, England, by Georgianna Lane

The Restaurant at David Austin Roses and an outdoor area for tea and snacks in The Gallery.

The Gift Shop and Plant Center, David Austin Roses, England, by Georgianna Lane

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.

David Austin Rose 'Rosemoor' by Georgianna Lane

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

love,

G

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David Austin Roses, Ltd.
Bowling Green Lane
Albrighton, Wolverhampton, England
WV7 3HB

www.davidaustinroses.com

A Tale of Two Cities in Spring

St. James's Park, London, in April

St. James’s Park, London, in April

Hello, dear friends! I’ve just spent several weeks photographing a spectacular April in London and Paris for clients, amid gorgeous weather and blossoms at their perfect peak. As always, I covered much ground, documenting all the beauty discovered along the way. Join me now on my early morning walks through the gardens, parks and beautiful streets of these most iconic cities. Happy Spring!

The Eiffel Tower, April, by Georgianna Lane

Pink and White Cherry Blossoms at the Eiffel Tower

 

Cherry Blossoms at Notre Dame, Paris and in Kensington, London by Georgianna Lane

Cherry Blossoms at Notre Dame, Paris and in Kensington, London

 

Pink Magnolia, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Pink Magnolia, Notting Hill, London

 

Notting Hill, London, by Georgianna Lane

Notting Hill, London

 

White Cherry Blossoms, Jardin des Plantes, Paris by Georgianna Lane

White Cherry Blossoms, Jardin des Plantes, Paris

 

Tuileries at Dawn; narcissus at Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Tuileries at Dawn; Narcissus at Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

 

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, by Georgianna Lane

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

 

Cherry Tree, Primrose Hill, London, by Georgianna Lane

Cherry Tree, Primrose Hill, London

 

Yellow Magnolia, Paris; Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Yellow Magnolia, Paris; Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London

 

Pastel Houses, Primrose Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Pastel Houses, Primrose Hill, London (yes, Paddington’s house from the movie!)

 

Enormous Kwanzan cherry tree, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, by Georgianna Lane

Enormous Kwanzan cherry tree and a tiny admirer, Jardin des Plantes, Paris

 

Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London by  Georgianna Lane

Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, and a Green Beetle in Chelsea, London

 

Rue Crèmieux, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Rue Crèmieux, Paris

 

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London by Georgianna Lane

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms, Notting Hill, London

 

White Cherry Blossoms, Notre Dame, Paris by Georgianna Lane

White Cherry Blossoms, Notre Dame, Paris

 

Dawn, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Dawn, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

 

Wisteria on a Fence, London by Georgianna Lane

Wisteria on a Fence, Kensington

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms in the 16th arrondissement

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Eiffel Tower, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms, Eiffel Tower

I hope you enjoyed this springtime stroll. And I’ve not forgotten my promise for sharing advice on getting to Paris. In fact, I’m working on something very special for you right now. And I’m currently in negotiations to teach a series of photography workshops in Paris over the next year. Hands up (you can email me directly if you’d like gl (at) georgiannalane.com) all those who might be interested in attending. We’re setting up gorgeous Parisian venues and a dream curriculum of study and locations.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

with love,

G

 

Paris Perfect

Sunrise, Pont Alexandre III on a cold, late winter morning

Sunrise, Pont Alexandre III

Dear Friends, I hope this finds you very well. Over the last month, I’ve been traveling again and recently had the opportunity and great pleasure to stay at one of Paris Perfect‘s gorgeous, quintessentially Parisian apartments in the 7th arrondissement, an area new to me but which I grew to love and enjoy greatly.

Living room view from the beautiful apartment I stayed in, one of many wonderful properties by Paris Perfect Apartment Rentals

Living room view from the beautiful Paris Perfect apartment I stayed in

Imagine waking up with the Eiffel tower outside your window and the bustle of a charming Parisian neighborhood five flights below.

Balcony of a Paris Perfect Apartment photographed by Georgianna

Sunrise over the Louvre and Seine. As I approached the river, the sun came above the horizon and I raced to capture it

Sunrise over the Louvre and Seine. As I approached the river, the sun came above the horizon and I raced to capture it.

A brisk walk brought me to the Seine early each morning, past adorable cafes and fragrant boulangeries just opening for business.

Cloni ranunculus from a local flower boutique

Cloni ranunculus from a local flower boutique

The many beautiful flower shops were, of course, a favorite stop.

Laduree macarons, Pierre Marcolini chocolates and market roses.

Laduree macarons, Pierre Marcolini chocolates and market roses.

 

Palais Royal and a boat on the Seine at Pont Neuf

Palais Royal and a boat on the Seine at Pont Neuf

My walks took me to many favorite areas, including the Palais Royal and along the river.

Fresh flowers and Laduree macarons; Rue Aubriot in Le Marais

Fresh flowers and Laduree macarons; Rue Aubriot in Le Marais

 

Lamp post, Place Furstenberg; roses, ranunculus, tulips and anemones

Lamp post, Place Furstenberg, Saint Germain; roses, ranunculus, tulips and anemones from florist extraordinaire David Martinot in the 7th

 

Sunset at Pont Alexandre III

Sunset at Pont Alexandre III

 

Roses from a Paris flower shop

Roses purchased from the Sunday Rue de Grenelle street market, a short walk from the apartment

 

Laduree macarons, specially chosen for color, not necessarily flavor!

Laduree macarons, specially chosen for color, not necessarily flavor!

 

Rue Cremieux, colorful and charming

Rue Cremieux in the 12th, colorful and charming

 

Ornate door, Paris, photographed by Georgianna Lane

I stumbled upon this incredible door in the 9th arrondissement.

Balcony of a Paris Perfect apartment photographed by Georgianna

View from the window of the apartment

View from the window of the apartment

As I travel to Paris regularly these days, and have visited the city since I was 14, I am frequently asked about where to stay and the best areas to use as a base. I can say now without reservation that I’ve added Paris Perfect and their fabulous Eiffel Tower view apartments in the 7th to my list of best recommendations.

Maybe this all seems like a far off dream. But if Paris is on your list of “someday” dream trips, why don’t you decide that this is the year you will go. No matter what it takes, you will be so happy always that you did. And it can be easier than you think.

I so believe that it can happen for you. My next post will include some of my top tips for making your Paris dream trip an actual reality. Hearing about your adventures in the City of Light would give me great pleasure.

Sending much love,

G

p. s. Be sure to follow along on Instagram @georgiannalane and @aparisianmoment, where I try to post most days.

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