Chalkboard Roses

David Austin English Roses from my garden: Eglantyne, Lady Emma Hamilton, Graham Thomas, Othello, A Shropshire Lad

David Austin English Rose Eglantyne from my garden


David Austin Rose Geoff Hamilton from All My Thyme Farm


David Austin Rose Geoff Hamilton from All My Thyme Farm


David Austin Rose The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild from All My Thyme Farm


David Austin English Rose Queen of Sweden from All My Thyme


David Austin English Rose Queen of Sweden from All My Thyme


David Austin Rose Queen of Sweden from All My Thyme Farm

Hello, dear friends!

Autumn is truly here with its lacy golden and crimson leaves but that needn’t preempt our desire for roses!

Early in the summer, I had the great fortune to meet up with Dawn, a passionate flower grower in the Skagit Valley an hour north of me, whose beautiful farm, All My Thyme, specializes in David Austin and other sumptuous English garden roses. You can imagine that I was in heaven walking the fields with her and seeing all the varieties she grows. We spent hours discussing the finer points and challenges of so many favorites.

We embarked on a project (not yet complete) to photograph each one, so I began creating these petit bouquets. (The first one above features blooms from my garden and the rest showcase individual varieties from Dawn’s farm.)

Each image was photographed in my studio on a plain, charcoal-colored background. To create the impression of a chalkboard, I used the Chalkboard texture from my friend Shana’s wonderful Florabella texture collection.

In other news, we’ve just returned from a fantastic visit to New York City, where we were greeted by glorious weather and the first hints of autumn color. We stayed here (with a stunning view over the San Remo apartments and Central Park) and ate in fun Upper West side bistros like this one. But mostly we were up (painfully) early to photograph the sunrise in various locations, including Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. Will be sharing those images here soon.

Wishing you all a very happy and fulfilling week!

Much love,


Bonjour, Paris

Eiffel Tower Paris

Hello, dear friends! I do hope you are well.

Lately, amidst juggling so many matters requiring my attention, I’ve been imagining dawn over a peaceful Paris, with the river and elegant buildings bathed in a rose-gold light, shimmering in the morning air. To share it with you, I’ve attempted to capture this vision in a selection of images for next year’s Paris calendar. Literally, I reviewed thousands of photographs before I finally settled on this collection.

I do hope they inspire you travel to beautiful Paris, even in your imagination.

(The calendar itself is available in the shop now here and below are all twelve images. As always for my blogging friends, use coupon code CAL20 for 20% off.)

More adventures and calendars to come this week. (My apologies if you’ve not heard from me recently – a server glitch hid a number of your kind comments but I have them now and will respond very soon.) 

Thank you as always for your visits and thoughtful words.




Venice: The Pink Houses of Burano

Hello, my friends! I hope this finds you very well.

We are having the most gorgeous summer in Seattle with day after glorious day of sun, blue skies and late-lingering twilight. Our rambling garden might just be at its best ever and we are savoring each fragrant, breeze-filled moment.

Today I bring you pink-tinted, sun-washed scenes from the tiny island of Burano, a short boat trip from historic Venice. Known for exquisite lace making, colorful houses and striped doorway curtains, Burano presents a particular charm that is architecturally quite different from the elegant palazzi of the Grand Canal. Of course, not all the houses are pink (!) but I felt that, grouped together, they offer a bright, light-drenched ode to the season that I hope captures the unique atmosphere of the island and helps extend the giddy and uplifting joy that is summer.

As always, I thank you for visiting and wish you a lovely week ahead.



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