Spring Snowflakes

Spring Snowflake, Leucojum vernum, photographed by Georgianna Lane, flowers by Floret Flower Farm

 

Leucojum, spring snowflake, in woodland garden in spring

 

Hello friends and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Celebrating in green and white, and since many of you are experiencing unexpected (and perhaps un-wished for) snowflakes this week, here is a sweet flowering bulb called just that – Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum). Along with its variant, Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum), it is sometimes mistaken for a snowdrop, but flowers a week or two later. So, although you may not appreciate winter hanging on as it seems to be in many areas, this shows that some spring snowflakes can be most welcome.

Our woodland garden is awake and blooming with daffodils, hellebores, early rhododendrons, hyacinth and periwinkle! The first robins and winter wrens are singing with gusto at dawn and, a sure sign of spring: D is preparing the lawns for new seeding. The office is filled at this moment with the heady scent of a luxurious bouquet of deep purple hyacinth, harvested yesterday by Erin from her greenhouse at Floret. (I do know I am very lucky!)

Wherever you are, we wish you a week of happy adventures and joy in the simple beauties of life.

with love,

G

It’s Time

narcissus

narcissus

narcissus bridal crown

narcissus

narcissus

narcissus

narcissus

(Flowers by Floret Flower Farm, styled and photographed by Georgianna Lane)

 

Hello, dear friends! I couldn’t wait any longer! Now that the calendar says March and so much life is pushing up in the garden, I could delay not a minute more in sharing these images of the sweetest, cheeriest flowers of all (in my view).

When I was growing up, we spent several years on a little farm in Oregon that faced an enormous field of daffodils. I so well remember the glorious fragrance of the rows of brave, yellow soldiers – among the first beacons of spring.

Although I grow many varieties of narcissus myself, this particular shoot from last year features the dizzying array grown by Erin at Floret. When she dropped off several buckets of blooms last March, I couldn’t resist styling them this way and that way to show them off.

We are a few weeks away from this abundance being a reality this year but isn’t the anticipation of spring a delightful part of its magic? So much to look forward to, days of bursting beauty and new growth.

And bursting is what we are doing here with new plans, adventures and projects. I know it’s been a bit quiet here so far this year due to other things needing my attention but now we’re gearing up for some amazing endeavors. It’s a good challenge to spring clean the clutter and streamline the way for the best year of creativity yet, isn’t it?

It’s time!

Thinking of you and wishing each of you a weekend filled with beauty.

much love,

G

p. s. Erin doing a little survey over at her blog and would love your input!

Romantic Vignettes of Paris

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends – I’ve brought you roses from Paris!

This week I’ve been working on gathering up the images from my most recent trip to Paris into little themed collections, available in the shop, called Paris Vignettes.

As these all had roses of various hue, I’m presenting them to you on this day of romance. I think it’s lovely to send Valentines and Valentine’s greetings to anyone you feel affection for. Not everyone has a special someone to celebrate with (D for instance is in Chile) but everyone should be able to celebrate in knowing they are loved by friends, family and co-workers. So, with that, I send each of you love, hearts and roses. And leave you with some links to bring beauty and romance to your day:

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I’ve just gotten a new post up at Paris By Two, inspired by the fairly cold and gloomy weather there right now.

My friend Nicole in South Africa has just released the latest and most gorgeous issue of her online magazine, Vintage Lifestyle. You can view the whole issue here.

For all things floral, I do hope you read Rona’s blog, Flowerona. If you’re not a regular reader, you are in for a daily treat.

And finally, take a tour of the most amazing rose farm in Australia at Blooming Lovely. Thanks to Erin for sharing it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

much love,

G

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