Girls Who Love Flowers

I’ve been nearly bursting to share this for months and today is the day! I’m skipping in the sunshine to announce my creative collaboration with Erin Benzakein, the brilliant floral designer and owner of Floret Flower Farm. Erin’s floral wizardry leaves me speechless and her exuberant, crazy, flower-filled life is a whirling dance with sweet peas and roses and all things flowery, as documented on her addictive blog. An organic farm, Floret is in the beautiful Skagit Valley, an hour north of us, so I decided to contact Erin. We met, we planned, we plotted and now we’re on a high-energy, petal-strewn adventure to create amazing images that showcase our work and celebrate the endless beauty and magic of flowers.

Could any thing be more exquisite than this bouquet she created?

Recently, along with our model, Deanna, we spent a sun-drenched afternoon and evening at a neighboring farm, complete with weathered barn, tractor, farm truck, chickens, Shetland ponies and authentic, rustic atmosphere..

Photo by Georgianna Lane, Flowers by Floret Flower Farm

We hope that you like the images – this is just one of many shoots that we’ve worked on over the last several months so you’ll be seeing more very soon. And do visit Erin’s blog for even more floral abundance. Thank you, Erin and Deanna for everything you did to make it so much fun.

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And I am delighted to announce the winner of the Parisian Hideaway book giveaway. I read with great interest each of your responses and was captivated by your descriptions of the magic of Paris, even if you haven’t visited yet. Thank you all for participating.

The winner is Jocelyne Deneau of Inspired and Pretty – congratulations, my friend! I will send your book out on Monday.

A happy and flower-filled weekend to you all.

much love,

g

The Balcony Gardener, England

In between visits to Paris and Amsterdam in May, I spent a few lovely days in England, where I had the great pleasure of photographing the new product line for London garden designer Isabelle Palmer and her company, The Balcony Gardener. Isabelle specializes in creating beautiful container gardens that can be ordered online and delivered right to the door of city dwellers who want to create their own private refuge in the city. Her new book, The Balcony Gardener, has been recently published and is a wonderful treasure trove of ideas, techniques and guidance for anyone wishing to create their own urban oasis, no matter how small their space.

Isabelle first found my work through my website and emailed about hiring me for her upcoming shoot, not realizing I am based in the States. But both of us wanted to make it work and managed to schedule the shoot to coincide with my Europe trip. Everything fell into place and before long I found myself navigating the country roads of England with my rusty left hand driving skills in a hire car filled with my gear, provisions from Marks and Spencer and a very polite British GPS voice (“If at all possible, please proceed to make a left hand turn in 100 metres.”). After many weeks of planning, narrowing down the date and crossing our fingers, the weather was more than kind to us. Along with her great team and very talented stylist Marisa Daly, we had a busy, productive day in nearly full sunshine at a stunning garden in the West Midlands.

Here are some of my shots from the day. You can see the full product line on The Balcony Gardener website.

And Isabelle was lovely to feature my work on her blog here. Thank you, Isabelle, for your enthusiasm for my work and for having me be part of your new launch. It was a really, really super day, wasn’t it?

Do visit The Balcony Gardener, especially if you live in the UK, for lots of fun and creative additions to your garden.

(I’ll be back on Friday to share images from a new collaboration and to announce the winner of the giveaway.)

Until then,

love,

– g

Singular Beauties

Singular means only one but can also mean exceptional; extraordinary; remarkable.

As we cross the metaphorical bridge into the second half of the year, I find singular an apt word to use as a springboard for appreciating the unique beauties and blessings, tangible and intangible, that have graced the days thus far.

These favorite flowers – roses, ranunculus, peonies – and their ephemeral, wondrous petals, simple and delicate, might represent the smaller and possibly less noticed joys that grow and unfold throughout the season’s passing. I feel fortunate to capture and hold in some fashion their transcendent beauty, preserved for future examination and delight. And gathered all together, they create a magical, fantasy bouquet of dreams.

We all have such beauties blooming in our lives – simple pleasures that make the journey worthwhile. May we celebrate them!

Happy weekend, my friends.

with love,

– g

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