On a Sea of Dreams

Hello, my friends – we’re back from a magical adventure: nine days in glorious Venezia and a quick visit to our dear old London.

Venice first captivated me during a cold, brief, middle-of-the-night visit one March many years ago. In a way, that misty, surreal stroll through eerily quiet streets was a fitting introduction to this most hauntingly unique city.

Following that night, I wrote a story about the ghosts I’d imagined accompanying me through the empty streets – the adventurers, explorers, writers, painters and scores of others – the brilliant, the famous, the infamous – who’d lived in and been inspired by the outrageous beauty that is Venice. La Serenissima always beckoned me back to fulfill a long-held dream. And after all these years, I now have the images to join with the words.

As expected, we have many photos to share. Here, a few of my initial favorites:
  I hope you have been well. Thank you so much for all your visits and comments. They are more than appreciated and I’ll be catching up over the next few days. Ciao! xo – g

Garden Treasures and Spring Break

Hello, dear friends! Stopping in quickly with a few images from a test shoot I did last week for an upcoming project. The flowers are Helleborus, also known as Lenten Rose or hellebore, and they’re blooming abundantly in our garden this week. Also shown in the top photo are the white flowers of candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), blossoms from our Pieris (Andromeda) shrub, Variegated Italian Buckthorn (my favorite shrub) and some fronds from Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa).

And, although I rarely do this, I’m officially taking a short blogging break from now until the end of the month. I’ll be working on some very exciting projects and will share them in early May. In the meantime, there is a clue to one in a photo above, in case you like puzzles. :)

Thank you so much for all your visits and comments! I hope the rest of April is amazing for you and I will be checking back in very soon.

much love, – g

p.s. While on break, I hope to post some fun updates via Twitter and Facebook and would love to have you follow along if you’d like.

From Our Woodland Garden

Photographed today – cuttings from our woodland garden.
(Displayed on pretty papers by Brenda Walton for K and Company.)

The woodland garden is a 55-foot long area on the west side of our home. When we bought our property almost five years ago, it had quite a bit of bare ground covered with mulch. Over the years I’ve filled it in with dozens of flowering plants, grasses, ferns, shrubs and hundreds of bulbs. Any bare earth remaining is now covered with a soft, yellow-green moss. The rock wall above used to be awful concrete block. Two years ago, D painstakingly hand cut stone veneer and mortared it onto the entire 55-foot length. Now it is a beautiful, special feature. Our kitchen and entry windows overlook this part of the garden, a source of magical delight after a gloomy winter. The birds love it, too – a true fairy garden.

When these beauties begin to fade, the next wave of blooms will begin. Soon to come are Aquilegia (columbine), Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart), Japanese Painted Fern, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas, tulips, Lily of the Valley and bluebells.
I hope this brought some springtime magic to your week!

much love,

– g

p. s. The next issue of my newsletter will be out tomorrow and includes some great French postcard printables and photo tips. You can still sign up using the link on the sidebar.

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