Hello, friends! I have returned from my long journeying of abundant adventures. As promised, here is a selection of images from our perfect day at the largest rose garden in Europe – Coloma Rose Garden in Belgium.
A garden is a wonderful sanctuary in which to dream, to reflect, to heal, isn’t it? The many solitary hours I spent roaming through this vast eden of roses soothed and restored a measure of tranquility, and the moated castle inspired flights of fantasy.
With 30,000 rose bushes and 3,000 varieties from around the globe, a single visit to Coloma cannot do justice to its magnificent display. And so, a return trip should always be part of the planning.
The municipality of Sint-Pieters-Leewu, just south of Brussels, must be acknowledged for the seemingly effortless presentation of one of the most magnificent rose gardens in the world.
Much more from our travels to come, dear friends. We hope you are well and happy. And I’d love to hear about your favorite rose gardens and perhaps even visit them one day.
Travel notes: Coloma Park and Castle, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium. Open from 15 May through 30 October. Wonderful restaurant/cafe on premises. Free parking. We visited on June 14 and most roses were at their peak. I would recommend visiting a few weeks earlier if you’d like to enjoy the many climbing roses draped on trellises throughout the garden, which tend to bloom in late May.
Taking advantage of a brief lull in my European travels for a quick update and to share a styled shoot I recently did. Most often, I am lucky with the weather wherever I go. On the rare day that I am “rained out”, my usual activity is to stock up on beautiful props and do some indoor still life photographs. A week or so ago, thunderstorms across western Europe prompted photos of summer-colored macarons from Laduree complimented by the pink and green roses D gave me for our anniversary. I hope you enjoy them and that they don’t leave you craving too many sweets.
My journeys are wrapping up soon and I have some incredible adventures to share in the coming months. For example, just yesterday D and I spent the day at the largest rose garden in Europe, a few minutes south of Brussels, and I really don’t have words to express its beauty. But I do have quite a few photos of the more than 30,000 (!) rose bushes and you’ll see them in the next post.
Thank you for your continued visits and comments. They mean so much when I’m far from home. Hoping you are well and looking forward to catching up very soon.
Hello, dear friends!
I’m back on the road after a couple of quick weeks at home for priorly scheduled seasonal projects and to tend my sweet garden. Honestly I’ve lost track of how many planes, trains, trams, taxis, boats, buses, automobiles, metros, tubes and other forms of transport I’ve been on over the last several months! No complaints at all but it does make keeping up with blog posts and visits tricky, especially frustrating when I have so many fun adventures to share with you. Ah, well, we’ll have all summer for that.
I couldn’t let peony season go by without a celebratory post of these images. Last year I was very fortunate to make several visits to North Field Farm near the Canadian border, owned by the amazing Geraldine, introduced to me by my great pal Erin at Floret Flower Farm. Geraldine’s passion, knowledge and generosity made each trip a delight (not to mention the buckets of peonies she lavished upon me to photograph in my studio).
Part of my delay in posting has to do simply with my own dithering as to what you might like to see – more travel or more florals? And I’d also love any recommendations you might have for destinations in northern France, Holland or Belgium, particularly photogenic villages and of course, flower markets!
Thank you for visiting and much love from me.