Happy Anniversary, Delphine

I read Paradis Express regularly.  Delphine Gitterman writes this blog-she truly loves anything and everything relating to the garden.  She doesn’t write so much.  She publishes lots of pictures.  We have become fast friends, via an internet that permitted us to talk, and get to know one another.  She lives some 40 miles north of Paris; I live in Michigan.  She is an art director; her partner Lucien is a garden designer.  

This past fall Rob shopped for Detroit Garden Works in France.  One night of that trip involved a dinner-Rob visited Delphine and Lucien.  Via skype, Delphine called me.  I got to be part of that dinner.  Via skype, she was exactly whom I thought she would be.  Energetic.  Committed.  Thoughtful, and passionate.  Compassionate.  She wore me out.  Thank God she has made time for me.  The images she assembles for her blog are always striking and provocative.

She has a passion and enthusiam for the garden few others could match.  Her interests are wide ranging.  How she circles the globe, and reports on gardens and artists amazes me.  Her blog is five years old. Her pictures sass me.  They energize my thinking.  They enchant me.  Do you read Paradis Express?  If not, you might take a look.

This photograph published on her anniversary post says everything about Delphine.  A tiny truck, hauling an enormous Christmas tree accurately describes her.  She would willingly move a mountain of ideas with a spoon. She is one single person beaming to all of us about the miracle that is nature.  Her take-decidedly unconventional. 

She has a voice that I greatly admire.  Happy anniversary, Delphine.


  1. Oh my ! you want me to cry behind my collegues, while i’m at the office, discovering this post in the early morning ? (9 is early morning for me !!)

    I’m so happy and proud to have such a friend like you. This is a reciprocal (does this word exist ?) admiration.
    Now,i hope for the next step : comming one day to the United States. Or maybe you could come here with Rob ?

    Merci merci merci, ma chère amie.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Delphine, you have such great spirit and energy. Lucky for me to have met you. Someday maybe in person! Thank you dear friend. Deborah

  2. Yes, Delphine’blog is wonderfull, and I go to see it every day. Allways a great pleasure, like yours in fact!I knew your blog and your work with Paradise Express and I became a fan of what you do. It’s gorgeous! You will see on my blog I talk about you and I tried to do something, thanks to your great ideas!
    Thank you for all this beauty, and this tribute to Delphine who deserves!
    Have a good day and thanks

    • Deborah Silver says

      Joelle, thank you for your letter. I did look at your blog Matinluminex.blogspot.com-I think it is great ! Your house looks so beautiful decorated for the holidays. I loved the pictures of the animal friends. Deborah

  3. Yes, I go to her blog daily and enjoy it as I do your blog. Both of you are incredibly unique and talented. Blogging on a regular schedule must be very time consuming, but I am happy, appreciative and inspired each day that I find a new post.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Carla, I don’t too often post every day, but I try to get close. It is a committment to write-and to take the pictures, but I really enjoy it. But for the writing, I would never have come in contact with Delphine-or you. Thanks for your letter, Deborah

  4. Well said and all so very true.

  5. I, too, am a devoted reader of Delphine’s. I’d love to know her secret for discovering so many amazing photos.

    You are both tops in my book!

  6. Dear Deborah,
    Thank you for your wonderful post of the Fabulous Delphine of Paradise Express.
    It was through her blog that I have come to know your beautiful horticultural craftswomanship.
    Both of you are creative inspiration to me.
    Happy holiday season,
    Michelle Derviss

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