The Last Day Of My 61st

By coincidence, Melissa from M and M Flowers came to do her yearly pruning on the boxwood on the last day of my 61st year.  As this is just about my favorite day of the gardening year, I felt my previous year was coming to a close in a way that made me very happy indeed. 

topiary yews


pruning boxwood




green velvet boxwood





isotoma fluvialitis

My garden is a place very near and dear to me-it looked beautiful last night.  Spotless.  As is her usual way, the boxwood is beautifully pruned.  Her crew did not finish until almost 7 pm. All my thanks, Melissa and group.




  1. Tom in NC says

    Deborah. Happy Birthday. You don’t know me except through your blog, but I have to say you have been the one sending out gifts, all wrapped in green, tied with ribbons of nature’s hues, on waves of beauty and inspiration. Thank you so much. Tom.

  2. I’d be willing to bet that Melissa loves it when she gets to work on your yard!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Chad, She does like my yard! She and her sister Mindy are colleagues and good friends of mine. They know how to make a garden shine.

  3. Richard K says

    Happy Birthday Deborah! from your fellow Gemini friend in Cypress, Texas!
    What a treat … you get to celebrate a birthday and WE get the gift of your blog!

    I’ve really been enjoying your planting season this year … great topics! I love the “grow spheres” on your Facebook page … a hanging basket worthy of the DGW name!

    Wishing you many more happy birthdays … and many more blog posts…


    • Deborah Silver says

      Those grow spheres on our facebook page are Rob’s brainchild. It shouldn’t surprise you-given his holiday light rings! I will tell him you commented- “grow spheres” is a perfect name. Thanks, Richard.

  4. Silvia Weber says

    A perfect b-day gift! Happy Birthday!
    Gerry and Silvia

  5. And it looks like your summer flowers are in their pots! A nice birthday present indeed. Happy Birthday Deborah.

    • Deborah Silver says

      I only have one pot left to go-what a relief! I have been wortking on them for a week. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Deborah

  6. Your gardens look great! And oh… Happy Birthday too!

  7. Dear Deborah….
    I wish we were right next to you right now to give you a big Michael and Mathias sandwich hug on your special day. A Deborah sandwich….how yummy. Thanks you for all the special days you give us throughout the year. Xxoo. The other M&M

  8. Happy Birthday Deborah. I hope you have an amazing day. I enjoy every day you spend on here and I hope you continue. Your talent amazes me, it is like receiving a present every time I open a blog post.

  9. Magical.
    Wandering around your garden reveals your sense of humor and wonder with growing things.

    May I join the crowd to say Thank You to YOU for sharing so much with us that, in turn, inspires us to take the next step in the garden that we might not have thought of.

    Happy Belated birthday!

  10. Happy belated Deborah. Your property looks wonderful. Must be nice to come home to that beauty each day. What is the ground cover in the second picture from the top? I dropped out of Facebook. Have the spheres been featured in your blog?

  11. Tom Baldinette says

    Deborah. Truly a beautiful creation! And with barely a color beyond green. Which is the most amazing part to me. What beauty can be wrought by the hands of an artist.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Tom, I did plant all of my pots. When they start to look like something, I will take pictures. But all green is a look and feel that I really like. Deborah

  12. happy, happy birthday deborah!!

    your blog is a beautiful, generous year round birthday gift to all of your readers!

    i LOVE all of the clipped and shaped boxwood in your garden, particularly the clever boxwood sofas–i want some!

    thank you for sharing your expertise and imagination!


  13. Yes, thanks for all your gifts as Tom in NC said. That 2nd photo is restful, and enjoy each year.

  14. Happy 61st, Deborah. I always love to see photos of your beautiful home, which exudes simplicity, serenity, strength, timelessness — your mark is felt throughout. Hugs to the corgis, and a birthday hug to you too!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Denise, would that it was my 61st! I am now into the 2nd day of my 62nd, and all seems fine! Deborah

  15. Happy Birthday to a woman whose blog I can’t wait to read each time there’s a new post. As a non-writer, I find it difficult to put feelings about gardening into words. You do it so well. Thank you!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Thanks for your letter Margaret. Some writing is defintely better than others, but I really enjoy it. And I enjoy taking the pictures. I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule soon!

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