The Photographs

glazed French pots

You may have noticed that this website has a new format.   Indeed it does.  My big interest in updating the blog was that the photographs would be bigger-better.  Clearer.  I am no different than most; say what you will, but show me a picture.  A photograph communicates in a graceful yet direct way. The picture of this French pot does a vastly better job of explaining the look than a collection of words.

A photograph does not require good grammar, or proper punctuation.  A good photograph of a garden can capture the light, the weather-the moment.  The written word-a labor of love which invariably looks like labor.  My pictures-sometimes they capture in one fell swoop what would take me 800 words to describe.

Italian terra cotta pots

I have days when I am not interested in reading the words.  I only have eyes for a visual moment. It took me a few days to learn how to use this new format. The lag time made me furious!  What garden writer wants to be out of touch the latter half of May?  But  I am pleased with the results.

mossy clay pots

I like the bigger pictures.  And that you can see them even bigger yet, if you click on them.  As for my post yesterday about the process of choosing great pots, here is an addendum.  A visual addendum.

The gardener who would fall for this contemporary Belgian glazed pot is entirely different from the gardener who would choose wirework plant stands.  The gardener who would mix them in a grouping of pots-another sort. But enough of the talk-enjoy the pictures.

cast iron jardiniere

French cast iron jardiniere

American ridged concrete bowl pot

two-tiered plant stand
two tiered wirework plant stand

English concrete rectangle

glazed French terra cotta

glazed French terra cotta

limestone urn detail

concrete pots

brick and rock pot

terra cotta pots

Rob planted these Italian terra cotta pots.  The combination of great pots and great plants-truly lovely.



  1. I love the photos with all their detail. The limestone urn detail looks like the latch on the just completed Lake house gate. Your pictures are worth a thousand words….although I do also love your thousand words.

  2. A great site made even better. I always liked that I could “click” on the photos to make them bigger (huge) – some I save in a folder for later design ideas. I used sweet alyssum in my spring containers for the the first time, because of your inspiration – they looked great. I’m looking forward to your book – maybe if I start the rumor, it will become a reality?

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Keith, it seems there is a glitch now with the pictures getting bigger-I am sure it will get fixed tomorrow. I’d love to do a book some time! Deborah

  3. I love the new format and being able to enlarge the photos; when I tried with the previous format they warped. The new spacing on the text is lovely also. And of course the quality of writing and photos keeps me returning!

    One request: you seriously reduced the number of categories for entries that you have listed over on the right side, and one of the categories you deleted was the one for containers. I know I can use the search box, but somehow it doesn’t seem the same. I’ve been trying to find some photos of your edge of the roof store boxes without much luck.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Babs, the new blog is what I would call “a big fluid situation”!! The changeover is still in process. I will talk to the person who redid the site for me to see if we can restore the containers category. I am trying to list all of my summer container posts under summer. There are not so many pictures of the roof boxes, as they are so hard to photograph from the ground. I will see if I can find some for you. Thanks for reading. Deborah

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