It has been great fun to go through the files of pictures I have from the Birmingham pot project. I am so glad I have these pictures. A garden is ephemeral at best; a container planting-yours for one season only. I am not going to talk about all of these pots I have done over the years-just picture them for anyone who never had a chance to see them. If you drove by them-here is a still image. I am up close to them in the designing and planting phase-not so much the grown out phase. But I did make an effort to photograph at 6am one Sunday morning every year in August, so I could see what had transpired. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed planting these pots.
The very best thing a body of work does for any designer is to permit and push them to whatever place lies ahead. I am happy to have had the opportunity to do them. I am casting at this moment a pair of Birmingham planters for a new project in Birmingham-this new work brings back memories of producing those pots so many years ago.
As much as I went over the design and the plant list, the very best part about these pots was how they grew out. I would be an idiot to suggest that the interaction of this inky fingers coleus and these few striking fingers of lime licorice was a finish I planned in advance. My plan-anything but what you see here. This mature pot is all about the nature of plant interactions, the nature of growing-nature.
This pot may be the closest I will ever get to fashion design. I will let this post go at that.