Is this street empty of trees or full of them? Depends on how you count ‘em.
The sight of these purple crocuses, sprouting out of the grass on my street in large numbers, made me stop in my tracks. Yes, Berlin has seen much unseasonably mild weather this winter. A friend’s strawberry plants started fruiting at New Year’s. But crocuses in February seem a bit much. Will the frost return and kill them? And will they then fail to return when the real spring arrives?
Why do these plants appear to be planted in takeout containers? They caught my eye during a recent trip via Copenhagen’s stylish airport. At first I thought they were bamboo, and ethnic stereotyping was at work in some weird way, but they are some other tall, grassy plant which I couldn’t identify. Any ideas?
Winter may not seem like the best time to visit a botanical garden. It’s cold, the trees look stark and leafless, and the smaller plants look, well, pathetic. But as I recently saw in Lund, Sweden, a garden in winter holds other other surprises…
Standing on the snowy sidewalk in Berlin-Friedrichshain this morning, I saw a large, many-handed plant waving at me from Royal, the corner bar across the street from the Rudolfsplatz park. This bar only opens around dinnertime, so during the day, the many plants are the only living things around.
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In one summer, William Niendorff photographed more than 80 of Berlin’s larger parks and green spaces, from former airfields to lakeside idylls. You might remember seeing his photos here at UPR or on his blog, Planting Art. Now hundreds of his images from Summer 2013 have come together in his new book, Berlin Green Places, which you can view in its entirety online. Enjoy!
This winter, two trees in Hasselt, Belgium managed to deliver a blow to a brick wall in a café parking lot, reports local designer Pablo Hannon, who sent these pictures from the scene of the battle.