Last week, I saw this photo at Tête, an artist-run gallery in Berlin. It’s part of an exhibition of new work by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse and Unn Fahlstrøm, on view through Sunday. Though Florian’s work in the show is not primarily about plants — it is a series of observations about the way people live in Korean cities — in several images, the photographer’s eye for plants is clear.
Since spring is so early this year in Berlin, the Bärlauch (wild garlic) is already at the height of its season here. We went foraging yesterday at the Volkspark Pankow. Some Bärlauch tips I’ve posted earlier:
- Take an edible herb walk in Berlin: Post 1, Post 2
- Recipe ideas for Bärlauch (sandwiches, barley risotto)
What spring vegetables and fruits are coming in season where you are? What are you foraging?
Spotted this terrifying scene in a travel agent’s window while strolling around Berlin’s Schöneberg district last week. While the oblivious agent calmly sold tickets to two customers, a violent plant was attacking one of the planes parked in the window, while various carved figurines passively looked on.
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…