Happy New Year! I’m sending you all my sunniest greetings for the new year, and apologies for the long silence. I escaped gray Berlin for three sunny weeks driving up and down my home state of California, meeting with my Urban Plant collaborator Sara in picturesque Napa Valley and spotting urban plants all along the way!
Most notably, a double stroke of fresh, green luck has struck the otherwise grimy doorstep of my sister’s apartment in San Francisco’s Mission district. Until lately, the stoop had been home only to various tipsy passersby and a street performer affectionately dubbed “Bum Jovi.”
Now, an unknown urban gardener has installed two immense brown clay planters, neatly nestled into the metal railings bent around each side of the stoop steps, and planted a number of flimsy-yet-upbeat green neighbors in each one. Further inspection revealed a suspiciously familiar cracked, round object at the base of several of these plants… avocado pits! Which leaves no further doubt about the situation: the landlord, or some other plant-loving neighbor, spent all his or her money on the vessels and had no more funds for the actual plants – but has a formidable avocado-consumption habit that generates plantable pits aplenty.
Whoever he or she may be, I warmly applaud the person behind these new plants, and commend the loving attention to their well-being. Doesn’t the string tied around them, holding them together in a cozy bunch, just warm your heart?
Wishing you all a great year of city life, greenery, and urban plant discovery!