Things are lushest at the end of summer, especially this summer in Berlin. Weeks of rain alternating with a few super-hot days mean plants growing prodigiously and in more places than I’ve ever seen – or am I just noticing them more? Above, arugula elbows in next to the stinging nettle near the Modersohnbrücke in Friedrichshain, the bridge where young folks gather to watch the sunset. Now they can have a little snack with their cheap beer.
Trees of heaven and other proliferating plants have grown together into a solid wall of green near the station entrance at Ostbahnhof. I’m pretty sure few, if any, of these plants were planted deliberately, yet they look wonderful, don’t they?
And even between the cracks of the smallest cobblestones plants are asserting their personalities. These tiny pansies are as angry as their larger counterparts, which I saw planted around the corner from them earlier this year, in Oberbaum City / Rudolfkiez.
I even spotted a fairy ring of urban fungi on a traffic island right in the middle of 6 lanes of traffic, on Karl-Marx-Allee, one of Berlin’s busiest thoroughfares.
Looking forward to reveling in the overflowing greenery until autumn starts to show its colors. Share you pictures with us via the contact form or by tagging #urbanplants on Instagram.