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Potted aloe plant adorned with small bows

Happy New Year, plant friends! Thanks for your patience with our silence during the holiday season. Let’s kick off the new year with a reader photo. Responding to the bound agave photo we posted recently, Phyllis Fong sent in this photo of a plant that’s been tied up much more gently. Why? Well, that has her perplexed… and us too.

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Apartment building and trees which are titled at a 30 degree angle to the street.

When the fog lifts from gray San Francisco and Indian summer sun floods the up-and-down streets, the plants and buildings suddenly show their true colors in all their vividness. Some plants are painted on, others are trimmed into submission, while others grow into their own forms, whether creating sidewalk tunnels or two-dimensional trees. Here’s a little photo walk around San Francisco’s Mission and Noe Valley neighborhood back when the sun was shining.

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Sign in garden reading "Freilandlabor Britz e.V." with illustration of a friendly fox.

Is the clever, bespectacled fox on this Britzer Garten sign a depiction of the same fox we saw taking a stroll? And why are foxes considered to be so clever?

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Escalator under Water @ South Ferry

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, as documented above by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, included flooding in the South Ferry subway station in lower Manhattan, home to the lovely tree installation by the Starn brothers we reported on four years ago. Back then, the station looked like this:

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Did you ever wonder… what can happen under… under a manhole cover? I had to stop in my tracks while strolling around Sonntagstraße in Berlin-Friedrichshain recently – there was something alive down there!

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Row of potted flowers on edge of sidewalk

“Some gangsta primulas hanging tough in the urban jungle of Hove,” as described and captured by a Brighton resident.

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Blossoming tree under streetlight at night

Today’s springtime urban plant beauty was captured at nighttime, by Sarah Parker, in a Home Depot parking lot near Washington, D.C. I’ve always found blossoming spring trees to be most beautiful at night, glowing under the streetlights, but have never gotten a good shot of them. I’m so glad Sarah captured this sight for us all to enjoy. It’s so beautiful that I’ll leave my usual worries about light pollution and plant insomnia aside. You can check out more photos on Sarah’s Statigram page. Have a great spring weekend, everyone!

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