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Large houseplant behind a storefront window

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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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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Huge agave plant in a pot, leaves bound together with straps.

From Berlin’s science and tech campus in Adlershof, this picture was sent in by Marko Förstel, who recently encountered a large newcomer among the plants in the oval lobby of an office building on Albert-Einstein-Straße.

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Ball of spiky pale green foliage hanging from strings

Two surprises awaited me this past Saturday as I took a walk from Neukölln to Kreuzberg, getting acclimated in Berlin again after a week in the heat of Spain. First, I realized that one of my favorite greenmarkets, the “Turkish market” (held on Tuesdays and Fridays on Maybachufer), has spun off a third, Saturday market dedicated to fabrics and handcrafts. There, I was doubly surprised to find an airy, minimal stand in shades of dusty green and creamy white, offering an array of strange air plants with nary a root or speck of soil in sight.

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Fake plastic trees in an old East Berlin clinic with vintage sign.

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Houseplants behind windows in snowy courtyard

A winter view from back in January, with a tropical plant and a gaggle of amaryllis  framed by windows, stuck inside by the winter snow. Today, the sun has melted the last of the snow away; Berliners – people and plants alike – are turning their faces towards the rare rays. It feels a little like spring, only the trees are still bare and, it being only the beginning of February, we know there could still be snowstorms and chilly days ahead.

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Berlin-based jade plant in American expatriate household showed sudden interest in US politics Wednesday morning, apparently celebrating Barack Obama’s re-election.

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