I’m trying something a little new today by blogging directly from my Flickr account. Not sure how this will end up looking but there’s no harm in trying, is there?
To get all philosophical for a moment; growing plants in window boxes is about trying to blur the boundaries between the basic need for shelter and the wish to be outside in the fresh air. With limited space a verdant window box full of colourful flowers reminds us of the joy and freedom of nature, even while we are pottering about in our safe and cosy bolthole, weighed down with life’s worries and problems. They also look quite pretty 😉
In the city there’s a constant tension between the drive for development and the desire for green spaces. Plans for new builds show rows of trees, hanging baskets and perfect grass verges but the reality is often very different as short term economic decisions over-ride long term environmental ones.
But even when everything doesn’t work out as originally planned people can still make a difference to the neighbourhood by brightening up a dark corner or, as is the case with the picture here, creating their own garden from nothing. The honour guard of containers making the transition from public to private much more natural than the cold stone stoop would ordinarily achieve.