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Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Doorway Gardening February 6, 2009

Filed under: Colour,Flower,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 2:09 pm
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Doorway Garden

Originally uploaded by Beck Nakusp

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.


3 Responses to “Doorway Gardening”

  1. Glo Says:

    I think pots of plants placed here and there are a wonderful way to brighten up areas. They can be placed strategically, and when the flowers have passed their prime, can be replaced with pots of others. There certainly are lots of plants on the steps in the photo you posted ;), a little too many for me I think, but it shows that groups of pots can produce a garden easily. I’m looking forward to seeing my little pots of spring bulbs sprout, just like you are waiting for your bulbs in your windowboxes to grow.

  2. Flighty Says:

    To see plants anywhere is a joy and especially like this in cities where garden space is often non-existent!
    Some places put them everywhere and use almost anything for containers. It’s also surprising to see just what’s grown as well.

  3. @ Glo – Maybe I shouldn’t say this but what surprises me most is that with that amount of containers they haven’t been stolen yet. Maybe that’s just my neighbourhood! Also, the ‘shoot-watch’ has been put on hold with the cold snap – nothing it moving anywhere at the moment.

    @ Flighty – I sometimes wonder what it would be like if everyone in the city flats used their ledge space to put a bit of colour into the city. I suspect it would look amazing and beautiful!

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