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Street Garden

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The cities in Holland feature housing where front doors open onto the pavement.

There’s no threshold between the world and your door.

But the Dutch urbanites haven’t been put off by the close proximity of the world. There are many great examples of people creating green space right there.

The hollyhock is one key bloom in this little battle for green and I find it uplifting when the summer comes in and they soar into the landscape in town. As you can see above no space is too small.

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On this street every tree has a ring if hollyhocks at its base. This has the effect of creating a massive floristry display.

The houseboat is another dwelling where greenery is a challenge but it’s not an effective problem in Amsterdam.

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Believe it or not this is the access to one such house boat!

Meanwhile, for some, planting between the cracks isn’t enough.

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The pavement doesn’t have to be a barren wasteland at all. Pots can be added. Planters and benches. Every space is utilised.

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Looks like there’s a green solution to suit every outdoor space!

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20 comments on “Street Garden

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely update thank you for sharing Liz HAVE A BLESSED DAY

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  2. quarteracrelifestyle
    July 10, 2014

    How very pretty! I love Hollyhocks.

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  3. ladyofthecakes
    July 10, 2014

    Yup, the hollyhocks is my favourite, too πŸ™‚

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  4. Chloris
    July 10, 2014

    I always thought of hollyhocks as a typical English country cottage flower. How lovely to see them used in a Dutch town setting like this. They look marvellous.

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  5. lizard100
    July 10, 2014

    That’s so true. I hadn’t thought about that contrast. They are tremendous in this city context too.

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  6. Expat Eye
    July 10, 2014

    Looks great! πŸ™‚ Love that they use every available space!

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    • lizard100
      July 10, 2014

      Yep! It’s great. The cities are pretty green and then there’s this.

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  7. silverbells2012
    July 10, 2014

    I love seeing views of places I don’t know πŸ™‚

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    • lizard100
      July 10, 2014

      Thanks. It’s a treat walking down the street.

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      • silverbells2012
        July 10, 2014

        I can imagine. Some streets in Leeds would benefit from a bit of that. Would probably get kicked in or nicked, though!

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      • lizard100
        July 10, 2014

        Yes that’s a problem.

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  8. Anne Lene
    July 10, 2014

    It really doesn’t take a lot to create a “garden”, love the pictures πŸ™‚

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  9. Heather
    July 12, 2014

    Inspirational πŸ™‚

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  10. Rambling Woods
    July 13, 2014

    I love all the green in a city setting…

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  11. Andrew Petcher
    July 13, 2014

    Does the pavement belong to the property owner or the local authority? I think if we did that in the UK then the council would soon order its removal. Shame, it’s a good idea.

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    • lizard100
      July 13, 2014

      I think here they only object if it’s a nuisance : )

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