It's amazing what people will do to bring a little green and garden into their lives. The photo of the second floor patio was taken last week in the center of Montreal. It faces south west, which means that it gets a nice amount of sunshine, but is not too hot in the middle of the day.
The second photo is one I took in Lisbon in May. The neighborhood is much older, and while part of it is being spiffied up, this building needs some paint and stucco work. Yet the people who live there obviously cared about having flowers just outside the window.
The third is of a garden arranged on the steps leading into a store front on one of Montreal's busiest streets.
The point is that if you want green, you can have it just about anywhere. Here's a link to an interesting blog (from cold Calgary, no less) that specializes in balcony gardens, by the way: The Balcony Gardener.
And for more about the relationship between people, nature and urban places, you might find my book Green City interesting.
Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her new collection of short stories, Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography, will be published by Oberon Press in November, … more
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