Amsterdam container gardens


New York could really learn a thing or two from Amsterdam about container gardening. It seems like every other house has a collection of mismatched pots with rambling roses or wisteria or some other delicious unknown. And this was winter, I can only imagine how it would look in the late summer or during peak bulb season.























Amsterdammers use every available city inch for growing, with pots tumbling out on to the sidewalk and hanging vines overhead. Next spring, I vow to redouble my measly fire escape efforts and save it from its current incarnation as my graveyard for empty pots. Morning Glories winding along the rails. Herbs galore. Zinnias!! Finally, a new years resolution that doesn't fill me with dread.

23 comments:

  1. I think my roommate and I may have to follow your lead come spring. We're currently living on the second floor of an apartment building and we have a charming little balcony devoid of any color. I think a series of containers filled with beautiful flowers may be exactly what we need. Thanks to both you and the Amsterdammers for the inspiration! :)

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  2. That looks so beautiful! It's enchanting, and the living colours add life to the city.

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  3. i love all these little plants... I like keeping little cacti of various shapes/sizes on my desk - they don't require too much attention (i have not much of a greenthumb) but they (ironically) keep my room feeling cozy

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  4. Such beautiful photos you've been posting! I'm so glad you made it to Bruges and enjoyed Brussels and Amsterdam. And Paris, obvs, although it has been much longer since I've been there myself. Someday I hope to make it back to that part of the world, but when it's warm out. Wouldn't that be something? I'm always there around Christmas. When I was in Bruges, the canals were frozen! Brrr.

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  5. Gorgeous pictures!!! And oooh, the greenery takes my breath away - simply beautiful.

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  6. Lovely photos! I live in an apartment too and have tons of potted plants on my patio as well as orchids and other houseplants inside. Nothing (including a lack of a yard) could stop me from gardening, lol :D

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  7. I’m lovin Amsterdam..I’ve never been but would love to go...what great ideas! I’m having a GIVEAWAY come on by.

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  8. Oh so beautiful and inspiring. These images makes you want to live there. Beautiful.

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  9. Love the way you bring the plants to life through a picture!!!

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  10. yes! i was admiring these photos on your flickr. so so pretty. it filled my head with visions of containers at my house in the spring.
    fornow i've been putting more effort into my houseplants. and the extra attention is really helping them. i love plants.

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  11. I'm envisioning vines cascading and crisscrossing over your windows.

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  12. These photos are beautiful. I miss Amsterdam, it's been a good long while. Thanks for sharing these. Good luck with your fire escape.

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  13. Inspiring! I like the number 5 on the wall. I saw something similar when I visited a small town nearby here. the staircases were decorated with pots, it was charming.

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  14. This is exactly what I had in mind for my Wonderous Windowsill Garden! But then it snowed.

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  15. I could also learn a thing or two. I failed miserably when I tried to garden in containers. :)

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  16. These photos are awesome! i'm new to gardening and i love container gardens, this is just so inspiring! i'm glad i found your blog :)

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  17. The lace curtains with little mushroom figurines is too cute!

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  18. Oh, the loveliness of your dreamy travel photos continue to astound! I adore container gardens. Don't you wish you had one of those indoor greenhouse rooms like the one Ally Mcdowell has in the movie greencard? I could totally see you with one of those.

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  19. Lovely photos. Amsterdam looks so beautiful and picturesque. I'm going to make it next on my dream holiday list. You've inspired me to think about what I can do with my window sills next year!

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  20. The bike is my favorite part of the garden! The bright red could be a flower in itself- what a lovely little corner.

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  21. the bike is my fav part too! amazing pics. love your blog too!

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