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Unexpected Gardens on the Streets of Amsterdam

In fall and winter Amsterdam can often seem like a drab city with its dark grey skies, row upon row of dull brick buildings, and canals that mirror the bleakness of the clouds.

But in the summer, even with no backyards or front lawns to landscape, the Dutch manage to create colorful bits of beauty out of the tiniest of spaces.

Like this gorgeous rambling rose bush planted in a teensy square of dirt less than one foot square.

Red Door

Or these hollyhocks, ferns and vines planted in a sliver of space only a few inches wide.

I love those perky pink geraniums set on the windowsill and those lush vines clambering everywhere.

Bicycle and ivy

And this is one of my favorites, my upstairs view of our downstairs neighbors balcony. Such a gorgeous spot to sit and have morning coffee while looking out over the canals.

Today my brother got the last of his plants delivered and this weekend we get to all pitch in and make the rooftop terrace a stunning oasis. I promise to share pictures with you next week. πŸ™‚

Wishing you a fabulous weekend, dear ones!


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Walking Tours Rome - Oh wow – the foliage around the door/window of that shop is breathtaking! Is it just like that by itself or do they need to garden/maintain it??


Krista - You DO need to come here, Zita!!! I would love to go adventuring here with you. πŸ™‚

Zita - Awwww, I don’t want to see more photos of Amsterdam!!! You break my heart, Krista! πŸ™‚ I need to go there ASAP!!!

Krista - I think so too, Barbara. πŸ™‚ I smile every day. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you found a few spare moments to come by, Paradis! πŸ™‚ I miss your posts but hope you’re having a fantastic summer. πŸ™‚

Krista - Aren’t they fantastic, Corinne? I smile just thinking of them. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear Juci! I hope to see you soon. πŸ™‚

Krista - It certainly does! I love it here. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Beth. πŸ™‚ I think having to move so slow on my crutches really helps me notice all the little details. πŸ™‚

Krista - They grow like weeds, Andrea! Probably because there’s so much rain they don’t have a chance to dry out. πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t it marvelous, Joanne? πŸ™‚ I can just picture you exclaiming around every turn here. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear Val! That’s EXACTLY what happened, and I can’t wait to show you what we found. πŸ™‚

Barbara - Such a lovely spot to liveΒ  Krista.

mlleparadis - Finally catching up with you! Β You look like you’re having a really wonderful time. Β So glad for you! Β Loved the picture of the sky at sunset a couple posts back and your brother’s pasta! Β Enjoy enjoy! Β I’ll be checking back in on you! Β xo!

Corinne @ Gourmantic - How awesome are these vines! I like the photo with the bicycle… great capture πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - I know nothing about horticulture – how are they thriving in such a small planting space?

Beth - What gorgeous photos! Β I love the way you notice beauty in your neighborhood.

Crazy sexy fun traveler - Amsterdam has its charm!

Juci's journey - lovely photos Krista…have a wonderful weekend!X juci

Joanne - All this green couldn’t fail to make me giddy!Β  So pretty and uplifting!

bellini - Have a wonderful weekend Krista with more eye candy through the lens than you know what to do with.

Krista - Thank you, Stephanie! πŸ™‚ I really love vines too. I guess that’s one of the perks of cooler temperatures and lots of rain, eh? πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you SO much, Shruti! πŸ™‚ You made my day. πŸ™‚

Krista - I thought they were so cheerful, BakerStreet! πŸ™‚

Stephanie - So beautiful, Krista! Love the vines especially – I wish we could grow them here! πŸ˜€

A Spoonful of Yumm - Your posts are so gorgeous ! Love them πŸ™‚ You’re and excellent photographer

BakerStreet - TheΒ pink geraniums look gorgeous!Β 

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