On my street there are many people interested in plants and flowers. Many of the private residences are gated at the sidewalk level BUT even those fortunate enough to have yards, often extend their plantings onto the small spaces between the street and sidewalk.
The streets of Cluj, unless they are main streets are generally very narrow and people often park their cars partially on the street and partially on the sidewalk. Lucky for the plants, my street was converted from a 2-way last year to 1-way and many people now only park on the street.
It is not only the cars that pose a threat but people. No one seems to care if some of the flowers are picked here and there. Actually, other neighbors having been inspired by their neighbors have planted previously weeded/grassy areas along the street. It is too bad that from the most recent area that was planted with a medley of plants on the street, someone dug up and stole 2 large clusters of daylilies. Perenials are very expensive here so it is unlikely that those spots will be refilled this season. Nonetheless it already looks amazing!
As we get closer to the corner of the street closer to the street that borders the canal, there is a bloc where the residents during the last couple of years have worked hard to tend to existing trees, planted new trees, started new rose bushes from cuttings and planted a variety of perenials.
The bushes are trimmed, trees pruned and weeds pulled. It is incredibly beautiful and each year becoming more so.
Some of the varieties grown are white lilacs, purple lilacs, peonies, daylilies, cherry trees, roses and much, much more.
As the seasons progress, along with the progress of my balcony, this blog will continue to follow urban gardens in my neighborhood and especially – on my street!
Happy urban gardening!