Showing posts with label Flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flowers. Show all posts

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring in Israel (2016 season)

Anat in front of flowering tree in Givatayim.
Spring this year arrived early. After a few rainy days, higher temperatures and clear sunny days quickly reminded us of where we live. In New England after hard winters the say "if you can stand the winter, you deserve the summer". Here they should say the opposite: "if you can stand the summer, you deserve the spring". Spring brings clear days and cool evenings. Flowers burst out after the last winter rains. Somehow this year it seems like the flowers are blooming all at once. The last two weeks it's been a feast for the eyes and the nose. If you come to visit Tel Aviv in the spring, go to where the flowers are blooming. In Tel Aviv there are a few "green" streets where the blooms are glorious. Enjoy the spring, the summer will surely push a few of us hot and bothered.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Come for the History, Enjoy the Trees and Flowers

Flowers at a local park, Givatay'im, Israel (c) Ami Vider, 2010
One benefit of a strong economy and a vibrant urban life is the trees and flowers in public parks. Until you come and see, it may seem strange when Israelis boast a life inside a green bubble. This country is literally being gardened to life, a green life at that. In most urban areas, not just the big cities, there are well tended parks. In many streets there are also small gardens planted in traffic islands. The older streets are covered by well established trees. In Tel Aviv and the older cities (Petach Tikva) there are some treed going back 50 years or more. In many windows and porches you will see green thumb hobbyists showing their prowess in small pots all the way to small trees poking their branches from roof top gardens. For a country with an arid climate and no natural water flowing at a steady pace, this is a wonder. One of the wonders you will not hear about in the mainstream media news channels. Enjoy the pictures, come visit for some real life experience.
Shaded walk / bike path near Ichilov hospital / (c) Ami Vider 2010

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Independence day - warm - dry


We have been having a drought for the last five years. This summer Tel Aviv will cut down on watering parks all over the city. There is also a ban on watering private lawns. But somehow it does not seem to worry too many people. After all, the idea of a "green line" is a testament to people turning desert into green. Before the international media and the Palestinians turned the "green line" into a political phrase it was a geographic term. From the air you can see the outline of Israel in green. How about that for green living? Eventually the water had to end - maybe we were just too ambitious.

The nice result of drought is how people compensate. It seems like there are many less water thirsty alternatives in the flower shops. It also seems like people can do with less ambitious gardens. A friend had a huge porch full of green bushes. On highrise residential buildings people with porches or large windows tend to build their own little garden, it's an alternative to having a small garden on the first floor. Well, this friend decided to get rid of all the high water demand plants. So she put in indigenous grasses and plants. There was not much demand for local plants for a while... Is this a trend we should all follow? not just in Tel Aviv, Israel?

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