The Croatian people share a common trait with every other culture we've visited--even in the absence of "private dirt" they want to see something grow.
Old cities always grew from the center out, with narrow cobblestone alleys. Houses built next to common walls, like friends walking shoulder to shoulder. And it was cheaper to build up than to clear ground so that even buildings hundreds of years old have two, three, four stories.
|Can you see the small flower pots on the balcony?|
Even though farming took place within reach of ancient city walls, some folks just crave their own little bit of dirt. As we looked down on the confines of the walled city of Dubrovnik we saw pots with herbs and flowers and small arbors covered in grapes for eating or making wine.
The first peoples learned to grow food rather than gather because it gave them a more reliable diet. But I think there's another reason agriculture developed. Being fruitful, Latin fructus "an enjoyment, delight, satisfaction; proceeds, produce, fruit, crops," is innate. We are wired to choose activities, either in leisure or work, that give us something to show for our effort.
Narrow staircase? No problem, there is room to set out planters. In this case there's a tree at the top.
Your house is on a paved courtyard? Just set out pots.
|I like the ascending order.|
Maybe your shop's exterior lacks pizzazz. This invites people to stop and look.
The restaurant needs to be set apart from all of the others in the alley. Use plants to create outdoor "rooms" lining both sides of the walk.
These botanical examples can be a metaphor for using our limited talents to help others flourish. Don't diminish the value of your efforts. Here's proof that much can be accomplished with restricted resources.
How are you most fruitful?