Plant vines

This February Slovenian capital Ljubljana was named European Green Capital for this year.

The European Commission has so far awarded this title to Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen, and Bristol last year, while Essen and Nijmegen will follow in the years to come.

If you grow up in a green city like this, you don’t even know what you’ve got. Now I’m always surprised by its greenness when I return, except for New Year’s when it’s vice versa: I can’t believe how can anything be as green in January when I leave snowy Slovenia to return home, to Tuscany.

Of course it’s not just the visible greenery that wins an award like this but also waste management, transport arrangement and other environment-friendly tactics. The city has decided to celebrate the award by placing a large amount of potted plants all over the city. Here are some of them and a few other scenes from the greenest piece of Europe, taken in summertime (and one in January).

Let’s just assume that the reason for all the greenness is not this:

A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
—Frank Lloyd Wright

(Quotation reblogged from Andy Townend.)

Photo: a © signature mmm production

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved this post! Wow that is a lot of pots on that fence! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Travel Lady! 🙂 Can be that one day you’ll find your way over there…


  2. Peta Kaplan says:

    What a fabulous award to encourage, promote and sustain environmental awareness. I know next to nothing about Slovenia and your post certainly opened my eyes to a beautiful and awake/ aware place in the world. Beautiful photos.


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    1. Thank you very much, Peta! 🙂 I’m so glad to open your eyes this way. Slovenia deserves all praise it is getting.


  3. joey says:

    I understand growing up in the green and taking it for granted. I did that. Which is why I love it so much now that I’ve returned. 😀

    I love the icy photo — SO PRETTY! I miss ice. lol — few more months!

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    1. 😀 “I miss ice.” Only you! I’m glad I’ve included this photo then.

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  4. anglogermantranslations says:

    Bestia is back – good. What a lucky dog. Why not tie a green bandana around his neck?

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    1. Haha, don’t worry about him, he is with us all the time, hopping from country to country, and on a rare occasion when we leave him with my parents when we go out (just like children – it feels good from time to time!), you immediately notice! 😀 Not a fan of bandannas for dogs – which special meaning does a green bandanna have?


      1. anglogermantranslations says:

        No special meaning – just camouflage in a green environment! 🙂

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      2. This is where you’re wrong. According to Wiki, green hanky in the Handkerchief or Bandanna Code denotes “hustler/prostitution”. I am not willing to risk it. 😀 😀


      3. anglogermantranslations says:

        I don’t move in those circles.

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      4. Well… green is not as bad as a few others. hihihh. I heard about this code a while ago and from then on I’m rather careful how I use my bandannas.


      5. anglogermantranslations says:

        You just please yourself then.


  5. Dan Antion says:

    The installation is amazing! Great photos.

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    1. Thank you, Dan! 🙂 It was cool and unexpected seeing them there in the very centre of old town where people usually get married.

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  6. Lovely green town – that wall of plant pots is amazing, too

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    1. SMSW, indeed it is. When you come over, you’ll be kept nicely busy. 🙂

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  7. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post! I love greenery! I always feel privileged to be living amongst so much green. We had lots of rain this year so you can imagine how green it is at the moment!

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    1. You’re welcome, Yvonne! Ljubljana might be green right now, but south of Tuscany where I live is quite scorched and yellow and I can’t wait for nature to start breathing again.


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