Sunday Snapshots: Village Spring

27march

Franconia, 2014

I’ve often wondered if there is some sort of law in Germany that requires all village-dwellers to plant at least one flowering tree in their garden. So far I have not found any definite proof of my theory, but photos tell a different story. Morning walks to work transform from mundane to idyllic in the spring.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshots: Village Spring

      • However the fruiting trees in the orchards are not subject of these laws. In the western and southern hillsides of the Fränkische Schweiz orchards exists since Middle Ages. In this last warm stage also vineyards thrived! Let us hope the coming warm stage brings these vineyards back! Then we have not only breweries and distilleries, but also again wine press houses. 😆

  1. Surprise! There are” laws” 🙄
    The regulation differs from town to town. The more these communities are “infected” by the greens, the rigorous they are.
    According to our “Bebauungsplan” (land-use plan) and depending on our property size we must plant at least two broadleaves (stock of these trees diameter min. 20cm); our garden must be landscaped (“gärtnerisch gestaltet”). The plan contains some proposals for native plants to feed the bees and the birds.
    Three things a German man has to settle: Father a son, build a house, plant a tree. 🙂

    • Well there you have it! I knew that there were rules in some places about when you are allowed to remove a tree that’s already there, but good to know there are rules for planting too. 🙂

  2. I’ve often wondered the same! I think the Germans are just naturally good at this stuff and take pride in their surroundings. Even in Berlin where most people are in apartments, their balconies are abundant! Gorgeous in spring and summer 🙂

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