When I heard more than a year ago that our pollinators, wild or tame bees and bumblebees, are being ecologically threatened for various reasons, I wrote a tweet in which I stated that cities should be an oasis of flowers for these kinds of animals. Not only because of more flower-filled gardens, instead of the faded lawn with three bushes behind the house, but also by growing more flowers on the street side. This also happens in the so-called facade gardens, but I saw that there are still many unused spaces around the trees: the tree mirrors. So in the tree mirror in front of my house in the Balistraat I have set up a flower garden. Nice, but further up, I saw a few tree mirrors in which nothing grew: a bare dusty bottom. So I started with this by putting some plants in it as a test.

These appeared to be weeded out within a few days. Then tried again; again, the same outcome. Then I called the municipality. The duty officer personally came by and encouraged my intention. Thus I have used some plants again: removed again within two days, even the flower bulbs intended for the following year were dug out.

Green The Hague, oh green The Hague, what should we think about this? On the one hand encouragement, and on the other hand a diligent street sweeping service that skilfully pulls out every green blade, unless there is a flower-hailing neighborhood resident. In the first case, a conflicting municipal policy must be pointed out: green ideas but a harsh street sweeping service. In the second case, the municipal psychological service may have to be involved.

The Archipel must flourish!

Petrus C. van Duyne


4.2.19 pac