Herb Garden on a London Sidewalk

I was walking from a friend's house to Books for Cooks a few Saturdays ago, and saw a curious and touching sight: an herb garden planted in three sidewalk-level windowboxes on an otherwise plain white facade of a house in Notting Hill.

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It seems the owners of this house weren't afraid to leave their rosemary, thyme, mint, chives and parsley right there at arm's reach, even in a city like London where burglaries are common and the Metropolitan Police website even includes a section of tips about preventing theft in the garden. It was a gesture of civic confidence and a lovely way to add color to the front of the house with edible plants that are usually relegated to the back yard or the kitchen windowsill.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com