“What’s OOTS?” I hear you say. Nope, this isn’t a bit of broad Scots ‘tongue’ that I’ll have you guessing on. Okay, I’ll give you a clue…
Ah… perhaps that didn’t help. Too small a snapshot and perhaps not something usually associated with OOTS planting. How about this then…
Ah… it’s a long border! Well, strictly speaking yes it is. Have you guessed yet?
Gold stars all round to everyone who guessed that OOTS stands for Out on the Streets. The invitation for this quarterly posting is from VP over at Veg Plotting to share with everyone what public planting in your neighbourhood has caught your eye at the moment.
When is a wild flower meadow not a meadow… when it’s OOTS perhaps? For a while now I have wanted an excuse to include this strip of wildflower planting since I first spotted it on the way into the small village of Bridge of Earn. When VP suggested it would be great if I joined her this month with a take on wildlife I smiled. My small canon was packed away in my bag for the next time I passed.
At the end of this wild flower strip there is a small roundabout with a very tidy, colourful and imaginative display that will also attract bees, butterflies and many other insects. However, I just love to think of the insects enjoying wild flowers so much more. Wouldn’t it be great of strips like this were seen in city centres?
Okay… moving smoothly on to a city centre, with a less than smooth street, some bold street planting and another garden blogger...
Liz over at Gwirrel’s Garden has just posted photos of a visit to Edinburgh sharing her tour of the city in response to a conversation we shared via comments after my posting from the city last month which has some more OOTS.
Thanks for sharing your photos Liz! As promised (although a little late too) here is a photo of how Princes Street in Edinburgh was looking like during my recent visit. No Festival parades there this year. For those who don’t know, Edinburgh is at the moment constructing a Tram Service that will operate directly from the Airport all the way through the city centre and out to Leith Docks.
I wonder if the vibrant reds in the border planting above was considered to match the construction barriers or to perhaps give you such a colour sensation that you didn't notice the construction work behind it? A different plant use for OOTS ;-)
VP is running this episode of OOTS through the whole month of September if you want to join in with a posting yourself. She has set up Mr Linky where you can add the URL of your post and also be able to browse the other postings. I'd like to wish everyone fun OOTS :-D
All photos above were taken with a Canon PowerShot A520.