I don’t think this is what they mean when they talk about rooftop gardens.

 

I know a proper suburbanite would be dismayed by maple trees growing out of the leaf litter in her gutters, but instead, I ran into the house to grab the camera.  I’m pleased by how much infant trees can make out of so little. It reminds me of arboreal soil. When epiphytes, which are essentially plants that grow on trees, die, they decompose and compost themselves into a layer of soil that can reach ten inches in depth on the canopy branches of taller trees.  This soil itself becomes habitat.

My neglected gutters — doing their part to slow deforestation.

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