The potted bay trees outside the boutiques of Passage Vivienne started out as a formal row of matching plants. The pots and the neatly trimmed, clear stems still match but the mop heads are showing signs of individuality. It looks as though the care of the plants is the responsibility of the nearest business as some are well watered and carefully trimmed, some are cared for but allowed to go their own way and the rest are looking dusty and parched.
Box balls, bay trees and tubs of bamboo are common features outside Paris shops and cafés. It’s surprising how many businesses go to the trouble to install plants but then take no care of them. A bunch of dead leaves on a stick can’t do much for trade.