Have you read The Gardener by Sarah Stewart? Sheesh, I love this book. It's about Lydia Grace, country girl who loves to garden with her Grandma. When her papa can't get work and no one is asking her mama to make dresses, is sent to the city to live with her grumpy uncle. When Lydia Grace finds a secret spot (the building's abandoned rooftop) she devises a plan to make her uncle smile, and fills the rooftop with a beautiful garden.
(sorry for the spoiler; I could't help myself)
It's lovely: the sort of book that makes me want to abandon all my responsibilities for the week, fill my windowsills with seedlings, and scour the streets for empty paint cans and buckets to fill my rooftop with a garden like Lydia Grace's.
So, I won't do all that, but we are scheming with our downstairs neighbor about planting some plants - - maybe some flowers, maybe some herbs - - up on our rooftop to bring a little more beauty and life to this crazy city.
here we go!