National Geographic : 1938 Apr
BELGIAN PORTRAITS © National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart FAST-GROWING PLANTS SLOW UP OSTEND'S FLOWER CLOCK; SO GARDENERS MUST NIP THE BUDS TWICE A WEEK Yellowish hour numerals of artemisia are set in reddish beds of alternanthera to form this floral timepiece which attracts passers-by on Leopold Avenue. In the center background stands the Kursaal, which rivals the Casino of Monte Carlo as a fashionable rendezvous. Behind it pounds the North Sea, dotted with yachts and fishing boats. Near Britain's life line across the Strait of Dover during the World War, German-occupied Ostend became an important base for destroyers and submarines. Aerial bombardments and the bottling up of the harbor by the British in May, 1918, closed the port.