Moscow was half-wooden back in 50s. Most of a low-cost concrete Khrushchyovka buildings we live in now were buit on their place. Those who lived in wooden country-style houses with apple gardens were moved to small flats with improvements. Many old ladies, who always had a ground to plant were left with tiny pots and balconies. They all are very old now and still wear a country-style gowns with head shawls. They keep an eye on palisades near front doors and grow an outstanding variety of flowers. Day after day, very weak, hardly standing, they come downstairs to seed and weed. Passers by comment our little gardens as a true masterpieces!