It's official: gardening in the city is catching on.
I've had my eye on a few blocks down here in the West Village and noticed how when one apartment plants flower boxes, the others follow. Yesterday I was walking across one of these blocks; Leroy between Bleecker and Bedford. A particularly colorful pair of petunia boxes at 12 Leroy had filled in nicely and I thought I might give them this week's award. The owner came out to water his flowers and told me he was the first to put boxes in over ten years ago and now, "look!" he said, pointing down the block.
A few doors down, at 18 Leroy, some new boxes, these filled with trailing ivy and foliage. Beyond that house, lipstick-red geranium in cedar boxes. In fact, I counted six different homes that had planted just on the east side of the block. Go Leroy Street! And for those of you who have been eyeing a neighbor's flower boxes, catch the spirit and plant one yourself!