The Greenest Thumb! Contest: Sandra's Lucky Charmer

Name: Sandra
Location: Carroll Gardens
Size: Stoop size
Favorite Resource: GRDN, Gowanus Nursery and Mazzone's Hardware

Pitch:

"I'm very proud to present to you the 2006 edition of my humble Carroll Garden's stoop garden. The third time's the charm, apparently, as it's taken me three summers to finally(!) pull together a successful, healthy container garden--and I'm a proud mama! In summer's past, I went strictly on aesthetics; cavalierly ignoring 'extraneous details' like soil preferences and light requirements.... " [More below]

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"Things always looked good the first month or so, but July heat would set in and pffffffffft! Pots of limp, unidentifiable greens everywhere! So this year I chose wisely, embracing 'part sun/part shade', and everything looks happy. Lots of vines, ornamental sweet potato and vinca, mixed with coleus, celosia, geraniums, petunias and New Guinea impatiens. (There's something so tropical about the dark leaves and bright blooms of the impatiens that I'm loving this year, especially paired with chocolate and lime-colored potato vines.) Also in the mix, one beautiful dahlia. My dad has grown dahlias in his garden for as long as I can remember and I'm equally smitten. And despite the failures of past sun-loving blooms, I *am* nurturing one experiment: morning glory seeds, which are currently sprouting in a pot at the top of the stairs. With any luck and love and coaxing, they'll find their way up, around and all over the railing. [crosses fingers]

I grew up with a huge yard that was always exploding with flowers. While city-living has certainly transformed my perception of gardening, I love working the terracotta and brownstone for all they're worth!

= ) Sandra"

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