PlantTherapy: Pure, Concentrated Color & Mr. Abdul

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Over the weekend I spotted beautiful bouquets at the Hodgson Farms stand at the Greenmarket. They have been selling in NYC for 19 years now, and you can find them on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Union Square.

They had gladiolas, buckets of them – and they were disappearing fast.

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Dahlias, another seasonal favorite had already sold out by noon. But there were still beautiful combinations of snapdragons and zinnias, as well as strawflower bouquets.

These, along with the mountain of potted chrysanthemums, provided a great opportunity to bring home some outdoor color. Even though NYC can procure flowers year-round, local and fresh is a great combination. If you are looking for powerful color in a small package, you can still get these bouquets through October.

Not an hour later I was wandering by a fenced lot in Brooklyn that by my estimation was like all others and didn’t deserve more scrutiny than a passing glance. And then, resting on the cool cement, I met one Mr. Abdul who spoke no English.

But with his cane as interpreter he deftly pointed out that I was not looking at a mere fenced lot with vines. They were squash and goya vines, his pride and joy. Beyond that, he also had tomato, pepper and eggplant, all growing discreetly within the rocky lot with parked cars, both seeming to struggle to become the dominant force.

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