Due to the 2% vacancy rate in NYC, when apt. hunting in Manhattan proper, you have to be prepared to make some living space sacrifices in order to find something suitable (especially on a scribe's salary). So when the mister and I headed East from Los Angeles in 2006, and wrote down our apt.-wish-list, one of the things we wouldn't budge about, was that we wanted to live in a 1-bedroom, not a studio. That was, until we saw a tiny Murray Hill studio that happened to have crazy-high ceilings with Deco moulding, and a giant (by Manhattan standards) wrap-around terrace (= sold)!
So now that Spring had begun, we're really nerding out horticulturally, letting our terrace strut its stuff, and getting it all gussied up for the upcoming BBQ season. This is officially the first time in my life that i've ever planted seeds that have actually sprouted (I always thought I was garden-tarded). I've attributed my newly-discovered green-thumb to the fact that I sang little hippie-mother-earth songs about how beautiful they will be when they grow-up, as they were planted in the soil (it worked, so don't knock it).
My favorite seed-ordering site thus-far is Thompson & Morgan, which has been shilling English seedlings since 1855, and includes a free-packet with every order. Plus, everything we've planted from them, has been sprouting like mad.
Here are some beauties that will be gracing our garden this time around (I chose flowers in colors that reminded me of Africa):
By row: Touch of Red Calendula, Purity Cosmos, Thunbergia Alata Superstar Orange, Italian White Sunflowers, Lemon Bird Cosmos, Black Velvet Nasturtium, Zaluzianskya Night Phlox, Black-Eyed Susans, and Star Jasmine.
Along with mint, basil, basket tomatoes, parsley, lavender, mesclun, and chives.
In conclusion, I can't believe what geezers we're fast becoming . . . we actually caught ourselves on Friday night discussing the fact that our Gardenia bush is a real "diva" (and this coming from someone who listened to Rudimentary Peni in high school).