i am long overdue in writing this post about my favorite brooklyn plant resource, the gowanus nursery. i have been a client at this nursery for quite a few years, following them to their new location on van brunt street. their opening each spring puts me in such a great mood as it marks the start of the outdoor season. the plant selection is extraordinary - black pansies anyone? - and i am always bound to find things that i've never seen before. given that i have a black thumb and a challenging outdoor space, that's a very good thing.