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  • Crate Metamorphosis

    I rescued this shipping crate before it became landfill.  Below is the end product, but there are some before shots too. Ocean Blue Plant Stand now Completed! This project has been lingering for awhile, and I finally tackled it this past weekend.  Below is the wooden shipping box that has been staring me in the […]

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  • Plant ID Week Seven Picks

    Plant ID class took us to the Noe Valley neighborhood to see a ton of acacias…plus some others thrown in too. Here are our top three picks: Acacia baileyana, FABACEAE Legume Family Of all the Acacias, this is the favorite of the bunch.  The common name Bailey’s Acacia was given to us, but according to […]

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  • Garden Junk

    After about a year of living in San Francisco,  it occurred to me that I could put glass and ceramic objects in the garden and they wouldn’t freeze and break over winter (sometimes I’m a little slow).  I love buying weird stuff at garage sales and thrift stores, but don’t have the perfect spot inside […]

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  • Drifting in the Sunset

    A couple weeks ago I was randomly driving down 44th avenue to get home and saw these fabulous driftwood containers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wood was all picked up at Ocean Beach a few blocks away. This funky fence looks like it’s still a work in progress. A very cool work in progress. […]

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  • Cool Creative Containers

    This month, Life on the Balcony’s Carnival o’ Blogs is all about using unconventional containers. On March 15th Fern will be posting all of the submissions on her great blog. Last month my Little Red Wagon of Succulents was a hit! After poking around the yard a little,  I found a few non-traditionally potted plants […]

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  • Gollum in the Garden

    There is something about Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ that makes me smile every time I stumble upon it in our garden.  Maybe it is the texture, those crazy odd shaped leaves, or the dance of color between lime green and red… Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ The specimen above, wedged between some beach stones,  is no more than […]

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  • Succulent Sale Saturday

    Looking for something to do this Saturday? Check out there’s Succulent and Cacti Sale in Berkeley, and find yourself a funky new plant to call your own. PLANT SALE SATURDAY March 13, 2010 When:  10 am – 5 pm. Back in January we braved the rain and headed to Berkeley.  Here are some of the […]

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  • Plant ID Week Six Pics

    Our Plant ID was at Strybing Arboretum this week.   Here are three of our faves. Senna multiglandulosa – Wooly Senna We have crossed paths with this attractive shrub on many occasions, but we never knew its name.  Wooly Senna is one cool cucumber.  Its seed pods look like string beans.  Not surprising it is in […]

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  • Free Flora from Friends

    Two weekends ago stopped by my mom’s old friend Donna’s place in Woodside. I never thought about the large challenges that also come with large spaces. Deer and gophers (en masse). Donna has a beautiful garden (we totally spaced it, and took no pics). Check out some pics of the cool new cuttings we came […]

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  • Greatest Highway Garden

    This is one of my favorite gardens in the Sunset. It’s on the Great Highway frontage road near Rivera. I’ve been drooling over it since we moved to San Francisco, and finally stopped by for some pictures. Umm… yeah it’s pretty awesome. The agaves are HUGE! Check out Matti’s earlier Gardens on the Great Highway […]