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  • Succulent Moon Rocks

    A few weeks ago I made up some succulent containers. Normally I leave some room to grow, but I decided to jam the plants in these guys. Our upstairs neighbor calls the silver painted containers moon rocks. Here’s another one. You can see the silver moon rockiness a little better. This is the smallest of […]

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  • Dahlia: Hot, Loud and Proud

    Garden blogger Noel from A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii challenges us to find the Hottest, Loudest, and Proudest flora.  Quick thanks to the Conservatory of Flowers for their seasonal gardens.  Can I get a holla for these fine Dahlias? Dahlia Duo M-FD-BI You pick ‘em.  Which is the 1) hottest, 2) loudest, 3) proudest? Dahlia […]

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  • Giant Gunnera

    Giant Gunnera, aka Giant Rhubarb, is one of those prehistoric dinosaur plants.  I really want one…but it’s way too big for our home garden in San Francisco. Detail of the Gunnera flower They have funky flowers too.  Above is a detail of their blooms. Gunnera by the DeYoung Museum The most common place you are […]

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  • Our New Fan Aloe Friend

    Our new baby Last week I brought this slightly beat up, awesome fan aloe (Aloe plicatilis) home. I work for a home staging company watering plants, and one of our sweet clients offered me this guy when she moved. After 45 minutes of digging, pulling and shaking it finally came out of its container.  Matti […]

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  • Cool Contest Container

    I won something! A few weeks ago I entered Life on the Balcony’s contest to win a Deluxe Grow Box from Clean Air Gardening and won! It’s a self watering container. It kind of looks like it had a little accident. Matti drilled overflow holes, so we can use it when it rains without it […]

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  • Gilroy Garlic Festival

    Gilroy Garlic Festival We headed to the “Garlic Capital of the World” for the Gilroy Garlic Festival Saturday for some sun and gratuitous consumption of garlic products: garlic calamari, pesto, sweet potato fries, ice cream and deep fried garlic all in about three hours. I think we’ll be vampire proof for at least a week. […]

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  • Urban Wall Garden

    We love seeing this vertical garden when driving around 16th and Mission SF, and finally got to check it out up close while on foot. Candystore Collective Wall Garden The Candystore Collective installed this pocket garden about a year ago and it is getting lush. Detail of right side They used Woolly Pockets to plant.  […]