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  • Creatures of the Day

    Here’s a funky little garden off Lincoln and FUNston.  The babbling brook grabbed my attention first, but the garden art is what sold me. Hum, I would entitle this one, “Oil you up my lady?” The house faces north on a busy street, complete with white picket fence.  The one thing that keeps bothering me, […]

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  • Giant Orange Flowers

    Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’ ? In honor of the Giants playing in the World Series we took some pics of orange flowers around Strybing.  I think the above is a Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’ but not 100% sure. We bribed the bee. Orange Bats The sun wasn’t cooperating, but Cuphea ‘Strybing Sunset’ still rocks the […]

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  • Xmas or Thanksgiving Cactus

    Christmas Cactus – Schlumbergera bridgesii Our Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is already blooming…no way!  Or is it? Christmas Cactus – Schlumbergera bridgesii I checked online and just stumbled across another similar plant called the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncate).  Sounds like it’s near identical to the Xmas Cactus…but blooms a little earlier.  Hum…now I am confused.  […]

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  • Small Garden Patches

    The rain is back in SF and the plants are getting a good washing.  Funny…I thought some plants had purple foliage, but turns out…just a lot of dust on them.  Poking around between the drops we spotted these small patches.  Most of our hood is all concrete from the street to the houses… But a […]

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  • Strelitzia Down

    Yesterday morning we discovered that our Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise) took some heavy damage.  So what?!?  …did one of those big raccoons fall on it?  Hum… Leaves from the Strelitzia nicolai – Bird of Paradise Tree So below is the last photo of our plant (it’s the dead center one that looks a […]

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  • Strybing Stags

    Staghorn Ferns – Platycerium bifurcatum I got a case of Staghorn Fern Fever and these guys hanging out in Golden Gate Park has the cure.  The top bunch can be found in the Primitive Plant Section in the Strybing Arboretum, but don’t touch…….cuz they may have tracking devices.  I heard about this, but thought it […]

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  • Our New Plant Babies

    Babies Yesterday I brought home my first tray of plants from work. I felt kind of bad for them when we hit the fog coming back in to San Francisco. No more sunny Richmond skies for these guys. After a little over three weeks at  Annie’s Annuals as the new sign maker I finally picked […]

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  • Brom Spikes

    Bromeliads in flower The bromeliad spikes are in full force, at least with these guys.  Since my brom ID is a little weak & no ID tags in sight…let’s call them all NOIDs today.  If I had to start my search…I would say Aechmea. Maybe it’s the Sconnie in me, but I keep forgetting that […]