• Flowers
  • Our Neighborhood Oakland Gardens

    Salvia confertiflora looking pretty with the purple trim I’ve been collecting pics of the neighborhood gardens via Instagram since we moved to Oakland in early July. The above is a garden on our block and I LOVE it. It’s a little edible and a little ornamental with lots of purple plants to match the house. […]

  • Private Gardens
  • Garden for the Soul

    Wonderful waterfall Two weekends ago we took a little break from unpacking our stuff (yeah, it took over three weeks to get our crap) and headed over to garden designer Raul Zumba’s fabulous Garden for the Soul, part of The Garden Conservatory’s Open Days program. I can’t find a website for him, so let me […]

  • Containers
  • Driftwood Insanity in the Sunset

    Succulent driftwood container of happiness About two years ago I blogged about this rock star of a garden in Outer Sunset. While walking the dog a couple weeks ago I ran in to it again and  it’s gotten better with age. Whoever created this work of garden awesomeness rocks! It’s on 44th avenue around Pacheco […]

  • California Natives
  • TED’s Garden

    Dudleya attenuata You know the term, a man’s man? Well if there’s such thing as a gardener’s garden…this is the place.  What a treat it was to visit Ted Kipping’s private oasis over in the Glen Park neighborhood.  When Ted isn’t traveling to exotic locations seeking out rare plants in habitat or working his business […]

  • Private Gardens
  • Marvelous Magic Garden

    Viola Frey Sculpture I’m taking a little break from my Wisconsin blog-o-rama fest (there’s only one, maybe two more left, I promise) to show you some pics of a super sweet private San Francisco  garden we had the privilege of visiting back in mid-October. Right away we recognized the sculpture by Viola Frey. This amazing […]

  • Private Gardens
  • Whale of a Story

    Grass is Greener. There’s a guy up in Westport, CA who’s on a mission to build a giant whale in his front yard. While up in Mendocino last month, we journeyed 25 miles further north on Hwy 1 to see how his progress is coming along. Westport Whale. Local artist, Carlos Amigos (aka Kyle Siler), […]