Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
|This particular container is not to share with friends, but specifically for my daughter. She chose to sow Ipomoea lobata seeds today- aka "Exotic Love Vine", which you can usually find at Annie's Annuals in a 4" pot. I wish I could say she specifically picked out these seeds because she remembered their beautiful blooms growing on our fence last year- but no, she picked them because they matched the shirt she was wearing today (such a girl thing to do).|
Chickens are all the rage now that more and more cities are making it legal for residents to keep a couple of hens in their backyard. I was lucky enough to hang out with award-winning landscape designer and Timber Press author Jessi Bloom this week at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Her book, Free Ranch Chicken Gardens, includes everything you need to know about integrating chickens into your backyard- from coop designs to chicken care, and which plants you should or shouldn’t have in your garden. She covered all of this information to an eager crowd at her “What the Cluck!” seminars at SFGS. Her book has been so popular that it has sold out at the last two garden shows she's spoke at- prior to her book signing event! I personally have wanted chickens for a while, and will definitely be getting my hands on a copy of her book once we finally get them.
|After returning from my trip to San Francisco, I connected with Greg Howes and Brian Fikes, owners of Two Flew the Coop. I first saw their super cute chicken coops at Talini’s Nursery, and I’m eager to add one to my own garden one day.|
|Both Greg and Brian are gardeners and they have a wonderful selection of edibles in their backyard and front yard.|
Friday, March 23, 2012
|After seeing this place in numerous magazines and splashed all over the internet, I was happy to finally step foot for the first time in Flora Grubb Nursery. The very first succulent living walls I had ever seen were from here, and I have been itching to try and build some myself. One of these days I will come and take one of their classes on building one (as soon as I have collected enough succulent babies to do so!). If you can't wait for a class, you can always buy one of thier DIY kits. And speaking of their classes, you can find a list of their events on their website, and it looks like Sunset Magazine's Johanna Silver is coming in April! Yee haw!|
|On this particular trip though I fell in love with their Tillandsia displays. These "air plants" are perfect for my bright office, and I proudly displayed my six new air plants the moment I returned to work from this trip. I may have bombarded my co-workers with emails on how they can decorate with tillandsia as well..... I'm sure they are sick of me and my talk of plants but I just can't help myself (and thank you to those of you who tollerate me and pretend to be interested- I appreciate it!). The Thigmatrope Satellite Fleet hooks used for the wall displays are wicked cool, and I am pondering where I'm going to place them in my home. You can buy them with the air plants here, or purchase without the air plants here.|
|If you're one that loves color, then this is the place for you. I was happy to be able to have a Fermob bistro set in my garden for the Arden Park Garden Tour, and I admit that I have been dreaming of it ever since. Talini's Nursery carries a nice assortment of them here in Sacramento- but Flora Grubb has this amazing wall display of them that makes me wish I had a large warehouse just to hang Fermob chairs from! Is that sad? Of all the art pieces in the nursery this was my favorite. My second favorite display of color were these little colorful "cups" (upper left). You can find more display options for these wall ornaments here.|
|The whole reason we came here on this day was to check out their staghorn fern displays. Specifically we were looking for the ones that Matti and Megan from Far Out Flora made. Matti and Megan make some pretty cool $hit. There, I said it. Somehow I managed to leave this glorious place without one (I was scared it would die over the next couple of days on my road trip!), but my friend Amy from the Lamm Farm bought one. I'll let her be my guinea pig and see how it does here in Sacramento!|
|Like what you see? Flora Grubb is open Monday through Saturday: 9am - 6pm; Sunday: 10am - 6pm. You can find them at 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco CA. |
|You can also go like them on Facebook, and while you're at it you can like Far Out Flora too.|
|Cheers to the weekend! Enjoy your garden :)|
PS- thank you Chuck for driving us here, because I totally would have gotten lost, yet again.