April 13, 2018

Dearborn After Atmosphere River Delivered Over 2 Inches of Rain

Most notable new entry blossum is the Ranunuculus asiaticus 'White'.   I started from bulbs from Flowercraft, a local retail nursery.  One of the four I planted turned out to be pink. 

A particularly beautiful contrast of the dark mustard leaves with the subtle pink of the blackberry petals.

And the Clematis Frank planted before he moved to Oakland.

April 12, 2018

New Plants from Annies Spring Fete

Here's a hint what's coming this summer in my gardens:

This has been on my radar for a few years. 

Long time favorite, Orlaya is the best!  It's a true annual and reseeds at reliable but far from aggressive behavior.  I usually have some blooming all year round.

Early April Glen Park Rose

First week of April we have a rose blossom.   I planted this Rosa 'Mme Alfred Carriere' in February 2016.  This is the first of dozens of blooms on 7 vigorous canes, some up to 17 feet long.   This rose from David Austin in Texas, established itself in 18 months.  

April 10, 2018

Original Joe's Westlake Restaurant

Althought not in the city limits of San Francisco, this iconic mid century destination is well worth a trip to Westlake neighborhood in Daly City.

April 09, 2018

Eureka Valley Roof Deck

Refreshing a pot on a roof deck I installed a few years ago.

Salesforce Tower is new addition to the skyline.

The Leucadendron 'Ebony' look great after 4 years in their container. Off set nicely in color, texture and form is the Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'.

April 08, 2018

Glen Park Spring Explosion

This Winter has been warm.  It started off dry but more rain has arrived toward the end.  Spring has been warm, sunny with moisture in the soil.  Lots are plants are blooming.  I'll call out the ones I know below:

White Flowers:  Michelia crassipes (I hear its back in Magnolia), Erigeron karvinskianus, Omphalodes linifolia 'Venus's Navelwort', Heliotropium arborescens 'Album', and Loropetalum.

The star below is Venus's Navelwort.  That kind of sounds really good.  Omphalodes linifolia is a wonderful self-sower.  This is the second generation.  Wonderful little rosettes of glaucous rise and produce sprays of little white flowers.  Think bubbles of champagne.

Cerinthe major purpurescens in foreground, Sidalcea malviflora in pink bloom.

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