September 30, 2015

Annies Annuals Fall Sale

 
My buddy, Dino is being attacked by the giant green man at Annie's Fall Sale Party.   I've been making this 45 minute trip from San Francisco for 10 years now.  It is by far the most interesting nursery in the Bay Area.  If you've never been, well, you should go!  Here is some of the interesting things I saw:

 
At first I thought this was a verbena but it turns out to be Lavandula canariensis.  Wonderful bright green leaves with a panicle of flowers that appears to bloom for months.

 
All the hot fall colors in full bloom!

September 27, 2015

Bay Street Entry Garden






My latest installation in the front entry stairwell for a building in the Marina neighborhood.   This low light interior space is open only to the sidewalk.  It's a southern exposure with bright indirect light reflexing off the sidewalk.













The primary view from the sidewalk on Bay Street.

September 04, 2015

Retarding a Vigorous Street Tree

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) grows to 10–18 m tall and 15–20 m wide in ideal conditions.  It's tough being a street tree but U. parvifolia is vigorous and resilient in San Francisco.  This one in Noe Valley must have a low water table.  It is never irrigated but is lush.   I prune this tree ever 6-9 months.  Essentially this is a extremely large bonsia.  The soil in the tree basins act more like large containers then expanses of live soil.   





Ready for a trim.  After 5 hours of pruning and two dump runs:








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