Some plants are so beautiful, bizarre, or legendary, that they haunt people. People become enchanted, even obsessed with them. We have some of these plants in stock now. The table-flat succulent, Aeonium tabuliforme, is one such siren-plant.
The ground-dwelling banksia, Banksia blechnifolia, with its inherent beauty and weird pollinators (rodent-like marsupials), is another.
Aloe polyphylla, the spiral aloe, is a must-have for any collector’s garden.
BLUE! We are in love with bright sparkly blues.
The last color to fade before dark is blue. When everything else has fallen into gray, black, and white, blue persists for a while before it, too, succumbs to darkness. Blue awakens the garden at dawn and then puts it to sleep; it offers a quiet refuge at midday, but comes into its own when the low, golden rays angle into the garden. The idealized color of water, the blue of a glossy ceramic pot can conjure the cool depth of a pool, while matte blue tile can bring a piece of the sky to ground.
Blue tile tables
We have a few turquoise tile tables in stock (and some other colors, too). They are so pretty.
This is a new glaze color from Vietnam that we are loving.
Blue palm: Chamaerops humilis 'Cerifera'
This palm from Morocco has blue – yes truly blue – foliage. It is a small, tough, drought-loving little palm that will thrive in a pot for many years, or live happily in the ground. It is hardy, and can be found with a light snow cover in its native habitat, making it appropriate for any Bay Area climate, from seashore to mountain-top.
The pretty blue succulent foliage is certainly not the star of the show when this plant is in bloom, which is pretty much all the time. Seriously – it blooms for nine months of the year with these gorgeous, fuchsia-colored, poppy-like flowers. See all those buds on the stem? Just to make them extra fun, if you pick them and take them inside, the stem will keep blooming, with new flowers opening every couple of days.
Thursday, June 11, 5:30pm at Flora Grubb Gardens
Intuiting Design: the best of Andrea Cochran A talk and book signing by Andrea Cochran, FASLA
Wine and hors d'oeuvre at 5:30pm / design talk and book signing at 6:15pm
Andrea Cochran has been practicing landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Andrea's work has been an inspiration for people (like us Flora Grubb Gardens folks) who are interested in modern design and garden-making. Now a beautiful new book by Mary Myers, chair of Landscape Architecture-Horticulture at Temple University, is turning our inspiration into intoxication. Andrea Cochran: Landscapes presents 11 landscape projects in detail.
Featuring stunning photography – by some of our favorite photographers – and an essay by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Henry Urbach, Andrea Cochran: Landscapes celebrates the first 25 years of an intuitive and reflective creative process.
Happy gardening! Come and see us soon.
and everyone at Flora Grubb Gardens
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1634 Jerrold Ave. at 3rd Street
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