SF Textures

Shot of the Succulent vertical wall getting started

Elephant Garlic Scapes from Thomas Farm at Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

A second Succulent Vertical wall is up

Bunches and bunches of Sweet Peas at the Ferry Building

Purple hues at Church Street Flowers

Succulents, crystals and a blue squirrel in Desi’s backyard utopia

Queen Anne’s Lace

“There’s nothing left here. At least nothing with a bloom”.

That’s what he said.

I was at this past Saturday’s Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building, wandering around, avoiding the lines of Roli Roti and scanning the booths of produce.

I was in the mood for flowers. The flower stall that I like to go to (behind the building in front of Sur La Table) was absolutely wiped out of flowers. So my partner chimed in, stating the very obvious.

Yes, nothing had a bloom at this stall. Oh well.

There were Tulips and Anemones, offered from a grower  in the front of the building, but something about the soft colors of purple and light green caught my eye.

This is Queen Anne’s lace and a bunch of a light-colored lavender plant. It is quite interesting. I’m not sure what it is. Rather I didn’t pay well enough attention to the tiny sign attached to it.

I am really loving the textures of the two together. Very romantic and sweet. It’s just missing some blown open white Peonies.

I also decided to chop the stems and do an arrangement in a 5 x 5 glass cube. I do like Queen Anne’s lace as a tall composition, but when it is short and full, it is absolutely gorgeous. See below.

Maybe next time I’ll get something with a ‘bloom’.

But right now I’m loving the soft, delicate, textures of this lavender and minty green arrangement.


Perhaps you’ve heard about the weather we’ve been having in SF. It finally has been confirmed (by weather forecasters) that it has been the coldest Summer in the Bay. In 45 years. I know I shouldn’t complain about cold weather in Summer, when much of the rest of the country is struggling to cope with 100 degree weather, but we haven’t seen the sun. It is practically winter here. It’s become frustrating and it’s really a bit of a mind trip when you know it’s August, but it’s cold, windy, wet and foggy…..very strange and slightly depressing. At the Farmers market on Saturday, I picked up a bunch of Sunflowers for 4$. The brightness of the flowers is a temporary fix. I might bring out the lighted visor next..

Welcome to California

Limes & Hydrangeas

Had dinner in Napa last week after another delightful day of Wine Country.  I couldn’t help but capture this image of what I feel represents California. Limes and Hydrangeas are two of the many commonalities that are a result of the wonderful growing Climate. What’s nice about Napa and Sonoma is that they are only a little over an hour’s drive from where I live in Marin. The weather has been “Summer-like”, with highs in the 90’s. It is a strange alternative to the foggy and cold temperatures we’ve been having in the city and parts of Marin.


ah..my absolute favorite. Dahlias are growing abundantly right now.

I picked a bunch up at the Thursday Ferry Building Farmers Market.

Sweet Peas

2 bunches of Sweet Peas arranged in many vases

I happened to be at the Thursday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building this week and several vendors were carrying Sweet Peas. One vendor had all their bunches of flowers: Sunflowers, Sweet Peas and Dahlias for 5 $ a bunch! I could hardly believe it. People were walking off with several bunches of long bright yellow sunflowers thrown across their shoulders. They looked great. I decided to go with another vendor also selling Sweet Peas but for a different price. A lower price. Sorry, I do like a good deal. So I bought 2 bunches of Sweet Peas for 5 $. They are so fragrant and well, sweet. The bunches are also quite generous. I have more Sweet Peas than I know what to do with.

Unfortunately they don’t like the heat. Unfortunately many people in the San Francisco/Marin area do not have air condition in their homes. With doors and windows open it is still very hot inside. Yesterday the temperature in the upstairs area was above 95. The Sweet Peas don’t care for these conditions, can you blame them? They are looking a little droopy now. I have gotten about 3 days out of them. Not bad, even for 5 dollars spent. The smell is unforgettable.