Sweet Peas


Happened upon some Sweet Peas while killing time before viewing a film in Museum District, a few months back. This was much to my delight, as I have very very fond memories of purchasing this coveted and fragrant flower at the Ferry Building. By the handful, for close to nothing.

After indulging in a nice meal of moules frites, I took a to-go cup full of water and helped my self to some sweet peas.They Fit nicely in my bag and accompanied me to the French Film fest. No complaints! Yes they are short-lived, by so worth the joy,delight and wonderful smell..

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

London Florists

Florists were on the top of my ‘to see’ list when I visited London last week. Gardens, Museums and St.John (the restaurant) following quickly behind. Gardens, Museums and even St.John, require a bit of planning, but flower shops are just places you happen upon along the way. Sometimes even when you least expect them. I snapped a few shots of a couple of places I thought were beautiful and interesting. Notice the prices for the bouquets and flowers by the stem. The dollar is currently $1.66 to every English pound. Not really a great rate exchange, but exquisite bouquets and fragrant cut stems are hard to resist at times.

Here is Chez Michele in Borough Market, beginning to close for the day.

Beautiful Celosia at close to 5$ a stem.

Here are images of the florist below at Liberties.

It turns out the Anthropologie store on King’s Road has a flower shop right next door to it. It is a pop up shop by well-known London florist The Real Flower Company. It was very cute and slightly pricey (much like Anthropologie). I loved the arrangements set in simple sage green bags, ready for take away. The beautiful bouquets were elegant and natural and featured fresh herbs, which are a perfect match to peonies and roses.

I saw many other flower stores and ‘bucket shops’ on side streets. The ones above happened to stand out a little more. I was delighted to see just a few of the current floral trends happening in London.

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.