A second spring is underway in the Bay Area. October's first rains have fallen and the weather is softening, making now a great time for gardening. Some of our favorite plants are flushing new growth, ready to provide a spectacular show in your fall garden.
The Pumpkin Truck has arrived!
Giant squash! Scary toothy grins! Pie! They're American originals just like Halloween. Our big orange pumpkin truck has arrived bearing gorgeous pumpkins and gourds in cool colors and forms, like jade green, and cream with green and orange netting. Come pick your favorites and get to carving!
Plants for your fall garden
We have beautiful plants in the nursery ripe for fall planting. Exquisite Mediterranean-climate natives, cool-season annuals and vegetables, and hardy plants planted now will flourish in the new year while adding structure to your designs as the flowery season fades. Plus, when you plant before a good rainy winter, you save precious irrigation water.
Mahonia aquifolium just sprouting its pink new leaves.
Banksia grandis compacta gets ready for its winter bloom.
Banksia speciosa hosts a spider.
Introducing Beth Mullins -
one of the wonderful garden designers at the store
Complements of Growsgreen.com
Check out this cool planting that Beth Mullins created in her own garden and completed with some of our pottery and oil barrel chairs. Beth might be familiar to you as one of the folks who work in the nursery, offering her expertise to our customers. Beth has a talent for combining low-maintenance plants with beautiful textures and color. Check out her website (Growsgreen.com) and give her a call if you'd like a consultation to help you design your garden. She does planting plans as well as full garden designs with hardscaping. Fall is the time to start designing and planting for your spring garden.
Phoenix dactylifera 'Zahidi'
Upon arriving at our nursery, the tallest tree you see is a date palm, Phoenix dactylifera 'Zahidi'. We planted it when we were building our new store, in February of 2007. It came from a farm in the desert of Southern California, lying on its side on a truck with a small root ball and a tight topknot of blue-green fronds, a few remnant ripe dates hanging on. We used a small crane to lift it into its hole and plant it, and it has not so much as blinked since then. It feels like it's been a part of the landscape here for a long time. The rustling of its beautifully colored leaves overhead goes a long way to giving us that urban oasis feeling every city garden should have. The pattern of knobs on the trunk makes a visual impact that no other tree can.
Perhaps you've heard about the recently sprouted 2000-year-old seed of a date palm, the oldest seed ever to prove viable. Date palms are tough cookies, standing up to heat, cold and wind. As the oldest cultivated fruit tree, the date has been bred in many varieties; ours, the Zahidi, is suited to our foggy weather, although - alas - it will never produce edible fruit for us. We recently planted a trio of them in a garden Flora is designing here in San Francisco. Aren't they pretty?
We have many pallets of pottery on sale at 30% off right now, including matched pairs and sets in multiple sizes, shapes, and colors.
Come spend some of these warm October hours with us.
Flora and everyone at Flora Grubb Gardens
*Sorry, we do not ship plants*
Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave. at 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
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