Ahhhh. The joys of fall. We have been enjoying this perfect weather, both the warm afternoons and the storms. It changes everything when this much rain falls all at once. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy your wet garden from a warm window.
Luckily in our climate we can plant our gardens whenever the mood strikes us, but of course the beginning of the rainy season is the very best time for planting so the plants can enjoy the rain and establish roots and be ready for spring.
The Pumpkin Truck is here! We have the most beautiful Pumpkin Patch in Pumpkin Patch history - full of pumpkins just for you, lover of the strange and unusual. White ones, grey ones, marbled pinkish ones, orange pumpkins with gigantic stems...
Grevillea 'Long John'
An amazing Grevillea that always seems to be in bloom. We often suggest Grevillea for containers on windy decks. They don't seem to mind the wind at all, they will tolerate drying out from time to time, and they have great looking sculptural foliage as well as beautiful flowers. This is also a great plant to use as a screen and would be great in a cutting garden.
This Grevillea is an upright one, about the size that a San Franciscan would can a "small tree" and that anyone else might call a "large shrub"... so about 10 feet or so. Deer will ignore this plant, and it is hardy to somewhere in the 20s. Hummingbirds love it, too.
Just when the best weather of the year kicks in here in the Bay, Cassia Leptophylla bursts into bloom. Golden flower medallions cover the crown of this lovely small tree, as if to reflect the glowing warmth we're basking in at last. Shapely jade bracts persist after the petals drop. Dark green foliage (deciduous only briefly) creates an elegant dome even when it's out of bloom.
This is a perfect, small tree for a small garden, and would make a great street tree. The specimen shown here thrives on a rough urban little corner in the Mission district. We have this plant available in the nursery now if 5 gallon and 15 gallon sizes.
Agonis 'Jervis Bay After Dark'
New plants come to us all the time, but few have been as exciting to us as Agonis 'After Dark'. We have always dreamed of a small, evergreen, drought tolerant, deer proof, tree with dark purple foliage. This plant tolerates wind, seaside conditions, and hard pruning. The foliage lasts for weeks in a vase, and smells like peppermint, making it a great choice for a cutting garden.
Use it in a pot on a windy deck, as a screen, or be the first (as far as we know) to use it as a street tree. In the ground, it is likely to reach about 15 feet, maybe a little bigger. It needs full sun. Likely to be hardy to about 25 degrees.
We are all madly in love with this plant, and right now we have it in the nursery in 5 gallon and 15 gallon sizes!
Leucadendron 'Cloudbank Ginny' This Leucadendron has a particularly compelling bloom, and is amazing in the garden from close up as well as from a distance. It will thrive on a hillside in Marin or in a pot on a windy South Of Market Deck. Great as a cutting flower, too. Deer will not touch it. Put is a sunny location with good drainage and don't fertilize.
For all of you lovers of Proteaceous plants, this is just one of the enormous collection of Protea, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Banksia and Grevillea I have in the store right now.
Come and see us soon.
Flora and Everyone at Flora Grubb Gardens
Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave. at 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
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