top: it seems all the flowers on this sloping meadow lean in to admire
Verbascum olympicum, Hillsborough.
*it's that time of year again, I will be out on vacation until early September...
Summer is well underway... as I type, I am at the desk for the last time before heading out for vacation. In San Francisco the last couple weeks have given us days so overcast I lost my sense of time. I will surely miss that outdoor air conditioning feel as soon as my truck passes the Carquinez Bridge. When I return just before Fall arrives, that blast of marine influence you get when you reach Vallejo will be the 'breath of heaven' (aka Coleonema).
And speaking of Fall (the best
time to plant in the Bay Area), now while you're out enjoying
your garden, start thinking of plants and designs you'd like to try out when Summer comes to
If so, you've come to the right place.
July 8 - 10am - pm Strybing Arboretum Monthly Plant Sale - this month features Salvias, shrubs and Fuchsias. there is no monthly sale in August, but you can always check out the daily sale at the Arbor, next to the bookstore, by the main entrance.
July 13 - 24 - various times Flower Piano - live alfesco acoustic music, one of life's underrated joys.
July 20 - 6pm - 8pm Strybing Arboretum Flower Piano Members Party - I'll be trying out the pianos this night, playing my own works. Not a member yet? Here's where to find out how to become one.
'California Cottage' incorporates a palette of drought tolerant plants, mixing compatible annuals, various California natives, succulents, grasses and select perennials. above: bold horizontal leaves of helianthus quietly anchor this airy July mix of scabiosa and verbena, Duboce Triangle. below: this Napa yard unfolds in abundant layers as the seasons progress. This photo was taken in June of 2015. (photo credit: Jeff Herwatt)
Nature continues to hand us bold reminders that we are stewards of this planet; that our actions have an impact. What kind of impact we make stems from the sum of our choices. Keep choosing well, and allow me to offer my suggestions.
Dean Ouellette 415-820-1623 firstname.lastname@example.org