Growing by the Bay

Month: March 2009

pool garden, year 2

pool garden, year two

pool garden, year 2

This year we decided to expand the garden that used to be a swimming pool. We broke up the decking that used to surround the pool.

removal of pool decking

We had to tear out the old drip system, and I’m redoing it now. We had to undo some of the plantings as well, since the paths and beds are no longer quite the same. Because the pool is about 70 percent bigger, we added a central bed. We edged the beds with bricks and made the central bed an oval shape. It amuses me to think of the result as a tiny Getty Center garden.

christensen center garden


Bouquets to Art, 2009

blue and white bouquets to art

In what has become a tradition, this year we again visited the de Young Museum for its Bouquets to Art, in which flower arrangers present displays inspired by artworks in the museum’s collections.

Each year distinct trends can be identified. This year the popular color schemes were blue and white, as above, and combinations of orange and pink or peach, as below.

Time for blogging has been hard to come by lately, but I’ll try to post some more photos from Bouquets to Art soon, as many of the arrangements really were spectacular.

orange and peach bouquets to art 2009


Dog, cat, rat

A designer I’ve been working with on a book project reported today that he saw a guy in downtown San Francisco walking a dog. Okay, no big deal. Except on the dog’s back was a cat. But it doesn’t stop there — on the back of the cat was a rat.

Even though I’ve lived in the city for a long time I still had to say “Come on, do you expect me to believe that?” But even then I knew it was true. And here’s the confirmation.


Wait, where are we?

The people at Rate it all seem a little geographically challenged. Their top-rated San Francisco attraction is …

Transbay station could soon be obsolete

slumping transbay planAnd it’s not even built yet.

Remember these transbay terminal designs? It turns out, according to “state transportation officials,” the terminal would be inadequate to serve projected travelers, and it would also pose engineering problems.

“Three sets of engineers met and they concurred that the design for the station was inadequate and useless for high-speed rail,” according to Quentin Kopp.

Another triumph for the City That Once Knew How.


Story via the Chronicle. Enjoy it, because the paper says it might not stay in business much longer.


10 Speed Press sold

Story at Right Reading.


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