Just a quick note to thank Chris and April for joining me to spiff up the garden on Thursday. Pathways were cleared, weeds pulled and the area around the wooden arch prepped for us to fix the arch next week. Yes! We will get it done. Hope you all are having as much of a 'get it done' week as we are at the garden and enjoying the cherry blossoms while they last!
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
|Most of the Saturday Crew|
Jimmer from SF Public Works brought us tools, and Matt cleared the Hakea that fell over in the last storm, and Chris cut it up into manageable pieces before it was used as a "mulch" in the beds. Annie set out to rid the area by the steps of weeds.
Up in the dog area, Debbie, Kathryn, Aditi, John, Victoria and I (Emily) all worked together. We've been clearing out the dog area of weeds for weeks, and today was the last big push to prepare it for the big pile of mulch. Many thanks again to Trees Company for their generous mulch donation!
|We couldn't have done it|
without your tools Jimmer!
Thursday, February 2, 2017
|Jean-Claud, Debbie, and |
puppy helper Xena
|Debbie helping out|
with the wood chip delivery
Hoping to see you at this Saturday February 4th for our workday, 10-12!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
|Chris weeding in the dog area|
If you ever want to join in on a special weekday, please contact me at email@example.com.
|April hamming it up|
|Chris insisted on taking my photo|
At top is an Acacia stenophylla which has bent all the way over. Friends of the Urban Forest are coming out to straighten it and reattach to stakes.
There's one left, leaning at quite an angle.... I wonder how long it will last?
Matt has cleared some of the Hakea away and we will complete that this weekend.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
|A super volunteer crew from Live Oak|
A huge thank you to Live Oak for supporting the gardens!
|Way to go!|
Friday, January 13, 2017
Common name: Bladderpod, Burro Fat, Spider Flower
Blooms: Bright yellow and delicate, the shrub can often be covered in them.
Light: Full sun!
Water: Drought tolerant and very tough
Height x width: 5' x 5'
USDA Zones: 7-10
Where to find in P. Garden: Along the cactus wall at PG, and a couple of them live along PRG too.
Well this plant is a solid California native that does ever so well at PG and PRG. Despite the annoying number of Latin names it's endured, good ol' bladderpod is what we call it.
Found in the western Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert, all the way to Baja California Peninsula in the wild, ours are on the cactus wall (essentially fried) and along PRG (where the percolation rate of the dirt was impossible to gauge because even with a hose going full blast we could not fill the required 3'x3' hole up with water in order to test the rate it drained out. Um, drought tolerant much?
An evergreen shrub with glaucous (bluish green) leaves, it grows about 4-5' tall and wide and is great for really rocky, gravelly soil, hot, dry areas, alkaline soil, salty coastal bluffs and probably would do just as well planted on top of a burning subterranean coal fire at the end of the world when only this plant, a few yuccas, and some cockroaches remain. It hates overwatering, and is hated by deer. Give it a shot!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
|Annie and Sarah ham it up|
for a quick photo
Lots of extra energy in the air and a feeling of let's get this done now made for a fun and productive workday! Matt and Annie potted up a bunch of echiums for later planting in the dog area, and Sarah, Chris and I made a good dent in the fluffy weeds that are popping up everywhere. After getting a good workday in outdoors we can now justify finishing up those holiday cookies with hot cocoa, right?
Friday, January 6, 2017
|Chris, volunteering during the week|
and making a huge dent in the weeds!
Chris and I are meeting up during the week to get some extra work done at the gardens, and could use an extra hand. If you're interested in volunteering during the week please send me a note so we can coordinate. Emily@psgsf.org
Posted by Emily (Dr. Eucalyptus) at 3:32 PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
|2nd Graders from Live Oak School|
As I was putting together my power point presentation for the 'at school' portion of the visit, I realized I had been giving this lecture since 2013. So much has happened at the gardens since then, including competing Pennsylvania Railroad Garden! Literally thousands of volunteer hours later (I keep track!) and the gardens are going strong. Many thanks to everyone who has lent a hand to Pennsylvania Street Gardens, and a Happy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing you all around this garden, and especially this Saturday January 7th at 10am for a workday. We are hoping the rain will come in later in the day, so 10am is a great time to get a little outdoor time in and make the gardens shine!
Friday, December 23, 2016
Common name: Bulbine, Cat's Tail, Jelly Burn Plant
Originally from: Southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland).
Blooms: Orange and yellow flowers are held above the foliage in late spring/early summer.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Although a succulent they seem to prefer occasional water over the summer.
Height x width: 18"x24"
Where to find in P. Garden: We have some dotted around the left bed and brights bed.
The genus Bulbine has about 80 species, which are found mostly in Southern Africa, with a few species extending into tropical Africa, about six in Australia and some in Yemen.
Bulbine frutescens is a nice little perennial with succulent, finger-shaped leaves and lovely delicate orange and yellow flowers. It's mostly dormant in summer, blooming in the spring, and then again somewhat in fall. It can be propagated easily by stem cuttings which can be planted immediately and kept in a shady area. They do not need any special attention or treatment, and build strong roots in a couple of months.
|Bulbine in San Diego|
The fresh leaf produces a jelly-like juice that is wonderful for burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites, cracked lips, acne, cold sores, mouth ulcers and areas of cracked skin. This plant is ideal to grow and is a useful first-aid remedy for children's daily knocks and scrapes. The Rastafarians make an infusion of a few fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is taken for coughs, colds and arthritis.
These plants prefer full sun, but they will also grow in semi-shade for part of the day. At PG it needs a bit of water - I wouldn't call it really xeric but rather "pretty drought tolerant," and I have to put it places where it will be somewhat damper for it to look good. It multiplies rapidly in the right conditions. Prune it when untidy, and deadhead for more flowers. For best results it should be planted in well-drained soil preferably enriched with compost.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
|Aloe arborescens "Lutea"|
Matt and I started the garden in early December 2008 when we were boyfriend and girlfriend, and rented a place on Pennsylvania Avenue. We planted the following plants:
4 Dietes - still doing great!
3 Hakea suaveolens - two out of the three are now solid trees - one fell over and we have to remove it.
3 Kunzea baxterii - no longer with us, their form was too large and floppy for the spots we planted them.
1 Coprosma australis (variegated) - while it's mostly reverted to plain green, this is a really tough border edging "hedge" we still have.
2 Geranium maderense - this seeded around and may pop back up.
3 Ceanothus "King Sip" (ground covering/low) - still doing great!
2 Geranium macrorhizum - not so drought tolerant... gone!
2 Dianella tasmanica - very drought tolerant but deemed too boring in color. We dug them up and gave them away, but did get a variegated version.
1 Aeonium - still doing great!
Since then, Matt and I have been married and bought a house, and Emily and a host of other volunteers joined us in beautifying the neighborhood. We have endured a few setbacks: severe drought meant we lost a lot of plants as a result, and we saw the Mariposa Center Garden accidentally razed by local developers. Our tools were stolen and plants defaced or stolen, but the overall net result of our efforts has been hugely positive I think.
Together we made the Pennsylvania Railroad Garden happen, and encouraged gardeners to use less water and plant things that like to be dry. We held monthly volunteer days like clockwork, and helped people understand how important gardens are to the mental health of a city - as well as creating a tiny oasis for wildlife!
I hope you'll join us in the garden in 2017. A few minutes spent picking up trash, or pulling weeds, is a gift to your neighbors and your neighborhood that everyone appreciates. Happy holidays!
Posted by Xanthoria at 2:36 PM