|Thanks to all our volunteers|
and Monica (photographer)
and Amanda (Flowers & Styling)
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Posted by Emily (Dr. Eucalyptus) at 6:16 PM
Sunday, August 2, 2015
|Out with the old, soon in with the new!|
John and Matt dismantling the shed
|We get the best visitors |
at the gardens!
Dog snuggles abounded.
Meanwhile, Carl, Justine, Debbie and I headed down to PRG to remove the mountain of trash that collects there weekly (!) and rip out as much of the fennel and other pesky deep-rooted weeds that seem to thrive in the bone dry soil that is down there. Annie and Matt had to leave to attend to horse-related duties, but were able to get started sorting out the compost with John at PSG. John did a
fantastic job with some expert pitchforking to get the piles sorted and turned. I hauled up some water from SF Paint Source (they are so nice!!) to help get the ultra dry compost going again and Nate showed up to help too.
|Cheery Justine makes quick|
work of the pathway weeds
|Nate, surrounded by numerous |
cacti at ground level,
takes care of difficult fennel
Overall a lot of great progress was made at both gardens and we had a really fun time chatting and making the gardens look even better! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next garden workday, hopefully with a new storage unit and maybe some rain (ok I'm just dreaming here....).
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|Come join us at our workdays!|
|A beautiful place |
for enjoying the outdoors that
always needs volunteer TLC
Everyone, green and black thumbs alike, is invited to our monthly workdays. Always! Per usual, our workday is the first Saturday of the month at 10am. That happens to be this Saturday August 1st. My Mom and I were out last weekend picking up trash and hand watering a few crispy trees, but there are plenty of tasks at all three gardens to do this coming weekend and we need your support.
We meetup at Pennsylvania Garden, gather supplies, divvy up tasks and disperse from there.
If you have any questions, please contact me at: Emily@psgsf.org. Hope to see you around the garden.
Posted by Emily (Dr. Eucalyptus) at 4:09 PM
Monday, July 6, 2015
The shed is dead. At the weekend I saw it'd been rifled through again and I spent some time cleaning it up, but this evening we found the door destroyed and hanging open. Matt and I emptied all the tools into my car and took them home.
Perils of street gardening, I tell you...
Friday, July 3, 2015
|Grubby toe or grubby root?|
It gave us a double take
when we turned the compost!
Many hands really do make light work and it is the consistent effort of the volunteers that keep the gardens going - thanks to everyone who participated, and I'm glad to welcome you back next year!
Friday, June 12, 2015
We have lots of Euphorbia characias in the garden and enjoy their compact shape and amazing chartreuse flowers. But when the flowers are over (more brown than lime green) they need to be cut back, so here's how.
|Don't do this|
That also means that pruning them around dogs and children needs to be done right.
First, do not just deadhead the tops of the flowers and leave sticks with nasty sap at small-beast eye level! Someone's gonna get hurt, and at the very least it looks ugly when you prune plants this way.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
One area hard hit is the brights bed at the top of the garden.
The gigantic Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila" is 90% wilted or dead (some parts may make it) as well as the Buddleja "Ellen’s Blue" and another Buddleja Joan gave us ages ago. Even the Kool Aid Bush (Psoralea pinnata) is looking dry.
The question is: when the drought ends, what will we replace them with?
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Today's volunteer day dawned bright and sunny, and Matt and I headed up to the garden ready for a few light tasks. Nothing major. It's hot, yaknow?
However, that was not to be. Super Volunteer Bob showed up and did All The Things:
1. Turned the compost LIKE A BOSS
2. Cut back the Chasmathes like it was HIS CAREER
3. Obliterated a huge nasty stand of ivy that was out of control AS IF IT WAS A DRAGON HE WAS FIGHTING. AND WON.
Not only that but his wife Barbie weeded the steps with determined efficiency, and Jackie came too and weeded the back terrace with great gusto. But really, honestly, Bob killed it.
I cut back some Euphorbias and Matt did all sorts of tub-trugs full of damage to weeds.
But Bob owned it.
Monday, May 25, 2015
|Some kind of Dyckia|
After that was done, Matt dug up a Phormium that has been hiding in the bushes for quite some time and potted it up so it can get some rehabilitation in a safe place. While he was doing that, he found a bag thrown in the shrubbery. A quick look inside revealed the name of the owner, and I left him a voice mail to say I had his bag and some cables if he wanted them. Shortly after that I found another of his bags, and when he called he was quite happy. He'll be reunited with his goods this week.
I also reconfigured some Aeoniums and planted an Agave parryii.
That said, here's a list of plants not looking happy at all this week:
Calla lilies (usually they die back this time of year, but at PG they normally remain green year round)
None of these would normally be called xeric, but drought tolerant they have been. Until now...
Saturday, May 23, 2015
|Thanks for dumping that...|
Even the Cussonia natalensis is looking iffy: if it dies I shall be very sad indeed. The Agaves, Aloes and other succulents are as happy as clams, naturally.
|Agave tequilana flowering|
We also picked up a dozen or more dog poos in bags. What is up with that dog people? Why do some of you pick up your pet's waste, bag it, tie it, then throw it in the bushes or straight up leave it on the path?
|Agave "Lemon Lime" |
Calandrinia and Kniphofias
In other news a number of Agaves are flowering now. The Agave tequilana we planted as a pup in 2009 is huge, and going off like a rocket (image shown) as well as BOTH of the big Agave americana "Lemon Lime" specimens that Matt and Paul brought from Healdsburg. I'm sad about that! Almost all species of Agave die after flowering so we will replace them with something equally epic when the flowers are done - which will be months from now.
Friday, May 8, 2015
|Luke made short work |
of the compost!
First off, Annie set about to taming the Salvia canariensis that was overgrowing into the pathway with its' beautiful silver and purple abundance.
|Jenna all smiles |
weeding the pathway
Annie removed some overgrown Euphorbias along the top path and replaced them with Aloe maculatas, as well as trimming up the giant Phormium "Alison Blackman" who will soon need to be moved elsewhere as she has become too mighty.
|Pathway clearing expert Joanne|
|A little art someone made|
in the dog area - lovely!
Hope to see you all at the garden next month!
Monday, April 13, 2015
The 'small' stuff is everything else! The Greater & Greener (http://www.greatergreener.org) conference visited the gardens today, and I was lucky enough to be able to take time to lead the tour an answer their questions. Participants ranged from the Deputy Director of City Operations of Copenhagen to a PhD student from Cambridge, and many, many people involved in conservancy programs in their city. The group asked a lot of great questions and thought the gardens looked great.
Way to go Potrero Hill!
Posted by Emily (Dr. Eucalyptus) at 5:09 PM