Flora Grubb & Our Garden

September 14, 2011 at 5:41 AM 29 comments

Recently, Graham and I took a little trip out to Flora Grubb Gardens in the dog patch neighborhood of San Francisco.  We were both blown away with the magnitude and variety of plants they had there.  The staff is also incredibly informative.  I highly recommend giving this place a visit…

After an in depth consultation on the grounds and some brain picking on what grows best in the fog belt, we walked away with a blood orange tree, mint, strawberries, margoram, and pinstripe petunias.  Our deck garden welcomed the additions…

It’s very rewarding to have a garden.  Although, one of my grandfather’s was a vegetable farmer and the other a strawberry farmer so I have some pressure to keep everything alive.

P.S. While I realize it would make more sense to have the tall orange tree on the other side of the bench instead of blocking the window, we have Jasmine growing in the other pot which we hope will grow on the fence.  However, we’re thinking of moving it and adding one more citrus tree for symmetry.  TBD

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29 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ashley  |  September 14, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    A blood orange tree? So cool (and I am so jealous!).

  • 2. Glynnis  |  September 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    It looks great – a farm you have growing on your deck!

  • 3. Katy  |  September 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Now THAT is inspriation. Immediately forwarding to my landlords and having them step it up.

  • 4. The Vintique Object  |  September 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    I LOVE Flora Grubb! Their wall of succulents is probably one of the best things I’ve ever laid eyes on!

    Your blood orange looks so great in that tall terra cotta pot. Just perfect.

  • 5. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife  |  September 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Lovely! We have a veggie/flower garden, and I always feel overwhelmed choosing annuals… Veggies are pretty easy. Great post!

  • 6. Mikalee Byerman  |  September 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    I’ve never even heard of Flora Grubb — yet I only live 4 hours away!

    Thanks for the latest entry on my “Next time I’m in San Francisco…” list. 🙂

  • 7. Jen Letts  |  September 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Ah man, that looks like the best store ever. I miss real garden centers.

  • 8. fornormalstepfathers  |  September 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Absolutely wonderful!

  • 9. ceciliag  |  September 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    How lovely to have a real garden shop. And those gorgeous herbs. A blood orange tree sounds so exotic.. c

  • 10. Suzanne  |  September 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Sold. Sold sold sold.

    That store is very similar to what I see in my dreams. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    I love a little garden inspiration. Always.

  • 11. JamieCurtisBaker  |  September 14, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    I love the last shot with the tree right below the window. It’s an amazing visual and a really well placed idea. I bet it looks just as cool from the inside out too.

  • 12. PCC Advantage  |  September 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    I admire your gardening skills that, according to your grandfathers’ history, you were born with! I am the world’s worst gardener, but I certainly appreciate other people’s gardens. 🙂

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  • 13. Mariajose  |  September 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    I think that I need to make it a goal to have a garden when I buy my home. You have some really nice pictures. I live in Miami and I’m actually in the process of making plans to visit some gardens in the area specially now during fall. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  • 14. deebendygarden  |  September 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Wow great post! As been invovled in our family nursery in Australia it is interesting to see how differently other shops are set up. Love the Flora grub its trendy looking place and it looks like an insperational place rather than offering large numbers of stock.

  • 15. Marcos Roberto  |  September 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Beautiful pictures !! I like diversity 🙂

  • 16. Dor  |  September 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Your deck garden is spectacular! So is your blog! I’ve subscribed. Thanks. Dor

  • 17. nestdesignstudio  |  September 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Love your blog! And love everything you have shown! Amazing!

  • 18. Karen  |  September 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM


  • 19. iwannabeaskinnyaire  |  September 14, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Love blood oranges! your deck looks great! Something you might be interested in is a new product coming out. It is a wall approximately 3 ft. by 3 ft…..just a guess….anyway, they have magnetic pouches that hold dirt and water and you can put plants in them and they magnetically attach to the space of wall you mount on your wall so you have a garden on your space of wall. It looks fantastic. YOu might want to look into that! I certainly will. If you want to know the name, let me know…thanks for the great pics and sharing!

  • 20. Lauren Stradford  |  September 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Garden looks great! Impressive to have that much in a small space. I should take note 🙂

  • 21. Sophia Morgan (griffinspen)  |  September 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    I bet the air around your house is now a lot healthier thanks to all those lovely plants!

  • 22. Mimi Maita  |  September 14, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Your blog is adorable!

  • 23. respectfullywritten  |  September 15, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    I just love plants. I was really impressed with how good everything looks. The Jasmine will grow on the fence, I have a pot of it below my three foot high deck and it has grown all the way up to the roof!! I would leave the Jasmine and do another tree for symetry if you have room (couldnt really tell from the pics). And I love that you have some greenery in the window.
    Where did you get those pots for the tree? Its so cool!!

  • 24. kkeerr  |  September 15, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Everything looks lovely. You make me long for a different climate, I live in MI and we are getting ready to watch most of our plants die back in preparation for the snow that will be here soon. Also, I like the blood orange tree in front of the window – natural covering for instant privacy.

  • 25. Gustavo  |  September 15, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Nice blog, keep going.
    What is the name of this nice flower that looks like rosmarin?

  • 26. Rai  |  September 15, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Beautiful! All I have right now is a mint plant because I live in a dorm room, but eventually I’m going to have a house full of plants. It’s going to be awesome. And full of oxygen.

  • 27. zenlifefrugal  |  September 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    You have me inspired to go gardening. I love the variety of the plants you are using!

  • 28. euroben  |  September 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Great photos. You must really enjoy that garden centre!

  • 29. gaycarboys  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    what a delightful vignette. We they strawberries in the tub?


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