Thursday, March 25, 2010
After a century and a bit, it has finally made its roundabout way back into cultivation here in the US, and is available as an absolutely lovely bushy plant with scads of fabulous big white scented flowers, blooming for several months of the year. And as long as you don’t impose a complete watering hiatus upon it (though it is considered drought tolerant) it will give you nice foliage as well.
An added bonus is that if your house burns down, Carpenteria californica grows back and multiples best after a good, raging fire. Also, it apparently tastes quite bitter and is unappealing to sheep and deer, should that be an issue.
If you have a spot for a really pretty survivor do consider the tree anemone.
Weeds Garden & Interior Design
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
So it's a bit out of my "area" persay but it warrants a posting. Friend and fellow design junkie Larry Schaeffer started OK store on 3rd street and has been successfully operating it for several years now. The secret to his success is an artfully curated collection of jewelry, home accessories, gadgets, design books, and gift items from around the globe. It's the perfect place to stop in after brunch at Joans on Third, Toast, or Quality Good & Beverage (can you tell that I like brunch?). Larry is great at guiding you to the perfect gift for that special someone - Just ask my husband. OK, so I guided Scott to OK, and Larry took it from there.
- Mosey along Mission and make a left on Fair Oaks. Duck into Gus's Barbeque. By now you have worked up an appetite and what better way to satisfy it than to chow down on some of LA's best BBQ.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
And the logo.
In case you are in need of a really large industrial fan for your next loft or warehouse rehab project.
Not only that but their "mASScot" is an Ass named Fannie - and you can get your own free Fannie to dress up!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Ask anyone what is a weed and you'll get a barrowful of different answers. Dandelions..clover..ivy..sunflowers.. Sunflowers?
“Weeds” are really in the eye of the beholder. A beautiful peony in a field of corn (don't even get me started on monocultures) would be considered a weed, after all.
It’s a thankless job nowadays being a weed, poisoned or chopped to extinction. Yet, historically weeds were often let be to keep erosion at bay, to channel nutrients to topsoil from deep below, and encourage pollinators. Weeds were also gathered for medicines, foods such as wild carrots and strawberries (have you seen the price of dandelion greens at Whole Foods?) and useful materials like hemp, in both its licit and illicit forms.
Then there are plants that act like weeds but can pass as invited botanical guests in your garden. It all depends on the gardener and the context.
I think it’s high time to give “weeds” a chance.
Now, I’m not advising filling your borders with stinging nettles, unless you are planning to throw a fabulous nettle soup dinner party. What I am suggesting is to look for those plants which embody the spirit of a weed, its exuberance, energy, grow-forth and conquer attitude. And if you can cook it, so much the better.
So, which “weeds” qualify? Which are beautiful, hardy, non-invasive and, especially for these drought-conscious days? Which avoid being prissy, high-maintenance water hogs?
Let’s start with a classic, the Santa Barbara Daisy.
Santa Barbara Daisy, Erigeron karvinskianus, aka Mexican Daisy, is about as tough as they come. This plant thrives on being cut down only to spring back up into beautiful mounds with scads of tiny daisy flowers. Once it is established, just throw a little water on it when you think about it and mow it down periodically. Sorry, but you can’t eat this one.
A word of caution: as with anything, when it comes to weeds or weedy plants, you can have too much of a good thing. Some, like the Japanese Knotweed, may even have the USDA down on you with hazmat suits and nasty chemicals. Not-weed? I don’t think so. Watch it grow like crazy.
Weeds Garden & Interior Design
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Best way to describe this place is as a cabinet of curiosities. Amazing selection of jewelry a la Halloween in Philly. Fun, funny and slightly-off greeting cards. Accessories. Ridiculous sculpture that everyone needs (think chains with mini skulls and beavers wearing crowns). Very odd, but I dare you not to like it.
The Crazy Scissors
Blaine! School of Beauty (exclamation point must be included in intonation)