If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, Spring happens too quickly. In my effort to enjoy it all it becomes a mad dash to keep up with it and not miss a single flowering tree or blooming bulb plant. And this spring has been particularly bad because the early rush of warmth forced everything to accelerate.
I took this photo of magnolia blossoms yesterday afternoon on our way to have lunch and get groceries, and when we walked past it a few hours later these flowers were more fully opened. It happens that fast!
This is an Echium (I don’t know which species), a large, towering flower related to borage that is so prolific around San Francisco you can’t seem to turn a corner without bumping into one. I must have taken several dozen photos in a variety of media (digital, polaroid, film, macro) as evidence. Another plant thoroughly documented and recorded.
My attraction to this plant lies in the fact that it reminds me of one of my favourite local wildflowers Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare), which is not surprising since they are in the same genus. These enormous San Francisco echiums are basically monster-sized versions of the same plant.
I took this picture at The University of San Francisco Garden Project, a productive, organic food garden that is being built and farmed by 11 freshmen students who work the garden, take classes, and live together!
It’s an amazing project although I have to admit that while the garden part of it is a dream, I don’t know how those students do it, maintaining their sanity and their relationships while working and living so closely. In my second year of university I lived in a house whose population maxed out at ten by the summer, including a dude who lived in our garage! I guess I am just not cut out for communal living since I will never forget the madness of the social experiment that was living in that house for a year.
I can’t stand these things indoors. Their smell is so intense it permeates the entire space, giving me a major floral smell headache. But they sure are pretty when the light shines through their petals. And the smell when diffused outdoors is just enough.
I found these scattered around one of the plots at my community garden last week. One of the gardeners left their tomatillo plants in over the winter with a few husks still on the vine and they had decayed into a lacy shell. I think they are pretty and stuck some on the ends of my pea trellis as decoration.