Rain and fog has—at last!—returned to San Francisco. And what better way to cheer up dull skies than with a bunch of gorgeous flowers? Here are the best places in SF to beautify your space with some splashes of color.
Remember micro-herbs? About two years ago miniscule strains of cilantro and basil were sprouting up on the most progressive menus around town. "Now the movement is towards more of a modern naturalism," says Ravi Kapur of Prospect. He's talking about flowers. Edible petals, blossoms, sprays and shoots are sprouting up everywhere.
They might look rare, but some of these blooms are about as easy to find around town as rosemary. David Barzelay of the Lazy Bear underground restaurant sees the current uptick as a result of our ever-tightening bond with local farmers coupled with chefs' growing desire to get out in the field and forage for themselves. Here's a handy guide to the most popular edible blooms of San Francsico and where to find them.
We didn't make it to Carnaval this year... or any year, for that matter. Instead we'll get pumped about celebrating not with booze, not with crazy parades filled with debauchery, but with... the Pacific Orchid Expo? Okay, it's not exactly the same as partying it up in Rio, but for orchidophiles, it's about as exciting as it gets.
We promise this will be our last Valentine's Day-related post for the year, in case you're feeling the love. But we have to pass along this tidbit of information for anyone who just realized their significant other actually does want a gift, despite what he or she says. Take them down to the Curiosity Shoppe today or tomorrow and you can pick up a gorgeous bouquet by pro Megan Dempsey from Letter Paper Flower.
Chocolates last about a day; roses, a week. So what's the best way to commemorate everlasting love? We'll take a nod from our tiny, oft-neglected garden where the only plants to survive–let alone flourish–are our lovely succulents. These things are hearty, and a good way to convey to a loved one that you're in it for the long haul.
Locavores may be adamant about only buying food from nearby farmers, but when the dining table is dressed with flowers flown in from South America the point is kind of lost, no? Enter Lila B. Design, a San Francisco floral design company cultivating "City Grown" flowers for their bouquets. Inspired to grow flowers for her business, owner Baylor Chapman has turned concrete tops in some of the city's most industrial neighborhoods into lush gardenscapes, benefitting not just Lila B.'s beautiful floral designs but also the communities in which they are grown. You can see Baylor's urban gardens at Stable Cafe in the Mission (tomatoes grown in the lot are used in the restaurant's offerings) and in a commercial lot in Dogpatch.
One of the best ways to refresh the look of your home is with a bouquet of beautiful flowers. You get a splash of color, natural beauty, and often a nice clean scent to fragrance your space. But while adding flowers to your decor has always been heralded as a great, inexpensive perk for your home, such isn't always the case. Bouquets can cost anywhere from $50 to well over $100; one in every room and all of a sudden your weekly flower fix has become quite a pricey habit. But it doesn't have to be so! ABC's View from the Bay compiled some tips for filling your home with summer blooms on a budget.
Giving your mom a bouquet of flowers is sweet, but come on - the woman gave birth to you. You can do a little better than that. Get her something that'll last longer than a week by taking her over to Flora Grubb this weekend. She can pick from their wide selection of succulents, herbs, or flowers, choose a colorful pot, and tada! A gift for your mama that will last until next Mother's Day and beyond. Also, stop by this Sunday and all moms will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate from the store - much more enjoyable than that old Safeway bouquet, right?
Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year seem to have gotten it right - after all, wouldn't you rather wake up on the first day of the year surrounded by flowers instead of empty beer cans? Exactly. Stop by the Conservatory of Flowers, where from now until February 8th they are celebrating the new year with a botanical bounty of artfully arranged floral displays, all created for this year of the Ox. You can also attempt your own arrangement at home, which, depending on the flowers used, may bring luck to you in the upcoming months. Here's a list of several commonly used plants and their meanings:
Peach Blossom - Luck
Kumquat - Prosperity
Narcissus - Prosperity
Chrysanthemum - Longevity