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Palms: indoor vs. outdoor

I saw these palms inside a marbled atrium in downtown San Francisco. I don’t think a haircut will solve the issue of vertical growth overtime so I wonder what happens when they reach the top.

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Meanwhile in the Mission District, these tall palm trees align busy sidewalks. If you happen to encounter these trees on a windy day, you might find some of them swinging in an unsettling manner.

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Tree Haircut

How many people does it take to give a tree a haircut? One human to trim and one extra to collect all the clippings. This was spotted on Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Tight Spaces

San Francisco can feel claustrophobic at times. Perhaps, this sentiment may be shared among our green friends who also live in tight spaces.

 

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The thought that this cactus will grow any taller makes me slightly uncomfortable.

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Never Let Me Go

Every so often, while walking through the city, I come across a chain link fence like this one. It tells the story of a relationship past. Surely we all recognize the feeling, we have all been indelibly marked by someone who was once close but has since gone away?


Though the friend may be gone, he always leaves something of himself behind.


Or maybe this fence could just use a good flossing!

Seating for one in Japantown

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This chair was spotted in Japantown last weekend. The stump seems to be taller than most tree stumps found on the streets of San Francisco. The chair has a back, high armrests and is slightly elevated from the ground. It received some attention from a few passersby but no one curious enough to sit in it except for me. It is functional for a small and petite adult or a child but it was a bit low to the ground and snug when wearing a long coat. I imagine it doesn’t get much use given its location and the intimate view of an apartment complex’s entrance. It was surprising to see something that often goes unnoticed receive much attention from its maker and from the pedestrians that day. 

Music for Plants

In 1976, Canadian-born composer Mort Garson released an album called Mother Earth’s Plantasia to be played for growing plants. Maybe your spider plant been looking a bit gloomy lately. Perhaps, you can cheer it up with “Symphony for a Spider Plant” or other songs on this album. The compositions are playful and delightful but the album makes me curious about the topic of music’s influence on plants. A quick search led me to a few articles about theories and studies on this subject, such as this one. I wonder how the growth of urban plants compares to the growth of plants in their natural habitats.

Garson’s plant-based opus looks to be out of print but I was able to find a fun track entitled “Swinging’ Spathiphyllums” below. Hope you can enjoy this with your plants at home!

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You’re invited to the Tiny Haus at the Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin’s coolest community garden (where you can drink beer between trees), for an exhibition this Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm (September 3-4). Drawings and herbarium specimens will fill the room, made by students from the past two Botanical Drawing Workshops taught by my friend and fellow urban plant lover, Mira O’Brien.

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