San Francisco is feeling like paradise this week. Everything is in bloom! The air smells amazing! Once again I’m considering my staying options.
In tribute to this week’s trip to San Francisco, a photo I took on my last trip to one of my very favourite places.
I’ll be traveling to San Francisco this week to hug some palm trees and give a talk at the University of San Francisco to a group of students on the topic of Garden Literacy. The talk is open to the public so anyone is welcome to come by and hear me discuss writing about gardening online, my own evolution as a garden writer, and the effect Michael Pollan’s “Second Nature” and Lorraine Johnson’s “A Gardener’s Manifesto” have had in reexamining my relationship to nature as a city-dweller and the positive role I can play as a gardener. Phew. Believe it or not that all ties together in a progressive and logical way.
The talk and subsequent discussion is very much geared towards the the students’ curriculum and their own explorations in finding their voice and being creative online, but I hear rumors that there will be snacks and I will be bringing buttons. And really, that’s pretty much how I lure in my audiences these days. They come for the buttons, but they stay for the awesome power of my public speaking might. Or they fall asleep and snore in the back row. That has happened too.
Sure we’re already mid-way into the growing season but it’s not too late to plant seeds and it is certainly not too late to buy seeds with pretty packaging. I found these Asian seeds by Kitazawa Seed Co. at Soko Hardware in an Francisco’s Japantown and could not resist their understated but well-designed packages for my collection.
I plan to try out the watercress seeds immediately as an experiment and will use the daikon seeds in my sprouter. I already have my shiso crop in place for this year and being hardy self-seeders probably won’t need the seeds next year but I thought, What the hey, and bought them anyways.
Browsing through the website I can see that they have a huge selection of Asian veggies and herbs that I have never seen anywhere else. Check out ‘Tankuro’, a black seeded soybean, ‘Japanese Long Scarlet‘ an elongated, red radish, and ‘Kurogoma‘ black sesame seeds! Too late and too much for this year but possibles for next year’s experiments.