Orchid or lily? No. Gladiolus. I planted “Mardi Gras” gladioli corms in April (2019) & was surprised this summer by quite a display of color: bright yellow, vibrant red, & this one to the left — looks like a pansy but acts like an orchid! “Glads” worked well on my Twin Peaks deck this year for a continuous August bloom.
At my admin day job (UCSF), I led a terrarium making tutorial & had a great turn out of co-workers ready to push their computer screens aside & get their hands dirty. We have staff enrichment activities (from visiting the Old Mint in SF to pottery painting at Earthfire) & this past spring our HR coordinator asked if I was willing to share my love of terrarium making with the office. I was. I brought in some river & beach stones from my collection; HR provided the succulents, soil, moss, & off we went!
My co-workers’ terrarium choices reflect their individuality.
URBAN PASTORAL GARDENS
In 2012, I co-founded Urban Pastoral Gardens (UPG), an edible container-garden company, with local writer-artist Julie Gesin. Our business took its name from “Urban Pastoral,” a poem in my chapbook Heliotropes. Though the California drought challenged our business and new goals (Julie went back to school for her MFA and I took a full-time day job at UCSF) pushed us into different directions, we maintain the UPG motto: grow your own in whatever space you can! Our Facebook page remains a homage to our urban gardening project.