Thursday, July 23, 2009

San Francisco: Flowers in the City

Last week Eric and I went to San Francisco for our friend Craig's 40th birthday party! It was great fun to see our old friends, check out our favorite spots and eat our favorite foods! Our fist day in San Francisco was spent walking through Bernal Heights, the Mission, the Castro, the Haight, Hayes Valley and Yerba Buena gardens. One thing I noticed, that was drastically different from Baltimore, was the plethora of cut flowers every where we went. There are flower shops and flower kiosks; cut flowers being sold at grocery stores, corner stores and liquor stores; cut flowers being sold at dress shops and baby clothes stores. There are cut flowers everywhere.

I’m not talking about the alstromeria or carnations or spray roses that you see at the Giant either. I’m talking about a dozen varieties of dahlias, hydrangeas in every shade of pink, blue and purple you can imagine, lisianthus, orchids, alliums in all sorts of shapes and sizes, proteas, bells of Ireland and more. There were loads of flowers I had never seen before too. What I especially loved was that at most of these spots, there were a dozen or more types of branches, seed pods, berries and leaves.

All this and it was just the first day! Coming soon...the farmers market and the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Market!

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