This week, SF Weekly reported on the long-awaited designation of San Francisco's native Franciscan manzanita as a federally protected endangered species. This overdue pronouncement finally curtails a yearslong part-Kafka, part-Heller situation in which the very last Franciscan manzanita in the wild ... More >>
A SFoodie series on what to do with your farmers' market impulse buys and CSA box surprises.
Fiddleheads, a springtime delicacy, are the edible coils of the immature Ostrich fern. They are foraged early in the season, before the ferns unravel. The taste is often likened to mild and slightly bitte ... More >>
Fruit trees near the SF Weekly officesThere's nothing quite as refreshing as fresh fruit on a summer day, but sometimes the supermarket is too far to justify a trip just for some fresh plums. So what do you do?
Try walking around the block. There are over 5000 fruit trees on public land in ... More >>
Is this your life?In a city where lawmakers so joyously took the happy out of the Happy Meal, it's curious why San Francisco is now skipping out on an opportunity to teach kids that apples are tasty, too. This week, the award-winning Fruit Tree Tour is descending on almost every city in th ... More >>
Are succulents a gateway plant?
Let's be honest. We all know what the No. 1 cash crop is in the Sunset. The specter of valuable marijuana plants being stolen by well-armed entrepreneurs -- or defended by equally well-armed businessmen -- is just one of the factors that makes living next door to ... More >>
It's pretty -- but is it seven bucks worth of pretty?Last month we wrote about a debate among the tulips: In order to make up for a shortage of funds, Recreation and Park Department officials were proposing a $5 to $7 entry fee for Strybing Arboretum. And yet, since the city feels the arboretu ... More >>
For sale, by owner -- where'd he go?There are some things you never, ever want to buy used: Undergarments, motel mattresses, or sex toys spring to mind.And while it's not revolting, the idea of purchasing a second-hand plant is certainly unusual -- what is the blue book value of a 1998 African Viole ... More >>
Triclops! Montonix and Triclops!
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
Words and Images by Brian Moss
Better Than: Sappy sad rock in the rain.
Ah, springtime in the city. Gone is the soggy gloom of winter and the fog has yet to spoil our summer. Sunshine, exposed skin, outdoor socializing, and u ... More >>
Joe EskenaziSan Francisco's native plants, like the Raven's Manzanita, are old hands at coping with the region's mercurial weatherOne of the joys of speaking with folks whose institutional memories stretch back to the days when the Canaanites roamed the earth is being told -- repeatedly -- how ... More >>
"If trees could scream, would
we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed
all the time, for no good reason." -- Jack HandeyNo, Virginia, plants cannot talk. But, if they could, San Francisco's would ape our human population -- and protest. The unseasonably hot weather induc ... More >>