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Garden Junk


After about a year of living in San Francisco,  it occurred to me that I could put glass and ceramic objects in the garden and they wouldn’t freeze and break over winter (sometimes I’m a little slow).  I love buying weird stuff at garage sales and thrift stores, but don’t have the perfect spot inside for my beloved red ceramic unicorn. He’s much happier hanging out with the succulents.

Five buck dragon garage sale score.

This freaky bunny/gnome thing was here when we moved in.

Garage sale creature.

Keeper of the Agave

Magic red unicorn.

Another funky creature.

Old surfboards are relatively easy to find out here.

These days finding a spot for new plants is challenging. I’m now on the lookout for unusual objects I can put plants in. I recently posted about funky containers for Life on the Balcony’s Blog Carnival.



  1. I love it! It reminds of me of this semi-secret garden near my new hood. I guess it’s technically in Mission Terrace. It’s where Cayuga St. dead ends, and there is this park filled with funky old wooden carvings, all done by the same man that used to to take care of the space. We’ll have to go sometime. Check it out: http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/sfparks/ig/Cayuga-Park/

  2. I love your garden! You’re definitely inspiring me with the succulents – they’re so beautiful.

  3. Love all the pics! They look great…and the unicorn does look very happy.

  4. OK… I’d been *this close* to asking some California friends if they could find an old surfboard for me, for this exact purpose, but I thought “Nah, I’m stereotyping, assuming old surfboards are relatively easy to find out there.”

    Well! I believe I’ll ask after all. 😉

    • I think it is hit and miss depending who you ask, and what neighborhood you live in. There is a little strip about 5-10 blocks from the Ocean that is considered part of the Outer Sunset neighborhood, but this little strip is considered Surfberbia…and boards are easier to find here than downtown SF. Matti

    • Craigs list would be the best place. Go to Crags list , San Francisco Bay area. Look in sporting goods – surfboards.
      Also look in garage sales in CL near Ocean Beach, Pacifica and Santa Cruz.
      E-Bay too.

      The garage sales will have the cheapest beaters.


  5. Very nice, they look great between all those succulents

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  7. I love it! A garden in a frost free zone is a great place to display quirky collections, and yours is a great example of how nicely it can work.

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