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LA City Hall Far-Mar

February 25, 2011

City Hall's shadow

Thursday’s my biggest work day: I’m on deadline with the HOME section and it can get a bit hectic. Helping to ease the frenzy is the weekly LA City Hall farmers market. Not only is it a great place to buy an awesome middle-eastern veggie plate (extra falafel, please!) but I could also pick up some sweet succulents in the shadow of LA’s iconic civic tower. Here’s a quick look at the far-mar …

Choices, choices

The succulent dealer’s a personable young woman, ready with the latin names of her offerings (something I still can’t wrap my head around).  Her offerings are small mostly, and diverse of foliage, texture, color and type; easy to tote back to nearby offices. When I tell her I live in Riverside she lets on that there are lots of succulent propagators out there — clearly she knows her stuff …

Succulent display

I’d love to grab some of these for myself, but until I can figure out a way to transport both succulents and myself without damaging either, I’ll just look on longingly … Not easy, though, I’m a sucker for a comely senecio.

From the sea

At the next booth, St. John Sponges is offering an amazing array of natural undersea beauties. I love the waxy hues and odd textures but my favorite is the ‘vase’, a tall bowl-shaped sponge that’s been dressed up with coral fans and a tiny boat. A tillandsia stands in for either a sea anemone or giant squid. Cute, but too nautical to come home with me … still I am attracted …

New color

City Hall is right across the street from the LAPD Headquarters and recently, maybe in response to the landscaping there, has added succulents to its grounds, too. Small aloes and agaves have appeared on the corners of planting beds that previously contained mostly bird of paradise. The salmon/orange color of aloe blossoms add a nice bit of hot color under the overcast skies.

They have it all!

Farm-fresh produce, cut flowers, deliciously fresh ethnic foods and desserts, even soaps, jewelry and clothes, can all be had at the farmer’s market …


The far-mar falls on Thursday each week, serving not only as a nice break when I really need one, but also a harbinger of the coming weekend. And that’s something to smile about!






4 Comments leave one →
  1. mattisalomaki permalink
    February 26, 2011 5:36 am

    Crazy little punk rocker orange there at the end. Fun walk. Hope the City Hall gardens stay more weed free than the LAPD gardens. Matti

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 26, 2011 6:26 am

      Exactly! And the LAPD HQ is still a mess…though there has been some weeding done…

  2. February 26, 2011 4:57 pm

    So happy to have found your blog via LostLandscape, one of the very best!
    I’ll be looking for you on FaceBook… and Stumbling the great posts.
    Especially keen on Pitzker College posts,
    and the faux bois reminds me of … is it the Huntington’s Japanese Garden?
    In the planning stages for a trip to the desert: thanks for reminding me about Niki de Saint Phalle’s incredible park!
    aka Bay Area Tendrils
    & Alice’s Garden Travel Buzz
    …..I’m subscribing ;~D

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 26, 2011 4:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Alice! I just discovered LostLandscape this morning and I have a lot to catch up on; now I have yours, too, to look forward to. Thanks for subscribing and I hope you enjoy. Reuben

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