The Week in Bloom


Ene and I began the week in Oakland’s China Town preparing for a rush of meetings and site visits for a fast-tracked public art project. It was Chinese New Year and the cacophonous stutter of firecrackers cleansed the streets and businesses of evil spirits, their exploded carcasses littering lovely patterns on the sidewalk.


As we prepared our proposal back at our studio compound, the fair weather continued to push a reluctantly welcome early spring, with the camellias at their peak and many new plants in bloom, including:


The Christmas camellia (camellia sassanqua)


A variegated vinka, or periwinke


and the azeleas, all of which helped ease the pressures of an intense week.