Orchid Eviction

AboutOrchids has moved to a new home! We had rented a sunny garden apartment in the middle of San Francisco since the mid-1990’s, but our building was sold last year. With San Francisco’s eviction epidemic making national news, we weren’t surprised when the new owners kicked us out. It’s been very stressful, but fortunately, Dave and I found a wonderful new home. It’s in Pacifica, a beach town about 20 minutes drive south of San Francisco. We’ve just moved in, and our lives are still stuffed in boxes around the house.  I’m happy to report that all our orchids have survived the journey (so far!)

Pacifica is a great town, known for a laid-back surfer scene and lots of foggy weather. There’s even an annual Fog Fest to celebrate the sand and surf. I’m no surfer, but I’ve visited Pacifica many times over the years, and have friends who live here. Still, it’s a big change from city life.

Moving 10 miles (16 km) away may not seem like much of a change for the plants, but the San Francisco Bay Area is a land of microclimates. Here in Pacifica, we’re right on the coast. There’s much more wind and fog this close to the ocean. Salty air may take a toll on some plants, and strong winds will be a constant challenge. In our San Francisco garden, raccoons and squirrels occasionally caused plant damage. Here in Pacifica, I can add gophers and skunks to the list of troublesome critters.

The new house, back patio, and back garden are all south-facing, so there’s lots of light. Foggy days will give relief from the sun’s strength for many orchids. On sunny days, I’ll need to watch that it’s not too hot, or the plants may burn. I’m keeping both indoor and outdoor orchids in shade for the first few weeks. Then I’ll try to figure out the best spots for different plant needs. In the meantime, it’s back to unpacking…

View of Pacifica, California, looking south

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5 Comments on “Orchid Eviction”

  1. Delia Franklin Says:

    I’m sorry since you had to go through this! It’s so frightening to be kicked out of your home. Your plants survived at least!

  2. Carson Says:

    Wow, tɦis is so terrible, my sister got evicted from her place to, so I am
    going to tell her.
    Good luck in your new home!

  3. Rudy Says:

    That is a horrible situation to be in. I’m so sorry, guys.

  4. AboutOrchids » Blog Archive » Orchid Post Mortem: Myoxanthus Says:

    […] With the past few months spent finding a new home and moving, I didn’t have time to blog about it until now. […]

  5. Martin Gray Says:

    Oh man, that sucks. I hope it worked to find a place that turns out to be even better. Best luck in your new home!