sunday in the city.
by victoria comment


this is a side of san francisco that i rarely share – the more suburban side. there’s this funny little neighborhood lucy and i pass on our way to and from fort funston every weekend. and the shrubs? well, they just make me smile. it’s almost as if each neighbor tries to out fancy the other with their bizarre topiary skills. anyway, today i stopped and shot a couple. i call it ‘attack of the mad suburban shrubbery’.

20 responses to “sunday in the city.”

  1. These are hilarious. However, I must admit, I am a bit competitive. If I lived in this neighbourhood I might have to go all Edward Scissorhands on their asses ;)

  2. I think those shrubs must be a San Francisco tradition, and still one of the things I love most about the city. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things about visiting San Francisco was seeing the landscaping at the homes of my parent’s friends — the plants were always in so many different shapes!

  3. These are cute and I find they suit the architecture. I have cedar hedges and don’t do anything to them and therefore don’t really like them…maybe I should take it up a notch and get those clippers out!

  4. there are blocks and blocks of these houses. all of the south san francisco is covered in these “little boxes on the hillside”. there’s something a little stepford about them, but charming in their own way, too.

  5. I used to walk past a lot of house like this… on the east side of 19th Ave… walking between my house at 10th and Lawton and classes at San Francisco State University. All those funny shrubs would make me giggle and smile like crazy on those walks. Some of the most interesting architecture and landscaping are to be found in those ‘suburban’ neighborhoods. It looks straight out of Edward Scissorhands or something.

  6. I love that neighborhood! I like driving through there on my way home from Funston, too. I adore the architecture, bright colors, and wacky shrubs. You captured some great shots! -Lee

  7. I’ve never really thought about it before you pointed it out, but it does seem that SF in general has a lot of strange shrubs and hedges!

  8. hehe, silly people! love the brightly colored homes though. the midwest doesn’t see much of that, and if a person does paint their home a bright color they are considered rather strange :(

  9. I never realized until I moved away from SF that these shrubs were so unusual, so I appreciate them even more now. They always make me think of Dr. Seuss books, too (like Karen). I used to pass that neighborhood going from Daly City (the Westtlake area) to my aunt’s house in Twin Peaks.

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