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Fuchsia and Friends at Strybing

January 24, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Fuchsia hartwegii

Things are looking pretty bloomy over at the SF Botanical Garden right now. Yesterday I blogged about the aloes going crazy, but the fuchsias are freaking out all over the place too. I’m a big fuchsia fan. We have to have at least six in our new garden.

I tend to stay away from the super floofy fuchsias, but this one is just a wee bit floofy. I kind of want it.

Did you know the berries of this guy are really tasty? Check out this old post for even more fuchsia fun.

I’ve been obsessed with salvias lately. This is one of my favorites. We planted one we picked up at the garden plant sale for crazy cheap this summer and it’s been blooming ever since. An old Oakland neighbor with a fabulous front garden had one that I was obsessed with. For all things salvia check out Flowers by the Sea.

Doryanthes palmeri doing its thing

Love these crazy spear flowers from Australia. They’re like phormiums on steroids.

We used to have one of these guys back in our Outer Sunset garden. It always looked a little ratty, but the hummingbirds liked it. It was fun busting out the good camera at the garden again.

Aloe arborescens = Awesome

January 23, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 0 comments

The succulent garden at the SF Botanical Garden

It’s that magical time of the year when all the giant clumps of Aloe arborescens are full of flowers. Go to the SF Botanical Garden now to see all this awesomeness.

Cool coral Aloe arborenscens

I’ve always liked the corally colored guy in the upper succulent garden. The entire garden is looking pretty great right now.

Zoe Aloe

You may not know this, but we gave our child the middle name Aloe. Check out this link for more posts about aloes. We like them a lot.  Here are a few more reasons you should get over to the garden for the aloe fun fest:

More succulenty Aloe goodness

More crazy blooms

Boogie faced Zoe Aloe

Zoe turned 2 in September and is very silly.

General Store’s Got A Great Garden

January 21, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 1 Comment

Aeonium fun fest and the greenhouse

We recently spent some time walking around our old neighborhood in Outer Sunset and are absolutely in love with the back garden at General Store. It opened up before we moved, but the back was not nearly as cool then.

Wall of awesome

One of our colleagues at Flora Grubb Gardens, Taylor is responsible for much of this beautiful space and we’re impressed.

Kalanchoe blooms

I can’t get enough of these flowers. They last forever, too!

Our little Andy Goldsworthy

Zoe immediately started creating her own natural art work with stones on this wonderful rustic wood table, declaring “art” the entire time. If you’re ever down by the beach, definitely stop and check this place out. The parklet out front is fabulous, too.

Cool Container Town

January 20, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Containerville on the deck

It’s been a super long time since I’ve blogged, but we’re trying to get back in action again. After losing the battery charger for our DSLR camera for six months it was miraculously found and I took some pics of the backyard recently including the deck. When you are fortunate enough to work for a very nice garden center, sometimes pots get chipped or otherwise compromised in transit. That means employees get to take them home or they go in the trash. None of our pots are perfect with the exception of the terracotta pots are all cool hand-me-downs. All of the others have chips, cracks and other “issues”. Many of the filler plants are rescues from the plant hospital at Flora Grubb Gardens.

Cussonia spicata & friends

I have never loved a weird tree so much. This is our bathroom window. One night I was having beverages at Flora Grubb Gardens and decided Cussonia spicata was the perfect plant for the bathroom screening container. I can’t believe how huge it’s grown so quickly. I’ve always loved the scent of Pelargonium tomentosum and finally planted one in the turquoise container.

Greenovia aurea

I’m not 100% this is Greenovia aurea. Our plant geek friend Derek of Plantgasm moved to Oregon and we inherited a bunch of his fabulous plants including this one. So darn cute.

I’m a Euphorbiaholic. I can never have enough. That cool cresty Graptopetalum paraguayense in the background is also from Derek. I think it may have been one of our original La Playa Garden plants. We got quite a few of our old succulents back, which was really cool.


I can’t remember the name of the tall reddish guy in there, but I like it. Can anyone help me out?

African Blue Basil Bloom

A few months back I planted this guy and it just keeps blooming and blooming and blooming. The bees love it.

Othonna sp.

Love this cute thing I grabbed from the hospital at Flora Grubb Gardens. It’s been blooming like crazy this fall and winter. Hopefully you’ll be hearing from us more often here.

Put A Tillandsia On It!

December 3, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 3 Comments


Hello! It’s been forever since we blogged… LAME. We talk about it, but never seem to get around to it. Check out our Instagram accounts faroutmegan & fofmatti for more recent excitement and tons of Zoe pics. It’s not like we stopped gardening or anything crazy like that. I think our new SF garden is going to be the coolest one so far. I have grand plans for mass photo uploading and blogging this January.


You may or may not know that we fulfill all of Flora Grubb Gardens Web Shop orders from our basement. We also live one block away from the SF store in a rad three bedroom house built in the late 1800’s. Matti still works upstairs in the office at FGG. Anyways… we recently put together some super cool kits with everything you need to start sticking tillies on things. We also have kits that involve sticking succulents in things. Check out Flora’s cool new holiday gift guide, too!

Airplants: The Curious World of Tillandsias is a MUST HAVE by the fabulous Zenaida from Flora Grubb Gardens. You can add an autographed book to any kit.

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