Far Out Flora

Our Hungry Little Caterpillar

January 18, 2014 by Megan | 6 Comments

Back in September a visitor arrived on our pot of flat leaved parsley. Right before we moved back to Wisconsin from SF we had the pleasure of seeing some Anise swallowtails released in our garden thanks to Tim.

This time one hatched out back all on its own. I’m all about planting for pollinators these days and it looks like it paid off.

Anyone know what this guy is on the Coreopsis tinctoria?

I love this tiny guy, but have no idea what it is. We have all kinds of cool stuff  flying around out back.

One last pic on the oregano it hatched from. For more butterfly action check out Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers.

Wave Garden Wonderfulness

January 16, 2014 by Megan | 5 Comments

Aeonium escobarii

We finally checked out the fabulous Wave Garden at the end of October. I’ve known about it for a long time, seen tons of beautiful pictures of it, heck I worked in Richmond twice, so there’s really no good excuse for it taking us so long to actually go there in person.¬† The plantings were designed by Kellee Adams. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the East Bay. Enjoy a few of our pics:

Cussonia paniculata and friends

Aeonium and Cuphea contained

Bougainvillea, Echeveria agavoides & friends

Wavy

More waves & Echeveria elegans

Matti, Zoe and the Richmond Bridge

Happy plant combos

Lovely Leucadendron

 

 

Fisherman’s Wharf Flowers

November 24, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

Look over there! Flowers! From probably two months ago… we haven’t been the best at uploading pics in a timely manner and blogging in recent years. I do make real life Shutterfly books of Zoe’s adventures, but I feel bad about the whole not blogging much anymore. Some time back in August/September I took the ferry over to SF on a lovely sunny day and took some pictures. Love the orange Zinnias.

Succulent crab was looking pretty happy.

The dahlias were already starting to mildew out, but looked awesome anyways.

 

After wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf I headed up some insane steps towards Telegraph Hill and got this nice pic. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a little more these days now that we’re settling in a bit. Here’s a link to an earlier Fisherman Wharf flower posts (they do an awesome job).

Beneficial Insect Spotted

November 2, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

It’s smiling

On Halloween we found this cute little lady bug in our garden.

Ladybug on the peas and dill

This spent dill and volunteer pea have created a real life ladybug haven in our garden.

 

Sunflower ‘Japanese Silver-Leaf’

This sunflower has been covered in aphids for quite some time. There’s a constant stream of ants going up and down farming them. It doesn’t seem to bother the plant too much, and is probably one of the reasons we have our ladybug hang out. It’s an awesome sunflower.

More ladybug action

Here are a few more pics from the garden:

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’

Marigold ‘Harlequin’

Veggieland

Anigozanthos

 

Glass Pumpkin Garden

October 30, 2013 by Megan | 11 Comments

Last weekend we hit up Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond for their annual Glass Pumpkin Patch sale. Back before we had ever moved to California I worked for a catalog/website in Wisconsin called The Artful Home that features artists from North America. It was through them that I met Molly Stone via email and phone (their beautiful pumpkins are always on the fall catalog cover). When we moved to San Francisco six years ago I worked as a greeter at one their sales and went home with two plastic bags full of succulent cuttings. I had no idea what any of them were at the time, but that’s how our original SF succulent garden started.

Zoe had tons of fun playing in the gravel and watching the glass blowers.

I think this is Aristolochia elegans, but I’m not 100% sure. Whatever type it is, it’s super cool.

Be sure to follow them on facebook to find out when the next sale is.