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March Bloominess

March 15, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 12 Comments

Parrot’s Beak

It’s been years since I’ve done a Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post, but we have lots of blooms going on out back. Enjoy some of our crazy spring blooms:

Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’

Sonchus canariensis

The deck of fun

CA Natives: Tidy Tips and Camissonia bistorta

Crazy cool Calendula

Melianthus major starting to bloom with a Manihot neighbor who just woke up

Tilly Wreath Fun Time!

March 11, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 1 Comment

Lucky Spring Tilly Wreath Class

Are you busy this Thursday, March 12th? We’re teaching a fun and super inexpensive class for the Etsy Craft Lab at the Museum of Craft and Design where you’ll learn to make a cool tilly wreath with mossy sticks (it’s super easy) and drink an Irish coffee. Hope to see you there!
p.s. I highly recommend the Dogpatch Saloon just down the block for pre-class beverages.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Make a Lucky Spring Wreath

Thursday, March 12
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street, San Francisco
$5 for Members/$10 for Non-Members. For adults 21+ TICKETS>>
Looking forward to hosting that St. Patrick’s Day party next week but
lacking in festive decorations? Come have an Irish Coffee and make a spring wreath with mossy twigs, air plants, and a bit ‘o gold– perfect for the holiday and coming season! Matti and Megan, founders of Far Out Flora, lead this fun evening. 21+


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.