Far Out Flora

Happy June Bloom Day!


Hurray for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! We’ve got some good stuff blooming right now.

Monkey Flower (Mimulus)

I had some Mimulus back in Wisconsin. I remember it being a pain in the neck to deadhead. It still is…

Asiatic lilies

Our back neighbors gave us this  lily. It was a half dead Trader Joe’s plant, now it’s a huge happy thing (four more big stalks are getting ready to bloom).

Finger Aloe (Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Flavida')

I never really knew what this guy was, but it looks just like San Marcos Growers pic of Finger Aloe (Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga ‘Flavida’). Love the flowers!  This one is tucked (nice way to say jammed) in a relatively shady corner behind our big Agave americana.

Fuchsia spp.

This guy has been on the verge of death many times (mostly due to neglect and crappy real estate). About a month or two ago I finally gave it a permanent home in the ground, and it’s flowering! It still looks kind of sickly, but I think it’s much happier in the new spot.

Passionflower vine

I’m not loving this vine right now. Two kind of crappy flowers for how huge it is doesn’t make me love it. I keep having to cut it away from the other two vines on either side I like more. Next year it might have to go to plant heaven.

Sedum forsterianum ssp. elegans ‘Silver Stone’

This guy came from Annie’s Annuals. We love Annie’s. It’s probably a good thing that we need to cross a bridge or two to get there. If it was closer, we’d be in big trouble. I spend hours on their website dreaming about my next visit.

Pretty flowers

There’s all kinds of good blooming things here.

Aloe something....

Man… sometimes I just don’t know (and I’m tired of playing plant detective). I’m guessing it’s some sort of hybrid. Anyone know?

Pitiful bougainvillea with happy aeonium

There is more than this, but it’s looking kind of young and gawky. It still needs a few years. The aeoniums are there to distract you from it’s sad display. PS: The petals are really bracts (modified leaves). I feel like someone is shouting “nerd”  right now.

Sweet Pea Vine

This sweet pea (Lathyrus odorata)  is from Annie’s. I forget which one, but it’s great. I thought this one was a goner for awhile, but once it established all heck broke loose. It really compliments the beautiful blue roof of our neighbors shed.

dON’t FoRGET!!!!!

Tuesday, June 15th SF Succulent and Cacti club meeting is happening at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. You can start buying super cool plants from the seller/s of the month at 7PM. Meeting starts at 7:30. It’s all about Echeverias tonight! Brian Kemble, curator at The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be speaking. The $1.00 raffle is really cool too.


  1. Great display for GBBD. Love the lilies and the fuchsia.

    Passionflowers grow wild here. We call them “Maypops.” You never know where they will pop up, either.

  2. I have an Aloe like that in a pot that I lug out in summer and have to keep on the sunporch in our cold winter climate. I was amazed the first time it bloomed for me. I’ve had it many years and it has lots of babies now, which probably need to be moved into their own pots. It amazes me to see the plants growing outside in San Francisco that we can only have as potted plants. Love dem sedums, but once again, here I have them indoors.

    • I’m still amazed. Matti and I are originally from Wisconsin, and are familiar with lugging pots in and out every year. We joke that we moved here because jade plant grows in shrub form here :)

  3. That’s the most beautiful Mimulus I’ve ever seen.

  4. What artistic photos … love the blooms and colors!! ;>)

  5. Spectacular blooms! I love the red of the sweet peas and your aeoniums are amazing!

  6. Amazing bloom day post. That cotyledon reminds me of a dudleya I saw in bloom recently. Passifloras scare me. I’m always tempted by the photos but they get raggedy and huge pretty quick here. What a fine garden you have to prowl around for hours.

  7. How ’bout you just box up everything in this post and send it to me. Thanxkbai!

    LOVE you guys :)

  8. Next year it might have to go to plant heaven.

    You’re mailing your Passiflora to Hawaii?

  9. Very colorful! I love how you have container plants mixed in with the traditional gardening as well. Your fuchsia is beautiful and I’m happy it “made it!”

  10. Lots of lovely blooms-I love the luscious color of the sweet pea.

  11. Looks like your garden is blooming away nicely. Thanks for sharing

  12. “a half dead Trader Joe’s plant”…ha!…thank you for saving it! I wonder how many just end up in the trash. Everything looks simply gorgeous!

  13. Love your succulents! the aloe flowers look like banana bunches.

    Does your passion vine give you fruit?

    • So far it hasn’t. It’s not likely to fruit though. I wish I would have put a more interesting red passionflower in, or one that fruits. Then it wouldn’t bother me that it’s trying to take over the garden.

  14. love the pics and love the new header, great typographical choices!

    • Thank you! Just put it up a few hours ago. The old type was appropriated from flickr… I took pictures of the new letters using my trusty hipstamatic :) They’re all from within three blocks of our apartment too!

  15. You already have so many plants in blooms. I have only geraniums in full blooms, rest all have just started to open buds and fuchia cuttings are just setting up buds.

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