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Rockin' Rock Garden


Euphorbia nicaeensis

Tuesday is Master Gardener training day, which means we head to the County Fair building just outside of SF Botanical Gardens for an awesome day of class. We saw an aphid giving birth via microscope!  We’ll be posting about all the cool and not-so-cool insects we learned about soon.  If there’s an Euphorbia anonymous group out there I need to join it. I love them all.

Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia' and friends

I’m pretty sure that front guy is Armeria maritima ‘Rubrifolia’ (Sea Thrift), but not 100% sure. We have a plain old Armeria something, and I never really knew what it was until just now.

Mystery cool plant

Does anyone know what this adorable little guy is? The flowers remind me a little bit of Cerinthe flower wise.

Another side of the circle

The rock garden is situated at the entrance to the garden in a big circle. Sadly, none of my shots of the circle in its entirety turned out so great. Dang you fog! That mass o’super low growing sage green stuff is New Zealand native Raoulia australis (syn. Raoulia lutescens) or sheep plant.

Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum

This sweet little flower is a California native buckwheat (Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum). According to Calflora’s listing one of the common names is bastardsage. Cool! I’m super behind on my garden blog reading these days. Right now my google reader is telling me I’m 389 posts behind. Scary.


  1. mystery plant looks like Kent’s Beauty Oregano or one of the other ornamental species, though my plants are not so erect.

  2. Gosh, what a beautiful garden for September. I’m assuming those photos are recent. Your mystery plant looks like an oregano to me, maybe Origanum dictamnus.

  3. Lovely post. Beautiful rock garden.

  4. I concur with Denise, Origanum dictamnus, Dittany of Crete. I have a crush on ornamental Oreganos.


  5. This ROCKS!!! I’m lovin that Armeria!

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