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Our New Plant Babies

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Babies

Yesterday I brought home my first tray of plants from work. I felt kind of bad for them when we hit the fog coming back in to San Francisco. No more sunny Richmond skies for these guys. After a little over three weeks at  Annie’s Annuals as the new sign maker I finally picked out most of my monthly plant allowance. I’m proud to say I actually put some thought in to where they were going to go. Here’s what they’ll going to look like when they grow up (if you click on the pic it will take you to Annie’s site for more info):

Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'

We’ve been wanting a Ceanothus for quite some time, so I thought I’d give this new dark leaved guy a shot. It’s a crazy cross between a California native and an East Coast Ceanothus. Can’t wait to see what it does.

Leonotis menthifolia

I’ve been ogling Leonotis leonorus in other people’s gardens for months. This is an even sweeter version. I’m a sucker for anything with  orange flowers. The fact that they’re fuzzy is the icing on the cake. Sounds like it blooms nearly year round in our neck of the woods too.

Dudleya pulverulenta “Chalk Liveforever”

Another addition to our Dudleya collection (we’re up to three). One of the very first plants I bought from Annie’s about two years ago was Dudleya traskiae “Santa Barbara Liveforever”. We’ve got Dudleya hassei “Catalina Island Live-Forever” too. You can never have too many Dudleyas.

Athanasia pinnata

Maybe I should have read the sign a little more carefully before taking this home. I didn’t realize it can grow up to six feet tall until just now. It can battle it out with its new neighbor the Agave americana.

Echium russicum

It’s red, it’s rare, it doesn’t get ginormous. What’s not to like? One of these days we’ll post a picture of our Echium wildpretii
“Tower of Jewels”
.  We didn’t have a place to plant it when we bought it about a year ago, so we threw it in a big container where it’s been surprisingly happy. I’m still not convinced we’ll get a “Tower of Jewels” out of it, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Cerinthe retorta

About a month ago I posted about our mass quantities of Cerinthe major atropurpurea (most have been severely chopped or pulled out). I was kind of over the whole Cerinthe madness until I saw this one. I love the purple tipped flowers and splash of yellow, so the madness continues…

Euphorbia rigida

It’s not possible to have too many Euphorbias is it? This is our eighth species. I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time.

Fuchsia denticulata

The Fuchsia obsession continues! I won’t even say how many we have. It’s starting to get a little embarrassing, but I still want more. SF Botanical Gardens shared this one with Annie’s. “Established plants can bear up to 30 blooms per stem.” Seriously? That’s insane. I’ve been facinated by Fuchsia procumbens “Creeping Fuchsia” lately. It really does get lots of juicy grape sized (not so great tasting) fruit.

Sedum album ‘Nigrum’ “Chubby Fingers”

Our plant isn’t as dark as the sedum in the picture, but definitely darker than our generic Sedum album. Something tells me we’re going to have a lot of this in a very short time.

Caulanthus inflatus “Desert Candle”

This crazy California native is straight out of a Dr. Suess book. I had no idea this plant existed until a week or two ago. It doesn’t look real. While googling around I found a watercolor from 1935 on Smithsonian’s website.

I still have four more plants to pick out before the end of the week. The magical self watering container on wheels needs a seasonal veggie switch out. I think I’m going to go crazy with peas and mixed greens. It’s still a little hard for me to believe that I work at Annie’s. It was only last February when I blogged, “Annie’s Annuals & Perennials (A Love Story)”. Now they actually pay me money to look at pictures of cool plants all day. Craziness.

P.S. If anyone has a good picture of a Faucaria boscheana they’d be willing to share for a sign and website post let me know. I’ve been having a tough time taking/finding a pic that I like.

8 Comments

  1. Dudleyas are awesome. I have a few (in admittedly varying states of awesomeness) and never get tired of them. Cerinthes, on the other hand, are cool in the neighbors’ gardens. Bees love them and they look good in the right conditions. But my biggest problem with them was the hard, semi-pointed seeds they dropped everywhere. Not fun to step on in bare feet.

  2. Oooh Exciting!! Enjoy the new plants!

  3. Most excellent purchases! And you are the luckiest woman on earth.

  4. Sweet new babies ! Always something exceedingly cool to be had at Annies.

  5. I love all the different shapes! Spirals and rosettes and drooping tubular bells. Your garden must be insane….Good luck with the Tower of Jewels!

  6. OMG you work at Annie’s? It is my dream to work there!

  7. Thanks for all the comments everyone! It’s true, I work for Annie’s. It’s awesome.

    Tom: Our Cerinthes haven’t made it to the pointy seed stage yet. We have a few that are looking pretty crappy and need to be pulled out.

    Loree: We get to take a flat of plants home every month. Seriously. Today a gopher ate our Strelitzia nicolai that was starting to get really happy, and it didn’t even piss me off. Now I have room for another new plant.

    Katie: You should come check it out. There’s always some crappy sections happening, but I think it’s looking pretty sweet.

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