Far Out Flora

November Blooms


Aloe varigata

It’s that festive bloomy time of the month where May Dreams Garden hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. At some point I will no longer be amazed that I can not only garden, but things are actively growing in mid-November. Coming from Wisconsin, this is still a weather miracle for us. This past weekend it’s been over seventy and sunny. Matti was topless gardening all weekend. How many years will it take for this amazement to go away every lNovember? Anyways…here are a couple pics of what’s blooming in our backyard right now.

Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Yeah, only a few flowers are open… but I’ve been waiting forever for this guy to qualify for bloom day status. There’s a good chance it will show up next month too. Hurray for Freddy!

Faucauria tigrida?

Not really sure if this is really a tigrida, but it’s likely. I was always afraid of certain mesembs like this guy, but my fear is gone. I’ve been jamming in Faucauria all over the place for quite some time now and they’re happy as little baby tigers. Check out brand new Faucaria boscheana at Annie’s. Guess who took those pictures and wrote the sign? Yep, that’s me “Megan S. Plant Nerd”. It’s a cutey.

Echeveria setosa

Warm fuzzy succulent cuteness. My bigger guy who was busting out in bloom the last two months is getting ready to bloom some more too. There’s a super rare teeny weeny version of this available from Annie’s right now.

Cestrum newellii

Matti hated this plant when I brought it home a couple months ago. He kind of likes it now, but refuses to remember its name. In all fairness, it took me two months to remember it’s a Cestrum. I’m really digging the dark green foliage. We had one freak huge stalk growing out of the top of it. It was taller than me! This weekend I chopped it off. The weight of it was pulling the plant of of the ground on one side.

Matti's Marigolds

Matti’s started some of these from seed a long long time ago. This is the only one that made it in to a container. It’s kinda cute for a marigold.

Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Gold'

I try to rotate this one in every other month for bloom day (it’s never not been in bloom since I got it back in March/April). It wins the prize for being most awesome vine ever created. Definitely consider this amazing plant the next time you’re in the market for a vine. I can’t say enough great things about it. Even its seed pods are cool.

Euphorbia x martinii

We’ve had this little guy for quite awhile now. First I had him in a container, then room opened up in the garden. It’s feeling all special coordinated with the Aeonium (think it might be ‘Cyclops’) behind it. This is the very first phorby we ever brought home. Stay tuned for some Wulfenii insanity in the next couple months. Our little babies are getting big fast.


Crassula falcata

Our guy has always been a little fungusy looking and sad. It’s still a happy burst of orangey red goodness, but after this years blooms are spent it’s getting repositioned and divided.


Correa pulchella

We learned about this cute little Australian native in our first semester of Plant ID class almost a year ago. Anything with the name “fuchsia” in it makes me want it, so we have our own “Australian Fuchsia”. It’s had a stray flower here and there since being planted, but it’s now in full on bloom mode.

Mysterious Bougainvillea

Earlier this Spring I was little pissed off with the Boug. I think it’s finally gone through the awkward establishment phase, and moved on to the continuous show of colorful bract phase. They need to be babied (watered) a little extra during their first year or so in the ground. We’ve hit the nice, “totally ignore me, and I’ll still be happy” phase.  It’s an everyday plant here in San Francisco, but it reminds me of travels to tropical places.


  1. Such marvellous blooms … love the Cestrum and Cassula. You do have such a range of interesting plants … some great succulents. I do love the delicate colour of the Correa … one of our natives. It was the Eccremocarpus that really caught my eye … that is lovely!

  2. Looks like a lot of color. Nice photos too. Many of the plants I am not familiar with, so glad to see them here.

  3. Your Crassula falcata sure does look nice in the photo! Great stuff!

  4. I hope you never get used to the remarkable fact that you’re gardening in California!

  5. I’ve never gardened anywhere but SoCalif but often dream of different zones, maybe a zone 8. I love reading about your perspective coming from Wisconsin. And so neat seeing your AA photo and sign!

  6. Great photos…I can practically feel the sunshine from here! That bouganvillea is especially beautiful, what vibrant color!

  7. yours is the first bloom day post i looked at, but it will be hard to top. what a great bunch of plants — and enjoyable prose. we have had a week of 70 degree days in nc, too. isnt it great?!

  8. Funny, i JUST got debra lee baldwin to ID a Echeveria setosa for me. I got it as a cutting from a friend who also didn’t know what it was. I love the little flame shaped flowers!

  9. Thanks for all the great comments everyone! We’re some of the luckiest gardeners in the world to live in a zone that allows us to grow and appreciate some of the coolest plants in school all year round.

  10. Wow, you have a great collection of succulents and the fact they are blooming is very cool. I have some similar ones, but I’ve never thought much about whether they would or should bloom.

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