Far Out Flora

Earlier Times (Before and After Fun)


March 2, 2008

Awe, look at how cute everything was back in 2008. Way back in the day I was in awe of blooming daffodils in early March, and the fact that succulents survived outdoors year round. Sadly we don’t have any pre-Agave pics. I remember a really sad looking Abutilon, but I forget what else was planted here before we took over and went succulent crazy. Nothing cool enough to take pictures of.

March 8, 2008

More little baby succulents. Matti just yanked out that baby Agave last month. The cactus is dead. I never noticed there was a unicorn on that little stepping stone thing until just now. We knew early we wanted a surf/unicorn theme.

November 21, 2010

That bowling pin may look decorative, but it’s there to protect the smaller succulents from our neighbor’s dog walking around in there. She’s little, so she doesn’t do very much. The mice/rats running around at the night are very tempting.

March 8, 2008

The rosemary being held up with a rope is gone. It was getting pretty gnarly and annoying. The clump of Dietes vegeta (Fortnight Lily) is long gone too. For six months I had no idea what it was. It was a freebie from an Mission roof garden going away plant giveaway. The three plants front right died. I don’t even remember what they were, except for the poppy.

October 10, 2010

The Cerinthe has been yanked since this was taken, but I often forget that there’s a weird little wooden frame thing in there. Matti ripped out the wood edging months ago.


March 8, 2008

Wholly crap! We used to have an entire yard full of grass and a cold frame thing. The cold frame turned out to be a big pain in the ass and we ripped it out. I had a successful crop of lettuce in there, but it was really hard to get in there to do anything. That picnic table has gone to picnic table heaven (staghorn fern class mounting materials).


November 21, 2010

I’m not sure what to call this explosion of crap in the middle of the lawn. It started out as a succulent dumping ground, now it’s a forest of Senecio mandraliscae (please let us know if you want some, we always have plenty to share). We’re thinking about clearing some of the insanity and putting in a few half wine barrels for more veggie growing space. Matti’s lettuce experiment has really turned around, and I’m loving the fresh salads.

March 11, 2009

Check out that big mass of nasty on the right. It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since we (Matti) went on a mattress vine killing mission. You can witness the very last of it’s demise here. Our neighbor let us relocate his weather contraption, so it no longer needs the shelter of an umbrella. Here are some pics of what’s hanging out in the mattress vine zone now:

November 21, 2010
November 21, 2010

If want to see all of the pics we took of the garden look no farther than this link. We have a few more old school ones here. It’s still hard to remember what a crap hole our back yard was when we moved in. It was so crappy we didn’t document it on film. I’ve learned my lesson, and now take a lot of before pics. I’m still pretty darn amazed at the transformation of our happy little Outer Sunset rental garden.



  1. I just love before and afters! Did that mattress vine have any positive qualities? Like a pretty bloom or anything? What an ugly mass. Has your landlord seen all the beautification you’ve done?

    I’ll definitely be emailing you in the spring asking if you have any extra Senecio you want to get rid of!

    • Nope, it was straight up nasty. The only green part of it was the new growth on top. We see it attacking trees in Golden Gate Park all the time. It blocked the view of our neighbor’s yard, but that was its only redeeming quality.

  2. Wow, what a difference! Lovely!

  3. Excellent B&As… if only I’d learn the lesson and take before pix EVERY time! You guys have really made your place something special and love the mix of foliage: gorgeous!

  4. Wonderful transformation with the mattress vine gone. And I can’t get over how much sunny space you have to garden in SF!

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