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March Bloomiferous Madness


Wholly crap it's doing something!!!!

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! Thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting blooms around the world on the 15th of every month. First up is our Guzmania (not really sure which one it is). This is one of our very first houseplants we brought home when we first moved to San Francisco about least three years ago. It was doing its thing flowering wise when we bought it. Several months later looked kind of crappy. Okay, it looked super crappy. It almost went to plant heaven on several occasions, but I kept it around. Well, it’s finally starting to do something! This is one of two new red buds popping on it. Hurray for plant patience! I’m confident it will be looking good for at least another six months. I apologize for some of the repeats…

Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' (maybe)

Not 100% sure which Euphorbia this is, but it looks like it could be ‘Blue Haze’. It’s looking super sexy in front of the purpley pink Echeveria. Our gophers have just started to re-appear after taking their winter hiatus (we’re not sure where they go, they don’t hibernate). It’s nice to know they’ll steer clear of all the Euphorbias we’ve jammed in. I think the toxic sap turns them off. I’ve been ogling Euphorbia lambii at Annie’s for the last week or two. I think we need one.

Euphorbia x martinii 'Tiny Tim' Love

This was our very first Euphorbia. It lived in a crappy little plastic container for a year or so, until we moved it in to a prime spot. I love that it stays relatively cute and small. It seems to always have new blooms, too!

Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black'

Best Nemophila menziesii ever is ‘Penny Black‘. I wish I could have gotten a less blurry pic of it. Penny’s been pumping out flowers for at least a month, but it’s in an awkward picture taking place. It’s a California native, too!

Starry Sedum confusum

Thank you David Feix for helping us identify crazy common Sedum confusum via flickr! I’m kind of embarrassed we didn’t know which Sedum it was until yesterday. The funny thing is the shady side of the garden is in bloom now, while the sunny side seems to bloom a couple months later (we’ve had mass quantities of it for a long time).

My baby's (Aristolochia californica) leafing out

My love for Aristolochia californica is still going strong. The pitcher-like flowers continue to pop out along with limey greenish leaves. I’m hoping to see some freaky Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars munching on them soon. There’s plenty to go around! If you grow it, they will come (we hope).

Crassula pubescens subsp. radicans

This little dude has been blooming for a couple months. I have nothing profound to say about it except that it’s cute, and we tolerate its white flowers (we’re usually anti-white flowers in our garden).


  1. You have a range of plants I’m not at all familiar with. The Nemophila is just stunning … and I loved the Crassula. Fantastic photos.

  2. I can’t believe you have Sedums blooming yet, mine have just started growing again. :)

  3. What interesting Euphorbia! You have so much texture and color in your March blooms. Happy GBBD!

  4. Penny Black is quite a dramatic little flower.

  5. I am especially loving your Euphorbia blooms…mine are still in the very early stages, not really to the Euphorbia madness state that I love so much. “we’re usually anti-white flowers in our garden”….ha! I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say something against white flowers….too funny.

    • We still have a few more Euphorbias that haven’t popped. I’m getting exciting for our wulfeniis. Matti’s the biggest white flower hater, but I can’t say I’m a big fan either (only in our garden, not in general).

  6. Just discovered your blog, LOVE IT! I’m a huge fan of succulents and just ripped out our front yard to put in natives and succulents. Seeing all of your succulents in a mature state is awesome!! Will Annie’s Annuals have a booth at the SF Flower show?

    • Sweet! Annie’s will have a booth at the flower show. If you’re there on Thursday or Saturday after three stop by and say hi. I’ll be working until close.
      P.S. We just started transforming our weed filled rental backyard with succulents about three years ago. It’s amazing how fast they multiply.

      • Yay! I love Annie’s but since I live in the South Bay I don’t make it up there as often as I would like. I would totally come by and say hello but I think I am going to go in the a.m. on sat. I have never been to the flower show so I am excited to see the plant craziness! Oh, I also should tell you (maybe you have heard this before) how incredibly lucky you are for having a significant other who is also into awesome plants :)

        • Before I worked at Annie’s I’d spend hours on her website before taking the trip to the E. Bay. I’d make extravagant lists, and print them out for a little guidance before making the trek across the bridge to plant heaven. Half Moon Bay Nursery has an excellent Annie’s selection (last I checked), along with a lot of other good stuff at reasonable prices. Make sure you don’t miss Succulent Gardens booth at the show! Who knows, I bet there’s a good chance you’ll be around come 2:30 or so (when I officially start). Matti will be wandering around checking out the sites on Saturday, too!

        • I think we balance eat other out pretty well and love that we are both into plants. Matti

  7. I have that same sedum and never knew what it was either. It’s actually a pretty nice plant, though I’ve never valued it the way I would something like the Aristolochia or that a Nemophila. I think Baby Blue Eyes has the nicest blue of any wildflower, though you’re right that Penny Black is pretty darn cool.

  8. Hee hee, I also pore over the Annie’s website for hours before I make the trip :) You’re right, I probably will still be there at 2:30! I’ll come by and say hi if I am….

  9. I am dying for my aristolochia seeds! did you grow from seed or did you buy the plant?

    • Firstly “Wet My Plants” is hilarious! I’ve heard rumors that Aristolochia californica is tough to start from seed. We picked up guy as a live plant from Bay Natives two years ago at the SF Garden Show. It took a year to establish itself, but now it’s going crazy! I found a little bit of germination info that includes the word “erratic”. If we get some seed pods out of ours, we’d be happy to send you some. Check out this link for more drool worthy pictures.

  10. and nectaries are bright red the flowers last for a couple of months as..

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