Far Out Flora

Movin’ On Up (Really 20 Feet East)


The view from above (click for a bigger view)

Check out the sweet new view of the garden from our new apartment! We moved to the other one bedroom on the opposite side of the house, where we can gaze lovely at our garden from the living and dining room. It’s pretty gosh darn amazing to be able to look at it from above. We had a view of the back of a very large and ugly apartment building. What made it worse is that the Pacific Ocean is on the other side of the sad looking building. Things are getting a little out of control in the garden since we’ve been ignoring it for the past couple weeks.We’ve got some big plans for it this weekend which include ripping out one of our Euphorbia wulfeniis (Rene too many of your babies did too well) and planting a magical Deppea splendens (read about on Annie’s blog, it’s super cool and available right now).

Nepenthes sanguinea

It will be interesting to see how all the houseplants adjust to life in east facing windows. We paired down our indoor plant collection quite a bit. It was out of control. Lots of junky looking abused plants. Just watering them all was a pain in the ass, which means only the guys who could survive through spans of not getting watered for 2-3 weeks made it. If my iphone weekly watering reminder works they’ll get better care in their new spot.

The bigger picture

Here’s another view of more of the backyard. There’s way more concrete than we’d  like, but hardscaping a rental is where we draw the line. The grass is already a little happier now that two less dogs are peeing on it, but it’s still pretty sad. I water it a little once a week to wash away the doggie pee build up, but not really enough to keep it happy during the rainless summers. It’s easy to reseed once the rain kicks in again. We only water the garden once a week for about 45 minutes or so. The left-hand (more succulenty) side isn’t hooked up to irrigation and gets a soak with the hose once a week. The middle native section gets sprinkled for awhile once every two weeks. I’m looking forward to the rainy season.

Houseplants Hanging Out

Here’s our big shelf o’houseplants that Matti found free on craigslist when we first moved to SF. Look at those sexy bamboo floors (we had nasty carpeting in the old place). I think the wall color is called ‘Banana Pepper Yellow’. We went crazy with paint. The kitchen is orange, bedroom teal and the bathroom is golden yellow. We’ll be posting about our indoor plants looking cute in their new surroundings more often now that we’ve ditched all the dogs from the collection.


Euphorbia & Aeonium Lovefest

Here’s a random backyard pic I took recently. Hurray for Euphorbias, Aeoniums & Thursdays!




  1. Hey love your new digs & especially the yellow walls my favorite
    and beatutiful floors outstanding ! All your indoor plants look great. love the view of the garden out back.

  2. The green and cream with pink edges, in the last picture, is an Aeonium? I have a small one.

  3. Hey, I tried to warn ya! But you will have FUN ripping them out. It’s super easy and somehow really satisfying to free up all that space for new plants! Love your new view. The garden looks amazing!

    • We’re only ripping out one :) We still have two or three of your babies plus another one. It’s going to be a big irritating sap fest of plant ripping out fun. The Verbena bonariensis seedling you gave us is easily 6-7 feet tall & AWESOME!!!!

      • Oh and that verbena will reseed like crazy. The seedlings will pop up late spring and they are super easy to relocate. Yay!

  4. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to come visit…

  5. Nice views :)
    House plants in the summer? I gave up on that. Rarely remembered to water in time. Anything worth saving goes out with the outdoor stuff . ;)

  6. Congrats on the new space! So if this is a multiple unit building how come you guys are the gardeners? Do the other tenants just not care so much?

    • We’re the gardeners because we’re the only ones in the building who like doing it :) There are only two other units. It was pretty weedy and overgrown when we first moved in.

  7. Love the aeoniums…and congrats on the move!

  8. i hear aeoniums from 20,000 feet up are awesome. i asked my wife if she wanted to do san francisco for a year and she said no, but i would might want that one bedroom for a year. what’s the budget on that unit?

  9. quit paying rent and move to louisiana. i have a 90 x 120 lot that is a mature stream bottom habitat, with mature magnolia, oak, hickory, and open eastern exposure with full sun, perfect for succulents, except for 61+ inches of rain and high humidity. perfect for aeoniums. a lease for 100 years is free so long as no trees are cut and the property developed as an arboretum and the house has a deck overlooking the stream bottom. very serious inquiries only.

  10. its the third picture that blew me away. so that’s gardening in san francisco. thank you for that picture.

  11. Your new higher up apartment sohttp://www.faroutflora.com/2011/08/11/movin-on-up-really-20-feet-east/#commentsunds fabulous. Your garden looks wonderful this time of year. Mine too. I have to water more because of the heat. About twice a week. Except for the cactus around the fence. That is about once every 2 weeks of less. I love the colors of your new digs. Sounds a smidgen like my house. It is 5 different colors. If you will remember I did a post about it. I love color. And that window is wonderful with all your plants.

  12. Sorry, don’t know exactly what happened with that last comment. Hahaha!

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