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Happy August Bloom Day!


Echeveria shaviana hybrid

Happy August Bloom Day from the  Outer Sunset! A big shout out to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the worldwide bloom-a-thon blog fest! We’ve got some cool stuff happening in the flower department right now, including this Echeveria that Matti and I spent twenty minutes trying to identify online with no definitive answers. It’s ridiculously bloomy right now.

Madia elegans

About a month or two ago I thought the gophers had gotten to this California native, but a chunk of it had just broken off. We haven’t seen any gophers for a couple months!

Pretty Pelargonium

Aristolochia californica surprise

What’s up with the late summer pipe vine pipe? One section of the now massive vine is sprouting out flowers. I feel like it’s trying to take over the world right now. So far no Pipevine Swallowtail action. I heard they’re not typically found in these parts, which means if you grow it, they may not come.

Container of stuff

Hurray for surprise Lobelia seedlings from last year in places I don’t mind. My hack job on the Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’ is getting less awkward every week. I love my pot o’ violas. I would always plant them in Wisconsin forgetting every spring, that as soon as it started to get hot they’d shrivel up die in full sun. There’s some Satureja douglasii, “Yerba Buena” spilling out and spreading doing its groundcovery thing. I’m going to shut up and post some bloomy pics now:

Eccremocarpus scaber 'Cherry Red'

Fuchsia denticulata

Fuchsia 'Venezuela'

Echeveria nodulosa


Athanasia pinnata

Eriogonum 'The Hub'

Viola 'Etain'

Dahlia ‘Dark Side of the Sun’

Happy Bloom Day!





  1. Great photos! Hopefully you’ll have a Pipevine swallowtail visit your vine soon!

  2. Very nice photos.
    It has been hard here where I live in Wichita Kansas this summer with all the hot weather. I water and water… some have done OK some have died. Glad to see yours have flourished.

    • Hey Stuart, yeah…we can relate to lack of rain. The Bay Area gets nearly zero rainfall from Jun – Oct and we try to plant accordingly. Great thing is that the fog drip here in SF keeps a little moisture in the ground over summer, but doesn’t allow for much sun bathing. Matti

  3. Great mix between the ethereal fuchsias and the fleshy succulents.
    Are those seed pods on the Eccremocarpus?

    • Hi Rosekraft, those sure are seed pods on the Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’. They produce a ton of them which readily reseeds. Not to bad though come next spring when they start popping up…they are easy to ID and thin out.

  4. GORGEOUS! all of them! I have a shaviana that is in bloom, as well. They are SO PINK. http://flic.kr/p/a4XT4g

  5. Your garden has exotics which I dream of. Love that first picture. Such texture!

  6. Enjoyed all your flowers and saw some I didn’t recognize but would like to try. But Dahlia ‘Dark Side of the Sun’ was especially nice. love the color contrast…..thanks for inviting me into your garden and I hope you’ll visit us soon too.

  7. Looks like August is treating you guys very well! Wonderful fuchsias. My ‘Baby Chang’ from AA is just kicking into gear too. But my eccremocarpus just can’t seem to squeeze out a single bloom! It’s almost 4 feet high. Guess I need to bust out some fert. occasionally?

  8. i am so impressed that you have the dutchman’s pipe vine… wow. your garden is always so inspiring!

  9. I’m slow and late on the blog crawl for August GBBD because of real life. I especially like the look of your Echeverias and the Dahlia. Wonderful show!

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