Far Out Flora

Ripping Even More Stuff Out


Sad Echium candicans

Tis the season to go crazy ripping things out & moving them around. I’ve been on a rampage lately.  Earlier in the month I went nuts on a succulent section. No plant is safe right now. This little corner was so pitiful I didn’t even bother taking a decent before pic of it (sorry about the glaring sun). About every three or four months I get pissed off at the Echium candicans for dropping it’s crappy little leaves all over the spiky Aloe below about to be pulled out. It starts with a couple snips here & there, but always ends with the Echium looking very sad. It’ll fill back in, in a couple weeks. Does anyone think my aggressive pruning could be the reason it’s never bloomed (we’ve had it for at least three years)? We threaten it verbally every Spring when all the other Echiums are blooming all over the place, maybe we made it sad?

Ripping it out

The Aloe you see strewn about was bought when we first moved here in a two inch pot. It’s hard to believe how huge it got in only a couple years. Someone in the neighborhood hit the free succulent jackpot with this rearrange. When we have extras, they get thrown on the curb & we tweet about it. I think we put out five succulent cutting filled flats this time.

Looks a little sad, but give it a few months

Matti brought home a Banksia blechnifolia from the loser pile at work (to the left of the piece of wood holding up the rickety fence). It’s our first Banksia & sounds like it loves life in sand, on the coast. It’s a prostrate, shorty. As long as I remember not to fertilize it with anything that has phosphorus it in. Eventually we’ll have to move the deformed Echeveria subrigida & Agave vilmoriniana (they were both crammed in an unfortunate spots earlier).

Senecio cristobalensis

This corner was too sad for before pics. It’s still looking a little crazy, but much better than the mess it was before. I ditched two of the Dahlias due to powdery mildew & just being sick of them. Check out the nice trunk forming on the Senecio cristobalensis. Maybe this winter it won’t get totally pummeled by the rain & winds.  There’s a Phygelius in the container where our Dianthus superbus sat unhappy for about six months. In another couple months, I’ll probably have to redo this section again. Now that we have ridiculous quantities of plants, moving stuff around has become my favorite thing to do.

Fuchsia fulgens

After doing a little flickr searching, I realized that I didn’t even take pics of my Fuchsia glazioviana massacre a couple weeks ago. Of all the Fuchsias we’ve grown (we currently have over ten) F. glazioviana has been my least favorite. Crappy little flowers you can barely see, along with runners going all over place… it had to go, so I could move poor Fuchsia fulgens in to the spot of glory it deserves (it was crammed behind our Cestrum).

This weekend two of our favorite nurseries are having shin-dings. Succulent Gardens is having their extravaganza today & Saturday & Annie’s Annuals is having their fabulous fall party (plus all plants will be 20% off, this goes for online orders, too). I”ll be working at Annie’s party on Sunday, so stop on by & say hi.


  1. What can I do with my pride of Madera it is getting very tall and leggy and woody and has long passed the blooming stage ?
    Should I just rip it out and start over with a new plant ? I have had this plant for 3yrs. Thanks for you advice

    • I think that’s kind of their thing. Has it ever bloomed? I’ve been hacking ours in to a small tree for quite some time now, but if it doesn’t bloom this Spring there’s a very good chance we’ll be ripping it out & trading it in for the variegated version. If you’re sick of it, get rid of it :)

  2. 2nd pics the best

  3. No matter what you do your garden always looks great. I wish I was a neighbor!

  4. I wonder if your Senecio cristobalensis will settle for less than half your garden?

    • We’ll see. Last Winter some big chunks of it blew over during a storm. It’s starting to get a woody trunk on it, so hopefully it will be able to take it this year.

  5. You always have such awesome plants…The Fuchsia fulgens is gorgeous! It is also really nice that you put out your plant scraps and tweet about it – makes me wish I lived in the area, and that more people did that instead of just throwing out plants and potential cuttings.

  6. That Senecio cristobalensis is a stunning plant. I love to see what changes you’re making…

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