Far Out Flora

December Bloominess


Dahlia imperialis 'Double White'

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We’ve got tons of cool stuff blooming right now including the tallest plant we’ve ever grown Dahlia imperialis ‘Double White’. There were a bunch of big babies in one gallons at Annie’s that needed a new home, so I took one home not knowing which tree Dahlia it was going to be (we’re usually pretty anti-white flowers). It’s pretty awesome, but I kind of want to try Dahlia tenuicaulis or crazy awesome Dahlia campanulata next year. There’s another shot of it in the container here (it’s kind of skinny).

Fuchsia thymifolia

Maybe a month or two ago I hacked this puppy back pretty hard since it was getting scraggly. Now it’s covered in flowers again. I think this is one of our very first Fuchsias. It loves a good hacking every few months.

Fuchsia denticulata

Quite a few of our Fuchsias are blooming right now and Fuchsia denticulata is one of my faves. Hummingbirds are having brawls and it’s December. The Wisconsinite in me is still in awe that it can be sunny and 65 sometimes even 70 degrees in December. January through March used to be my most hated time of the year and now it’s my favorite. Bring on the rain!

Fuchsia fulgens

While I love Fuchsia fulgens, I’m more excited about the Kalanchoe carnea growing behind the flowers. We started this guy from a stem we picked up on the ground in Santa Barbara last winter. I keep moving it around and pissing it off, but it seems to like the new spot.

Cyanotis somaliensis (Common Name - Furry Kittens or Pussy Ears)

A big shout out to Plants Are The Strangest People for helping us ID this purple poofy flowered thing several months back. I’m pretty sure this plant withstood dog pee in its not so great spot in the yard back in the day, but it now lives happily in a pee free zone. Everything I’ve read says it needs to be in zone 10 or above and I remember it dying back pretty hard after a frost. It’s been a great houseplant for us, too. We picked it up at Lone Pine Gardens a nursery that specializes in succulents and bonsai trees in Sebastopol. Cool place.

Oxalis herrerae

Matti picked up this bizarro Oxalis herrerae at Cactus Jungle last Spring. If we put it in the ground, kept it watered and fed it could potentially turn in to a three foot tall leafy shrub. We like the freaky succulent petiole action, so we keep it abused in a little pot. I wasn’t all that excited about it at first since Annie’s had some pampered plants leafy plants at the time. It’s pretty dang cool.


Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Gold'

It took Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’ a little longer to take off this year since most of it sprouted from the abundant seed of one crazy floriferous plants from last year. It seems to be lasting later in the season. Snip off the pretty seed heads if you don’t want lots and lots and lots of babies, but they’re easy to spot and pull, too. The hummingbirds go crazy for it. I’m convinced they like it more than any of our Fuchsias.

Anagallis monellii

I planted this Anagallis monellii in a big container last May or June. It bloomed like a little trooper for a couple months, got rangy, hacked it back and it’s coming back. It’s seriously one of the prettiest shades of blue out there, but it’s  tough to capture in photos. I severely abused (moved at least three times in a not so nice manner) a different plant last winter that olerated my cruelty no-problem. Annie’s almost always has them available, so I started fresh with this guy.

Kalanchoe marmorata

We’ve had a couple of Kalanchoe marmorata hanging around for at least a year. They haven’t loved life in our garden (honestly, they’ve usually been jammed in sub-prime real estate), but this one finally liked it enough to shoot out some crazy four inch long flower. One of our favorite succulent bloggers Candy got a great shot of it looking happy, but not as spotty at Huntington Gardens this fall. From what I’ve read it sounds like the more sun it gets to more pronounced its leopard spots are.

San Francisco, if I haven’t told you how much I love you lately I apologize. Gardening in Winter is one of my favorite activities, especially after checking the temp in Wisconsin and giggling. I’m going to shut up now and show some more pics of stuff that’s blooming out back. Hurray for December!

Petunia exserta

Froofy Fuchsia (don't really know what hybrid it is)

Helenium autumnale 'Helena Red Shades'

Crassula erosula 'Campfire'

Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Lotus maculatus

Okay, I can’t keep my big mouth shut… Back in early October I was walking the dog around the neighborhood with the camera and took a pic of a house using Lotus maculatus as a ground cover in the middle of their driveway. It looks nice, check out the pic here.

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii

Brugmansia sanguinea

Nemophila menziesii

Impatiens nyungwensis








  1. Wow, your photos are beautiful, and the flowers too! I love those fuchsia, but we can only grow that in our highlands here. They like it a bit colder than our normal temps. And that green Euphorbia i love too!

  2. I’ve just planted Dahlas for the first time in my garden and await them … I hope they are as lovely as your Dahlia imperialis ‘Double White’! The Froofy Fuchsia – how adorable!! Happy GBBD :)

  3. Yikes! All that color and things blooming like crazy. But I must tell you that here in southern Wisconsin it is 54 degrees just before midnight on 12/15 and raining. Have to say I am so enjoying the fact that it is raining and not snowing!

  4. Lots of lovely blooms, especially like the lotus, brug and fuchsias. I planted a ton of dahlias but they all died, though i know people in the caribbean who grow/grew them.

  5. I’m surprised that dahlias are blooming in December, even in the Bay area. I always think of them being a warmer weather plant.

  6. What beautiful and exotic blooms you have! I can tell that gardening year round tickles you. I’ve always heard it’s a blessing, but also a curse because you never get a break! Happy GBBD!

  7. Love, love, love the Nemophila…so lovely! I’m not usually a Dahlia fan…but I’d love to be able to grow Dahlia imperialis…probably just because I can’t ;-)

  8. i have so much plant envy looking at these pictures! oh to be able to grow fuchsias — that F. denticulata is beautiful! your succulents are always pretty amazing, too. happy bloom day!

  9. Oh my…I am so envious of your blooms! The fuchsias are gorgeous, and I adore your nemophila–lovely! Happy Bloom Day!

  10. Is that brug outside?
    My brugs r frosted to the ground… The only brugs I have going now r the cuttings I took…
    I visited SF one year in June… cold, cold!
    I must admit that you seem to grow tropicals very nicely!

  11. Your blooms may as well be on the other side of the world, as they are mostly unfamiliar to me, but lovely just the same. I love that the Tresco Gold is orange, a color I never tire of. Happy GBBD!

  12. Wow, you do have such a lot going on in your garden right now. Most of these gorgeous blooms are unfamiliar to me and it was a pleasure visiting to see all this beauty. I actually loved the white Dahlia!

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog from Downunder. I’m glad you enjoyed the visit … and yes I know Christmas at summertime seems very odd to you northern hemispherians (is there such a word?), but for us of course, that is the norm. Enjoy your cool Christmas.

  13. What a lovely sight to behold!

  14. The white dahlia is so awesome. Great shot!

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