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Awesome April Bloom Day


Eschscholzia californica 'Red Chief'

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for the very last time from San Francisco. Thanks to everyone who came out for the big sale yesterday! It exceeded all our expectations so much so that we just added Monterey, Morro Bay and Santa Barbara as road trip stop overs on our way back to Wisconsin. We’re excited for one last garden hurrah down the coast before we go and my dream of visiting Lotusland is going to come true! The California native middle section is really rocking it out right now.

California Natives

Our Erysimum franciscanum var. crassifolium (big yellow San Francisco Wallflower) is still going strong.

Sisyrinchium bellum 'North Coast'

The blooms on this Sisyrinchium are ginormous!!! They’re even more purple-blue in real life, as this pic is pretty blown out.

Brugmansia sanguinea & the bee

I’ve been thinking about chopping off a chunk of this guy to bring back to Wisconsin. Sounds like  it’s easy to root in water and will do just fine in the summer.  We’ll just have to throw it in the basement every winter for a little nap.

Cerinthe major purpurascens

Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Matti and Megan,
    Thanks for the awesome sale! After I got home, I realized I should have bought more of the Aeonium arboreum “Schwarzkopf” stuff. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait for the plants to grow and fill in the space :-) So glad you guys will be able to visit Lotusland. I’ve been meaning to go there myself so looking forward to reading your post about it!

  2. I am insanely jealous of your Brug. sanguinea. I grew other brugs while living in Florida (Tx now) but sanguinea wasn’t supposed to do well in our zone. It is on my list of future potential garden any time I’m somewhere more moderate—whenever that will be!

  3. Nice strong colors in your garden this month. I’ve got the blue-eyed grass and poppies in my garden as well, only my poppies are your basic vanilla (orangesicle?) kind. It’s nice that you’ll have a little bit of California to look back on once you’re in Wisconsin. Talk about a big change!

  4. I am so glad your sale went well! I had family from Phoenix over all day Saturday. I am so glad you get to go to Lotusland. I to look forward to your post on this and all your travels! I hope you are feeling well Megan. Happy travels!

  5. So glad it went so well – it was great to meet you both. Potting up my new treasures had me revamping my whole little rooftop garden. Can’t wait to see your take on Lotusland and all your other stops!

    Happy Trails,


  6. good news on the sale! Everything is blooming like crazy these days – it’s also California Native Plant Week. Give a shout out when you’re in Santa Barbara if you get a chance!

  7. If your in Moro Bay stop by Miners Ace Hardware and say hi to Kat White, of the IGC Facebook group. Your coastal trip will be a great farewell to Nor Cal, for now. Best wishes!

  8. Your photo of the brugmansia and the bee is wonderful, and pretty much sums up spring in the garden!

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