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Super SF Botanical Garden

March 23, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Puya alpestris

We couldn’t miss out on the SF Botanical Garden when we were back in town for a visit. I think the Puya alpestris pictured above is blooming right now, so you should go check it out. Check out our blog about the Puya insanity at SFBG last year.

Zoe & the Kniphofias

Zoe loves traveling around in the Ergo. It’s pretty amazing to be able to nurse and walk around looking at plants without anything hanging out.

Aloe busting out of a rock wall

Aloe plicatilis

The CA Native section was starting to get all flowery.

Lachenalia

Spectacular Succulent Gardens

March 22, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 4 Comments

Aloe polyphylla

No trip to Monterey is complete without a stop at Succulent Gardens. The big Aloe polyphylla on the right was HUGE. It’s in a wine barrel.

Caution, Succulents

Matti’s been playing around, taking crazy pics with the panorama camera setting on his phone.

Echeveria

Aeonium

Echeveria ‘Cassyz Winter’ all cresty

That’s me on crutches…

Don’t miss out on the giant Succulent Globe by Succulent Gardens at the SF Flower & Garden Show this weekend (the nursery is closed during the show).

Dudleyas, Dudleyas, Dudleyas

March 21, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Dudleya & Lewisia hanging basket

Love the hanging baskets of Dudleya and Lewisia at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. I want it hanging in my backyard. SBBG has one of the best collections of Dudleya around. I want them all.

Dudleya vicida

Dudleya ‘White Sprite’

Dudleyafest

Dudleya anomala

Hurray for Dudleyas! Get more Dudleya action from our last trip to SBBG here.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Bling

March 19, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

I keep finding good pics from our trip back to Wisconsin last May. We hit up almost all of our favorite plant places including The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (it’s all California natives and all awesome). It was foggy when we visited, so the poppies weren’t open. I think that purple-blue plant is Penstemon heterophyllus, but I’m not 100% sure.

Salvia leucophylla

Hurray for California native Salvias!

Salvia spathacea

Just for fun I’ve been checking out Ceanothus varities online, since I want to plant one when we move back. I think ‘Kurt Zadnik’ might be the one. I like this description from Yerba Buena Nursery,“The same species as ‘Carmel Creeper’, this selection differs in having a slightly smaller leaf, brilliant midnight purple flowers, and in that it has not been planted over thousands of acres of the state. ”

Mimulus and more!

 

Even more Mimulus

Pretty sure this looker is ‘Pamela’ but not 100%. I’ve been starting a list of CA native plants we’re going to need in my head.

Agave shawii

Another cute little reasonably sized agave I’ve always liked.

Phacelia sp.

Hot, hot Heuchera ‘Canyon Delight’

That’s it for now, but did you notice I didn’t include our all time favorite CA native succulent that starts with D? It’s coming soon.

Spring Flower Show: Wisconsin Woodlands

March 16, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Yesterday, Zoe and I took a trip to Olbrich Gardens to check out the spring show: Wisconsin Woodlands It’s very flowery unlike the cold, snowy outdoors and goes until March 24th. The┬áChenille Tree (Acalypha hispida) in the conservatory is still going crazy:

Chenille Tree (Acalypha hispida)