We finally checked out the fabulous Wave Garden at the end of October. I’ve known about it for a long time, seen tons of beautiful pictures of it, heck I worked in Richmond twice, so there’s really no good excuse for it taking us so long to actually go there in person. The plantings were designed by Kellee Adams. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the East Bay. Enjoy a few of our pics:
Look over there! Flowers! From probably two months ago… we haven’t been the best at uploading pics in a timely manner and blogging in recent years. I do make real life Shutterfly books of Zoe’s adventures, but I feel bad about the whole not blogging much anymore. Some time back in August/September I took the ferry over to SF on a lovely sunny day and took some pictures. Love the orange Zinnias.
Succulent crab was looking pretty happy.
The dahlias were already starting to mildew out, but looked awesome anyways.
After wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf I headed up some insane steps towards Telegraph Hill and got this nice pic. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a little more these days now that we’re settling in a bit. Here’s a link to an earlier Fisherman Wharf flower posts (they do an awesome job).
Last weekend we hit up Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond for their annual Glass Pumpkin Patch sale. Back before we had ever moved to California I worked for a catalog/website in Wisconsin called The Artful Home that features artists from North America. It was through them that I met Molly Stone via email and phone (their beautiful pumpkins are always on the fall catalog cover). When we moved to San Francisco six years ago I worked as a greeter at one their sales and went home with two plastic bags full of succulent cuttings. I had no idea what any of them were at the time, but that’s how our original SF succulent garden started.
Zoe had tons of fun playing in the gravel and watching the glass blowers.
I think this is Aristolochia elegans, but I’m not 100% sure. Whatever type it is, it’s super cool.
Be sure to follow them on facebook to find out when the next sale is.
The Conservatory of Flowers always has a great display of mesmerizing blooms. It changes every time we visit and my favorite that day was this Medinilla scortechinii (Orange Medinilla). The flower reminds me of a growing crystalline structure…very cool.
The conservatory is broken up into about 5 sections each with it own plant palette. The Aquatic Plants section complete with indoor pond always has some sweets blooming bros. Love these Bromeliad flower spikes.
Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plant)
Another group of fun plants are their Nepenthes. This carnivorous plant has forms cups at the end of their leaves. Take a peek inside these floating cups and you will likely find some insects and other bugs digesting.
Here’s a funky bloom that caught my eye. NoIDea what sort of plant it is. The flower was about the size of your fist and the succulent stem reminded me of a Euphorbia. Anybody have a better idea on the name of this plant?
Last weekend we hit up the SF Bromeliad Society’s super rad garden tour AND busted out the good old DSLR for the first time in almost a year. All the tour gardens were AMAZING! Brian Ransom’s garden pictured above and a whole bunch of pics below was my fave of the fab bunch. Anyone who mixes succulents, CA natives and bros rocks.
Zoe & Matti getting up close
Thunbergia & Tillandsia buddies on the fence
Seriously? How great is this?
Stags and more
The second garden we visited was by Armin Lindegger and Patrick Aaron. Love this vertical combo with the stags.
Babies like gardens!
Zoe was a good little trooper as we (mostly Matti) carried her all over the upper Market Street neighborhood. Check out those beautiful tree ferns in the background!
Hot tub garden
The last garden we visited was Richard Wigen’s. I wish I had a hot tub across from a big pile of awesome potted plants. Check out the trunk on that Aloe plicatilis!
Matti & Zoe hiding in the Senecio cristobalensis on the right
Musschia wollastonii maybe
Can anyone confirm the ID on this guy about to burst with blooms? Looks like Muschia wollastonii to me.
Kniphofia, Verbena bonariensis, a ginormo Aloe plicatilis plus a bunch of other good stuff makes a gorgeous path. Zoe turned in to a pumpkin by the time the potluck started, so we missed out on the very last garden. It’s great to be back in California, surrounded by crazy awesome gardens filled with plants that most of the country can only grow as annuals or houseplants. Check out this link for all the sweet pics we took during the trip.