Far Out Flora

Wave Garden Wonderfulness

January 16, 2014 by Megan | 5 Comments

Aeonium escobarii

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:

Cussonia paniculata and friends

Aeonium and Cuphea contained

Bougainvillea, Echeveria agavoides & friends

Wavy

More waves & Echeveria elegans

Matti, Zoe and the Richmond Bridge

Happy plant combos

Lovely Leucadendron

 

 

Fisherman’s Wharf Flowers

November 24, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

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).

Glass Pumpkin Garden

October 30, 2013 by Megan | 11 Comments

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.

Conservatory of Flowers Bloom Action

October 18, 2013 by Matti | 7 Comments

 

Medinilla scortechinii (Orange Medinilla)

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.

Bro Bloom

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.

NOD

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?

Badass Bromeliad Society Tour

July 19, 2013 by Megan | 5 Comments

 

Bromeliads gone wild

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.

Brian’s garden

Zoe & Matti getting up close

Brian’s garden

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!

Anigozanthos love

Anigozanthos love

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

Musschia wollastonii maybe

Can anyone confirm the ID on this guy about to burst with blooms? Looks like Muschia wollastonii to me.

Pretty path

Pretty path

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.