Before I went to check out The Pitcher Plant Project’ssweet greenhouse I met up with garden rock star Johanna Silver from Sunset Magazine at Flora Grubb Gardens. We did hard time together in City College’s Plant ID class back in the day. It was actually very fun, but I have to admit I’ve gotten lazy with my botanical Latin these days. I used to religiously take pics of tags and make sure everything was tagged and spelled right on flickr. Now I’m happy if I actually take pictures with the good camera and get them uploaded. Anyways… Matti still works for Flora full-time, and we both run the web shop. Zoe’s starting part-time daycare in September, so I’ll be able to dedicate more time to it. We’re hoping to add some super cool new stuff very soon.
I’ve killed every Codiaeum or Croton (Clarke, help! I’m not totally sure which are which, or what the above is) we’ve brought home. I had no idea that it was in the Euphorbiaceae family until I looked it up a few minutes ago. That explains a lot. They look super cute in these containers.
Flora hires the best succulent composers in town.
Dyckia and friends
Another gorgeous composition.
Passiflora on the fence
I kept snapping pics on the way out, including this pretty passiflora on the fence.
The chairs match the bloom above. You can check out all the pics I took at FGG here. Happy Saturday!
On the way back to Wisconsin last Spring we hit up Santa Barbara after our central coast stop. We checked out San Marcos Growers in a cool electric golf cart. Since we hadn’t been to Lotusland yet, it was quite possibly one of the coolest plant excursions we’d ever been on. The place is huge and full of really cool plants. Please note that the nursery is wholesale only and not open to the public, but they have one of the finest websites around for succulent and rare plant information. Here’s a taste of their crazy Agave selection:
We need one of these. After getting stabbed by our big, kind of crappy Agave americanas all the time, I think we’ll be going with shrimpier agaves in the future. I couldn’t even look at these pictures before I knew we were moving back. It was too sad.
Flying with an almost six month old was nerve-racking, but Zoe was great. No crying and lots of sleeping. Ripping up and trying to eat the Skymall magazine provided lots of entertainment. Our flight to SF arrived 30 minutes EARLY and we flew in down the coast over Marin and then over the city. Our old apartment is pretty much below the plane in this pic. The golden gate bridge is peeking out at the top of the pic. To top it off our luggage popped out in less than five minutes.
Our first stop was Flora Grubb Gardens, which is looking amazing as always. Did you know that the Edsel was in this spot before Flora?
Love the new vertical bromeliad hangout. Matti needs to build us a plant pole for our new epiphyte collection when we move back.
Before we hit the road for Pacific Grove we stopped at Java Beach for our favorite sandwich. We left our big camera at home, so we only have phone pics. We’re both still instagraming like crazy at faroutmegan & fofmatti
It just dawned on us that we haven’t told anyone what the heck we do in Wisconsin and it’s Small Business Saturday. The fabulous Flora Grubb gave us the opportunity to run her really cool Web Shop from Madison when she heard the news we were moving back to Wisconsin. We use our UW-Madison art degrees to hand craft rockin’ Aeriums, in addition to packing and shipping all online orders. Our house here in Wisconsin has a big finished basement where all the magic happens. Matti also continues to do reporting and other special projects for Flora.
Matti & The Moby
The best part, we get to hang out with Zoe all day! Check out Flora’s Web Shop, there’s tons of fun holiday stuff happening along with a bunch of super cool new products.