Far Out Flora

Tiny Trees at Lake Merritt

July 20, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Sierra juniper (Juniperus occidentalis var. australis)

We’ve hit up the Grand Lake Farmers Market two weekends in a row, but this time we headed over to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt first. If you missed out on last weeks visit check out this link. It’s a fabulous little garden filled with marvelous little trees. Every one of them is well marked with tons of interesting info available via the website or little guidebook. I’ve included the info in the pics below:

Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

“Japanese mountain maple (Acer palmatum) – grove – Donated by Alex Austin. Rumored to have been started by charter member of Yamato Bonsai club.”

“Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata) – informal upright style Donated by Dr. Robert Cotcher. Historically, this is one of the most important bonsai and the longest in cultivation in the United States. In 1863, during Lincoln’s presidency, Quercus dentata Mr. Burlingame was envoy to China. This tree was a gift to him as he passed through Japan on his return to the United States. The peninsula city of Burlingame was named for this man from Massachusetts. Its name, Daimyo, was the title of a feudal ruler before the Meiji restoration in 1871.”

“Redwood (Sequoia semervirens) – formal upright style Donated by Bill Sullivan in memory of his wife, Nancy. This was the first tree donated to our garden. It was found about 1975 in a Marin County slide area. SPONSORED BY Redwood Empire Bonsai Society.”

Ginormo palm at Grand Lake Farmers Market

We’re headed over to Ruth Bancroft’s Summer Sale when Zoe wakes up from nap #1.

Rad Rotary Botanical Gardens

May 26, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Tulips

We’ve been slow with the blogging lately. It’s all about photo management. My phone finally freaked and told me I had to delete mass quantities of pictures if I wanted to take more, so I uploaded a bunch of stuff to flickr. Back on Mother’s Day we drove to nearby Janesville to visit  Rotary Botanical Gardens.

Orange tulips everywhere

Definitely the best tulip display we saw all spring. They were all shades of orange. There are tons of different types of gardens represented, “Some have an international focus, such as the Japanese, Scottish, French Formal, Italian and English Cottage Gardens. Also included are less formally-structured gardens including one of very few Fern and Moss gardens recognized by the Hardy Fern Foundation in the United States, as well as Shade, Prairie and Woodland Gardens.” It’s fun!

Rock garden

Japanese Garden

I’m definitely going to take a trip back in late June for some summer flower action. It’s a fantastic garden.

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

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.