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Fuchsia and Friends at Strybing

January 24, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Fuchsia hartwegii

Things are looking pretty bloomy over at the SF Botanical Garden right now. Yesterday I blogged about the aloes going crazy, but the fuchsias are freaking out all over the place too. I’m a big fuchsia fan. We have to have at least six in our new garden.

I tend to stay away from the super floofy fuchsias, but this one is just a wee bit floofy. I kind of want it.

Did you know the berries of this guy are really tasty? Check out this old post for even more fuchsia fun.

I’ve been obsessed with salvias lately. This is one of my favorites. We planted one we picked up at the garden plant sale for crazy cheap this summer and it’s been blooming ever since. An old Oakland neighbor with a fabulous front garden had one that I was obsessed with. For all things salvia check out Flowers by the Sea.

Doryanthes palmeri doing its thing

Love these crazy spear flowers from Australia. They’re like phormiums on steroids.

We used to have one of these guys back in our Outer Sunset garden. It always looked a little ratty, but the hummingbirds liked it. It was fun busting out the good camera at the garden again.

Aloe arborescens = Awesome

January 23, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 0 comments

The succulent garden at the SF Botanical Garden

It’s that magical time of the year when all the giant clumps of Aloe arborescens are full of flowers. Go to the SF Botanical Garden now to see all this awesomeness.

Cool coral Aloe arborenscens

I’ve always liked the corally colored guy in the upper succulent garden. The entire garden is looking pretty great right now.

Zoe Aloe

You may not know this, but we gave our child the middle name Aloe. Check out this link for more posts about aloes. We like them a lot.  Here are a few more reasons you should get over to the garden for the aloe fun fest:

More succulenty Aloe goodness

More crazy blooms

Boogie faced Zoe Aloe

Zoe turned 2 in September and is very silly.

General Store’s Got A Great Garden

January 21, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 1 Comment

Aeonium fun fest and the greenhouse

We recently spent some time walking around our old neighborhood in Outer Sunset and are absolutely in love with the back garden at General Store. It opened up before we moved, but the back was not nearly as cool then.

Wall of awesome

One of our colleagues at Flora Grubb Gardens, Taylor is responsible for much of this beautiful space and we’re impressed.

Kalanchoe blooms

I can’t get enough of these flowers. They last forever, too!

Our little Andy Goldsworthy

Zoe immediately started creating her own natural art work with stones on this wonderful rustic wood table, declaring “art” the entire time. If you’re ever down by the beach, definitely stop and check this place out. The parklet out front is fabulous, too.

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


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.