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Throwback Thursday

June 5, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 0 comments

Seven years ago this May we came to SF to check it out before moving here in August. I was so afraid of public transportation that I made Matti walk from North Beach all the way to Golden Gate Park. We took a bus back. There are some great clips of the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and I think the SF Botanical Garden. I have never gone back to short hair since moving here and I think it’s a wise move. Matti lost over twenty five pounds the first year we lived in SF. I think he looks younger now than back then. I think we should make more videos.

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.

Pretty Point Lobos

April 10, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Point Lobos painting

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve was one of our first stops when we hit up the Monterey Bay area during our trip back to California. We normally have Max with us when we’re roadtripping. Dogs aren’t allowed in the reserve, even if they’re just hanging out in the car, so we usually skip it. You can park on the road and walk in if you’re traveling with a dog. It’s just south of Carmel on the way to Big Sur. Check it out if you have the chance.

Point Lobos panorama

Flying baby!


Looking south towards Big Sur

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P.S.¬† It’s currently 35 degrees in Madison, WI… is this normal? I hate it. We still have a couple of ice chunks in our backyard. I will not miss a majority of WI weather when we move back to California.

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.

Agaves Gone Wild!

March 15, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 4 Comments

Matti in a sea of succulents

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.

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