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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.

Oakland Gardens Part II (Floradoraland)

October 29, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Aloe marlothii looking huge

Matti and I walked over to Floradora’s former house to check out her super rad garden from the past. I pretty much freaked when I saw this Aloe marlothii while walking Zoe and Max earlier. It’s only two or three blocks away. Kelly (Floradora) immediately identified this guy via instagram as her old place and plant. It looked kind of big in my instagram pic of it, and a little more big above… but check out the pic below.

It’s HUGE!

It’s so crazy huge someone needs to stand next to it to see how crazy huge it really is. Kelly brought this home as a wee little four incher from Annie’s many a years ago, kept it inside for a bit and then let it go all awesome in front of her house.

Salvia canariensis var. candissima

I was excited to see a full grown Salvia canariensis var. candissima looking happy. We planted one back in July that’s looking good.

Fig, Cussonia and friends

Euphorbia & friends

Agave attenuata & friends

p.s. Check out this link for tons of sweet blog posts from the 2013 SF Garden Bloggers Fling that Kelly put together. They went to all the cool garden spots in the Bay Area.

All kinds of awesome crazy

This garden is only a block away or so. I think it might be one of Floradora’s designs, but I’m not sure.  Love all that hot pink and silver action.

Looking back

Here’s another fantastic garden next to the previous that I think Floradora may have designed. I have to admit that there are many crappy front gardens in our parts, but there are a few good ones sprinkled around. Check out this link if you missed out on part one of the neighborhood tour.

Flora Grubb Goodness

August 17, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 7 Comments

Pitcher plant festival

Before I went to check out The Pitcher Plant Project’s sweet 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.

Croton, maybe?

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.

Succulent crazytown

Flora hires the best succulent composers in town.

Succulentland

Dykia and friends

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.

Edsel

The chairs match the bloom above. You can check out all the pics I took at FGG here. Happy Saturday!

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