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Oh My Organic Mechanics

July 15, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Succulent Crazyfest

A couple weeks ago we hopped on MUNI and headed downtown to check out a couple of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days gardens. Both gardens we visited were by the fantastic Organic Mechanics team of Sean Stout and James Pettigrew, including their own space. The first garden we checked out was at Hotel Mark Twain. These wonderful succulent containers were part of the rooftop garden.

More rooftop succulent insanity

Funky fountain

This space is called The Humming Bird garden and it would make a fabulous place to hang out with a drink from the adjacent bar. We even saw a hummingbird while we were there.

Checking out the fountain and looking cute

Zoe loves water and throwing things in to water.

Feeding the fish

Sadly, I didn’t get many pics with my crappy iphone from the designer’s great garden. Zoe had tons of fun feeding the fish.

The New Backyard (Cement Slab)

July 13, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Our new place from the back deck

The back is finally presentable, so I thought I’d share some pictures. Caution, many include a small child doing cute things.

Bubbles are back!

Zoe enjoys being pants and diaper free like Max.

Drinking from the can

Our little helper

More helping

We still have a bunch of big honking containers that need filling, but I think we’re off to a good start. I’m so happy we scored the wooden playhouse on Craigslist. Zoe hangs out in it all the time. I’ll take more close up plant pics when they’re bigger and more exciting. I took a bunch of perennials we had in pots in Oakland and set them free in the ground.

Loving Living Green Design

June 24, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 1 Comment

Vertical coolness

A couple days ago I took Zoe out in her plastic red car for a ride around the neighborhood that included a stop at Living Green Design. There are a bunch of crazy showrooms in one place with tons of cool things to look at. If you’re in the neighborhood definitely check it out. Next time I’ll bust out the good camera when I walk over. It’s ridiculously close to the new SF place.

Barnacle bowl of craziness


Sunset Celebration garden tucked away


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.

Celebrate With Sunset This Weekend!

May 30, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 0 comments

Tropical Garden, by Living Green

This weekend is Sunset’s Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park and we think you should go! Not only are there amazing gardens like the one above there are fabulous garden speakers happening both days. I was super lucky to get a sneak preview yesterday. Put on your shades, as it was sunny as heck and my pictures might burn your eye balls a little.

Nepenthe Love

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an amazing vertical garden. One of the first places I plan on visiting is Living Green when we move back to SF. They’re the ones responsible for this crazy awesome tropical space.

Edible Bounty Garden, by Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening

We LOVE Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening! How can you not? Their gardens are to die for and more along the lines of how we’re gardening these days combining pollinator attractors and food.


Hooray for herbs!

Desert Modern Garden, by Sunset editors Lauren Dunec & Johanna Silver

Way back in the olden days when Matti and I first started learning about plants in Plant ID 101 at City College we met the fabulous Johanna Silver. She’s now a garden editor and doing super sweet things with her partner in gardening greatness Lauren Dunec. The test gardens are looking so so good right now. Zoe and I are going to move in to the berry garden.

Desert Modern Outdoor Shower

Showering outdoors kind of freaks me out, but many people seem to like the idea.

Urban Calm Garden, by Growsgreen Landscape Design

A crazy cool container find from Growsgreen Landscape Design, sadly my other pics of their garden turned out terrible (not their fault, but the sun’s). I didn’t get a good shot of the wonderful Ground Cover Landscaping garden either, so you’ll have to go check it out yourself.

All of these “Small Space, Big Dreams” gardens surround the cutest little home you’ve ever seen by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Matti, Zoe and I plan on hitting the road to visit on Sunday, so give a shout if you see us around. We’re super excited to see succulent king and queen, Robin Stockwell and Debra Lee Baldwin, along with our favorite carnivorous plant nerd and friend Robert Co speaking at the Garden Stage along with a bunch more great folks. Hope to see you there!