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Cool Container Town

January 20, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Containerville on the deck

It’s been a super long time since I’ve blogged, but we’re trying to get back in action again. After losing the battery charger for our DSLR camera for six months it was miraculously found and I took some pics of the backyard recently including the deck. When you are fortunate enough to work for a very nice garden center, sometimes pots get chipped or otherwise compromised in transit. That means employees get to take them home or they go in the trash. None of our pots are perfect with the exception of the terracotta pots are all cool hand-me-downs. All of the others have chips, cracks and other “issues”. Many of the filler plants are rescues from the plant hospital at Flora Grubb Gardens.

Cussonia spicata & friends

I have never loved a weird tree so much. This is our bathroom window. One night I was having beverages at Flora Grubb Gardens and decided Cussonia spicata was the perfect plant for the bathroom screening container. I can’t believe how huge it’s grown so quickly. I’ve always loved the scent of Pelargonium tomentosum and finally planted one in the turquoise container.

Greenovia aurea

I’m not 100% this is Greenovia aurea. Our plant geek friend Derek of Plantgasm moved to Oregon and we inherited a bunch of his fabulous plants including this one. So darn cute.

I’m a Euphorbiaholic. I can never have enough. That cool cresty Graptopetalum paraguayense in the background is also from Derek. I think it may have been one of our original La Playa Garden plants. We got quite a few of our old succulents back, which was really cool.


I can’t remember the name of the tall reddish guy in there, but I like it. Can anyone help me out?

African Blue Basil Bloom

A few months back I planted this guy and it just keeps blooming and blooming and blooming. The bees love it.

Othonna sp.

Love this cute thing I grabbed from the hospital at Flora Grubb Gardens. It’s been blooming like crazy this fall and winter. Hopefully you’ll be hearing from us more often here.

Put A Tillandsia On It!

December 3, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 3 Comments


Hello! It’s been forever since we blogged… LAME. We talk about it, but never seem to get around to it. Check out our Instagram accounts faroutmegan & fofmatti for more recent excitement and tons of Zoe pics. It’s not like we stopped gardening or anything crazy like that. I think our new SF garden is going to be the coolest one so far. I have grand plans for mass photo uploading and blogging this January.


You may or may not know that we fulfill all of Flora Grubb Gardens Web Shop orders from our basement. We also live one block away from the SF store in a rad three bedroom house built in the late 1800’s. Matti still works upstairs in the office at FGG. Anyways… we recently put together some super cool kits with everything you need to start sticking tillies on things. We also have kits that involve sticking succulents in things. Check out Flora’s cool new holiday gift guide, too!

Airplants: The Curious World of Tillandsias is a MUST HAVE by the fabulous Zenaida from Flora Grubb Gardens. You can add an autographed book to any kit.

Kit contents

Oh My Organic Mechanics

July 15, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 6 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