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Oakland Gardens Part II (Floradoraland)

October 29, 2013 by Megan | 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.

Conservatory of Flowers Bloom Action

October 18, 2013 by Matti | 7 Comments

 

Medinilla scortechinii (Orange Medinilla)

The Conservatory of Flowers always has a great display of mesmerizing blooms.  It changes every time we visit and my favorite that day was this Medinilla scortechinii (Orange Medinilla).  The flower reminds me of a growing crystalline structure…very cool.

Bro Bloom

The conservatory is broken up into about 5 sections each with it own plant palette.  The Aquatic Plants section complete with indoor pond always has some sweets blooming bros.  Love these Bromeliad flower spikes.

Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plant)

Another group of fun plants are their Nepenthes.  This carnivorous plant has forms cups at the end of their leaves.  Take a peek inside these floating cups and you will likely find some insects and other bugs digesting.

NOD

Here’s a funky bloom that caught my eye.  NoIDea what sort of plant it is.  The flower was about the size of your fist and the succulent stem reminded me of a Euphorbia.  Anybody have a better idea on the name of this plant?

Our Neighborhood Oakland Gardens

August 20, 2013 by Megan | 12 Comments

Salvia confertiflora looking pretty with the purple trim

I’ve been collecting pics of the neighborhood gardens via Instagram since we moved to Oakland in early July. The above is a garden on our block and I LOVE it. It’s a little edible and a little ornamental with lots of purple plants to match the house. We live in the Frick neighborhood near Mills College and Maxwell Park. Some directions are better to walk than others.

Love the Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

I’m not 100% sure, but I think this is one of Kelly Kilpatrick’s (Floradora) gardens. Love all those bright colors and contrasty textures!

Shady succulents

Don’t forget that lots of succulents don’t mind shade. Especially if you live somewhere that gets crazy hot. Our new neighborhood is very warm and sunny. Almost a little too warm, we’re missing life close to the beach.

Front yard veggies

Hurray for lots of people growing veggies out front! I see tons of front yards with food on my walks.

Fake grass and Agaves

As weird as this combo is, I actually kind of like it. The pineappled bases of the agaves are the perfect match for astroturf.

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Unfortunately placed agaves

Ooops! We did this when we first moved to California. No one tells you how huge some of these guys get, especially if it’s free on craigslist. Great for under your kid’s bedroom windows, but not next to the front door.

Agave attenuata

Happy Agave attenuatas.

Flowerfest

Last, but not least the flowerfest house. I freaked out when we walked up to it. It’s a huge party of big honking Zinnias, Tithonia rotundifolia (I think) and a bunch more. Thanks for reading!

Flora Grubb Goodness

August 17, 2013 by Megan | 6 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!

Pitcher Plant Project’s Gorgeous Greenhouse

August 16, 2013 by Megan | 5 Comments

Pitcher plant insanity

A couple weeks ago I had the good fortune to visit our plant nerd friend Rob from The Pitcher Plant Project and his amazing greenhouse space. We first met Rob three years ago when he offered us a free Gunnera. Check out the blog post from back in the day, there’s a super cute pic of the three of us. While Rob thinks this is kind of a crappy time of the year appearance wise for his huge Sarracenia collection, I have to disagree. Check out the pics below.

Pitcher plant insanity

Pitcher plant insanity

Pitcher plant insanity

Cutie babies

Aloe polyphylla family

Rob grows more than pitcher plants. Love these!

Fenestraria freak out

Sweet, sweet succulent land

Thank you so much for all the fab plant presents and the great visit Rob! Check out all the crazy cool pics I took at the greenhouse here. If you scroll to very end you’ll see a few shots of our old sunset garden. As I was driving home through SF, I went by the old place and our next door neighbor happened to be taking out the trash. Got a few minutes of viewing over the fence.