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Wave Garden Wonderfulness

January 16, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Aeonium escobarii

We finally checked out the fabulous Wave Garden at the end of October. I’ve known about it for a long time, seen tons of beautiful pictures of it, heck I worked in Richmond twice, so there’s really no good excuse for it taking us so long to actually go there in person.  The plantings were designed by Kellee Adams. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the East Bay. Enjoy a few of our pics:

Cussonia paniculata and friends

Aeonium and Cuphea contained

Bougainvillea, Echeveria agavoides & friends


More waves & Echeveria elegans

Matti, Zoe and the Richmond Bridge

Happy plant combos

Lovely Leucadendron



Spectacular Succulent Gardens

March 22, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 4 Comments

Aloe polyphylla

No trip to Monterey is complete without a stop at Succulent Gardens. The big Aloe polyphylla on the right was HUGE. It’s in a wine barrel.

Caution, Succulents

Matti’s been playing around, taking crazy pics with the panorama camera setting on his phone.



Echeveria ‘Cassyz Winter’ all cresty

That’s me on crutches…

Don’t miss out on the giant Succulent Globe by Succulent Gardens at the SF Flower & Garden Show this weekend (the nursery is closed during the show).

Gardens by Gabriel, Central Coast Gardening God

March 12, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 13 Comments

On the way to Wisconsin: Megan, Kaveh, Gabriel & Matti

Back in late April 2012 we were hanging out on the Central Coast checking out some of the coolest succulent gardens around with Gabriel (Gardens by Gabriel) & Kaveh (Plant Propaganda) on our way back to Wisconsin. We took tons of pics, but haven’t blogged much about our trip back to dairyland. It was too sad for me to look at all the plants I thought I’d never be able to grow again. Now that we’re moving back it’s fun to look at all our pics of plants again.  Big thanks to Kaveh for hooking us up with Gabriel’s totally rad gardens! We’ll be definitely be down for a visit once we’re back. *Not all gardens pictured below are Gabriel’s. The first two are Nick Wilkinson owner of Grow Nursery in Cambria. You guys are both gardening gods!

Beach succulents

I think those octopus like aloes are Aloe vanbalenii, but I’m not sure. I am really, really sure I want one. Here are a few more of my favorite pics from the tour below, but you can check them all out on flickr here.

Dudleya fun

Foliage Follow Up First Timers

March 16, 2012 by Megan Speckmann | 11 Comments

Euphorbia rigida & friends

So yesterday’s Bloom Day post was kind of lame. Lots of repeat blooms… nothing really exciting, so I finally got my act together for a Foliage Follow Up post. Not sure why we never did one before. We’ve got way more going on in the foliage department than flowers most of the time. Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting the leafy online get together!

Dudleya pulverulenta

Momma Dudleya with new little pup. There’s another cutie on the other side.

Succulent friends

You gotta love Oscularia deltoides (the frosty blue guy crawling around in the Aeoniums). This side of the garden gets no direct sun for a couple of months in the winter, but the succulents don’t seem to care.


Othonna capensis

This teeny weeny little succulent is in my top ten favorite succulents list. It’s just so gosh darn cute.

Agave & friends

Dang it, I have no idea what Agave this is. We won it at the SF Succulent Society Sale a couple years ago and I never bothered to write down the name. Anyone know what it might be?


Sorry the pic is so blown out. This is one of the oldest and least touched (rearranged) succulent sections of the garden besides the succulents under our Agave americana.



Plectranthus neochilus & Aeoniums

The Plectranthus buds don’t count as blooms, do they? I love this plant and its herby smell. You either hate the smell or love it. It’s super tough if you have a spot where nothing else with grow. Happy Foliage Follow Up!

Merry March Bloom Day

March 14, 2012 by Megan Speckmann | 15 Comments

Eschscholzia californica

Happy March Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! I have to admit I’ve been kind of bloom picture taking slacker lately (some of these pics are from a week or two ago). The California poppies are in action out back and they’re cabbage looper free so far. Last year all our poppies were covered in holes and little green caterpillars. I’m not bitter.

Grill full o'plants

So the crazy orange flowered Lotus maculatus (parrot’s beak) has been blooming its little heart out for months and months. It doesn’t stop. I shake the spent blooms off now and then and trim parts of it that start strangle the other plants in the grill.

Gilia capitata

The California native section is starting to take off and after all the rain stops in the next few days stops it’s going to be insane. I’m a big fan of all the Gilias.

Awesome Aeonium

The Aeoniums have been a bit sad with so little rain this winter. We’re not seeing very many blooms. It looks like birds have been hitting the leaves of this guy (a free score from a neighborhood garage sale a couple years back).

Aristolochia californica

The pitcher party is almost over and the leaf (crazy freak out take over the world) party is taking over. This pic was taken at the start of the month.

Helleborus foetidus 'Gold Bullion'

Our one and only hellebore is doing its thing. I was hoping it would be a little more gold, but still love it. If you crush the leaves it’s supposed to stink hence it’s common name “Stinking hellebore”. We’ll have to give it a try to experience the stench.

Crested Euphorbia 'Tiny Tim'

As soon as the rain started all of the freakazoid crested blooms weighed down this poor plant, so they’re no longer standing up.

Crested Euphorbia 'Tiny Tim'

How can you not love the monster like blooms?


Kalanchoe prolifera

I can’t believe how long this thing has been going for. We lost a stalk in a wind storm a month or two ago, but this one’s still standing tall.

Kalanchoe prolifera & friends

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the flower share-a-thon!