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Badass Bromeliad Society Tour

July 19, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments


Bromeliads gone wild

Last weekend we hit up the SF Bromeliad Society’s super rad garden tour AND busted out the good old DSLR for the first time in almost a year. All the tour gardens were AMAZING! Brian Ransom’s garden pictured above and a whole bunch of pics below was my fave of the fab bunch. Anyone who mixes succulents, CA natives and bros rocks.

Brian’s garden

Zoe & Matti getting up close

Brian’s garden

Thunbergia & Tillandsia buddies on the fence

Seriously? How great is this?

Stags and more

The second garden we visited was by Armin Lindegger and Patrick Aaron. Love this vertical combo with the stags.

Babies like gardens!

Zoe was a good little trooper as we (mostly Matti) carried her all over the upper Market Street neighborhood. Check out those beautiful tree ferns in the background!

Anigozanthos love

Anigozanthos love

Hot tub garden

The last garden we visited was Richard Wigen’s. I wish I had a hot tub across from a big pile of awesome potted plants. Check out the trunk on that Aloe plicatilis!

Matti & Zoe hiding in the Senecio cristobalensis on the right

Musschia wollastonii maybe

Musschia wollastonii maybe

Can anyone confirm the ID on this guy about to burst with blooms? Looks like Muschia wollastonii to me.

Pretty path

Pretty path

Kniphofia, Verbena bonariensis, a ginormo Aloe plicatilis plus a bunch of other good stuff makes a gorgeous path. Zoe turned in to a pumpkin by the time the potluck started, so we missed out on the very last garden. It’s great to be back in California, surrounded by crazy awesome gardens filled with plants that most of the country can only grow as annuals or houseplants. Check out this link for all the sweet pics we took during the trip.

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.


Gratuitious Succulenty Goodness

October 8, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 3 Comments

Succulent happyland

Yesterday morning I busted out the camera just as light was starting to hit the garden. We have big plans to rip out a bunch of stuff this weekend including one of our big honking Agave americanas (if you live in town & are interested in it let us know), but don’t worry the succulent craziness above is staying put. Actually, I’d like to move the Euphorbia atropurpurea forward a little, but nothing major.

Aloe plicatilis buds

Our favorite Aloe plicatilis is getting ready to flower!

Echeveria amoena

Quite possibly the cutest Echeveria around. Wanna go succulent crazy this weekend? Ruth Bancroft Garden is having their Fall Plant Sale this weekend.





Holy Hipstamatic Garden

September 25, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Fuchsia 'Fanfare' & Friends

A couple weeks ago I went a little crazy with the Hipstamatic app combined with the AutoStitch app out back. Matti’s the king of this technique, since I’m often bogarding the DSLR.  I’m loving the trippy pics this combo produces. It’s super easy, too! Makes the garden look all magical & stuff.

Plectranthus neochilus & Aeonium Fun


Pretty Aloe plicatilis

Succulent Craziness

Scary Skeleton

Succulent Wagon

Euphorbia & Aeonium Love

Begonia luxurians Loveliness

Echeveria shaviana & Friends



February 25, 2011
by Megan


You wouldn’t know it today, but it was gorgeous about 2 weeks ago when we were re-tooling the back garden…SF has a 30% chance of snow tonight.  Hey, the succulent corner experiment is coming along.  Historically, this was the last … Continue reading