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June Blooms

June 14, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 27 Comments

Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'

Happy June Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We’ve never had so many bloomiferous happenings out back before. A big shout out to Annie’s Annuals for offering a plant employee discount so generous I’ve tried out TONS of plants I never would have given a shot. My current fave that’s covered in buds and blooms is Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’. How can you not love the freaky lip like orange blooms? I apologize in advance for the mass quantities of flower pictures.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'

This is my first year growing Papavers. My favorite is hands down Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’. I’m sad to report that our Papaver ‘Greek‘ died an early death due to a gopher incident we’d like to forget, but it was pretty for the few weeks we had with it. This one’s safe and sound in a container.

Papaver 'Drama Queen'

Named appropriately, Papaver ‘Drama Queen’ almost got eaten by the gopher, too! I definitely would have staked this puppy if I knew how big and floppy it was going to be. The gopher action right next to it didn’t help the situation, along with the RAIN IN JUNE. I think I’m going to replace it with Dahlias this weekend. It’s squashing stuff.

Bulbine bloom

Gosh darn it. I forget which one this is. Love that it has peachy orange blooms.

Delphinium belladonna 'Bellamosum'

I was curious to see if Delphinium belladonna ‘Bellamosum’ could hack it in the cold, windy, foggy Outer Sunset. It went a wee bit sideways, but still pretty.

Fuchsia 'Fanfare'

The fuchsias are all freaking out, but ‘Fanfare’ is freaking out with wild abandon. It’s kind of out of control. Most of the canes are at least ten feet tall flopping all over the place. If I had carefully read the description I would have seen, “I have seen it espaliered to fill up the entire side of a house”.  Wholly crap! I’ve been chopping it back a little to promote some bushiness. Maybe it’s just going through it’s gawky stage?

Fuchsia Mystery

Here’s the mystery fuchsia. It’s been looking kind of sick (yellow leaves), but still busting out flowers. My best guess is that it’s getting sunburned. In the winter this side of the yard gets almost no direct light. The blue stuff is a Cerinthe major purpurascens seedling we let stick around.


Scyphanthus elegans

Scyphanthus elegans is a cute little vine from Chile. I planted Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’ next to it and they’re just starting to play with each other. I just realized they’re both Chilean. We have TONS of Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’ from reseeding action on our shady side. It’s one of my favorite plants. The hummingbirds go crazy.


Clarkia concinna

Clarkia concinna gives the native section a little splash o’ pink. The native middle section continues to rock.


Poppy Attack!

Caterpillars have been having a ball with the California poppy blooms. This weekend I watched as flocks of little birds came in and went to town on the little flower eaters.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia

Still loving California native Camissonia cheiranthifolia. The flower action never ends. I’m going to shut up now, and post more pictures since it’s getting late.


Lathyrus odoratus 'Barry Dare' & Friends

Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black' with cresting Graptopetalum

Phygelius capensis ‘Magenta’

Echium plantagineum with Scabiosa & friends

Cestrum newellii

Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel'

Check out May Dreams Gardens for blooms all over the world. Happy Bloom Day!




Flower Floozy Fest

June 12, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 8 Comments

Phacelia campanularia ssp. vasiformis

Last week I brought the camera to Annie’s and went on a little photographing freak out one morning. I put all the new plants on the website, and am continually updating current plant descriptions and pics to make sure we have the hottest photo possible. Sometimes I even use my own pics, especially if the plant is brand new. This Phacelia is looking extra hot right now. I’m kind of surprised I never brought one home for the CA native middle.

Clarkia amoena ‘Aurora’

I think we might give that cute red flowered guy (Galvezia speciosa)  hiding behind the Clarkia shot in the empty spot where the Echium wildpretii was.

Dahlia 'Dark Side of the Sun'

Here’s a good example of my laziness with photoshop for our flickr pics. Click on this link to see the same picture digitally fluffed. It’s nothing major, just a little tweak here and there.  I rarely (never) bust out the photoshop on the pictures we upload to flickr. Here’s a couple more pretty pics. If you’re hankering for some more Annie’s Flower Floozy photo fun check out Floradora’s recent post with even more FABULOUS flowery pictures from Annie’s.

Lupinus regalis 'Morello Cherry'

Pretty pink Lupinus regalis ‘Morello Cherry’.

Dianthus carthusianorum

I’m not a huge Dianthus fan (sorry Annie), but I really like Dianthus carthusianorum.

Perilla frutescens 'Purple Shiso'

Purpliscious Perilla frutescens ‘Purple Shiso’.

Layia gaillardioides

Adorable California Native Layia gaillardioides.

March 13, 2011
by Megan

Annies Hodgepodge

About a month ago, I took the day off and head over to Annie’s Annual.  The sun was just coming up, and the plants were looking striking such as this Gazania krebsiana .  South African native…I read that this low … Continue reading

November 20, 2010
by Megan
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I bring the good camera to work at Annie’s everyday. Sometimes I take pictures of stuff to go online like this brand new, super sexy Dahlia ‘Lotus’, and sometimes I just take pictures of plants. Here are some of the … Continue reading

October 20, 2010
by Megan

Our New Plant Babies

Yesterday I brought home my first tray of plants from work. I felt kind of bad for them when we hit the fog coming back in to San Francisco. No more sunny Richmond skies for these guys. After a little … Continue reading