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Fisherman’s Wharf Flowers

November 24, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

Look over there! Flowers! From probably two months ago… we haven’t been the best at uploading pics in a timely manner and blogging in recent years. I do make real life Shutterfly books of Zoe’s adventures, but I feel bad about the whole not blogging much anymore. Some time back in August/September I took the ferry over to SF on a lovely sunny day and took some pictures. Love the orange Zinnias.

Succulent crab was looking pretty happy.

The dahlias were already starting to mildew out, but looked awesome anyways.

 

After wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf I headed up some insane steps towards Telegraph Hill and got this nice pic. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a little more these days now that we’re settling in a bit. Here’s a link to an earlier Fisherman Wharf flower posts (they do an awesome job).

Summertime at Olbrich Gardens

September 18, 2012 by Megan | 6 Comments

Brugmansia in a pot

So we’ve been blogging slackers since moving to Wisconsin. My pregnant hormones started out as sad and weepy, then transitioned to pissed off and angry. I would have been posting things like, “Nice use of way too much ugly red mulch, did you forget the plants?”, “It’s 107 degrees, I think we’ve moved to hell”, “Your lawn ornaments are terrible!” and other crabby things. It wasn’t a pretty time. We’re a fifteen minute walk from Olbrich Botanical Gardens here in Madison and it’s FABULOUS! I love that it’s continuously changing in ways that SF Botanical Garden just couldn’t pull off due to it’s ginormousness and year round need of upkeep. It was looking extra awesome this August. For all our summer Olbrich pics check out this link. If you didn’t hear already our baby is here and a week old today!

Zinnia

Dill and friends

Grass!

 

Joe Pye Weed

 

Euphorbia myrsinites, Donkeytail Spurge

Crazy Container

 

 

TED’s Garden

December 20, 2011 by Matti | 5 Comments

Dudleya attenuata

Dudleya attenuata

You know the term, a man’s man? Well if there’s such thing as a gardener’s garden…this is the place.  What a treat it was to visit Ted Kipping’s private oasis over in the Glen Park neighborhood.  When Ted isn’t traveling to exotic locations seeking out rare plants in habitat or working his business at Tree Shapers, he’s constantly tweeking his garden.

Scleranthus biflorus

Scleranthus biflorus

Ted has several hypertufaesque containers tucked in throughout his space. After I stopped drooling over that first pic of the Dudleya attenuata, I saw his Scleranthus biflorus, which was looking lusher than ours.

Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon

I had a bunch of those…wow, why didn’t I think of that moments.  Here’s a plant we have in our garden, but his Lewisia cotyledon looked way more cooler than ours.  He does some amazing mini landscapes, and certainly influenced us to make our alpine container about a month back.

Dierama bee love

Dierama bee love

Megan tells me that Dierama are hot right now. The bee and me would have to agree.  Sometimes called Fairy’s Fishing Rods, they fall in the same family as Crocosmia and put on quite a show.

Begonia foliosa var. miniata

Begonia foliosa var. miniata

Agave parryi

Agave parryi

Agave parryi, always a fav.  Slow growing, its gray spiky foliage spans to about a 30-inch diameter.  Stunning accent plant, indeed.

Bromeliad fence

Bromeliad fence

His Bro Fence was sweet. Ted shared with us a little trick.  He uses a variety of Bromeliads to fill in holes and gaps within his garden until he finds just the right plant for that space.  Since many Bros are easy to transplant and move around…they work well for his technique.  Small potted plants work the same way.  Brilliant.

Brugmansia & Blue Sky

Brugmansia & Blue Sky

Gratuitous Brugmansia and blue sky shot. It was one of those gorgeous fall days.

Plectranthus awesomus

Plectranthus awesomus

Score! Ted dropped us a couple cuttings including a pinch of this shady loving limy Plectranthus.  It’s gonna look great on our shady side.

Hey, if you get a moment, you must check out Ted’s Tree Shapers and see what makes him one of the most skilled Arborist in the Bay Area and beyond.  You rock Ted!

– Far Out Flora

October 9, 2010
by Megan
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Angel's Trumpet Podding

This guy, Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’, has intensely fragrant flowering bells.  Man, these Brugmansias are growing on me.  Besides sweet smelling, the blooms are ginormous.     This cultivar is a hybrid between Brugmansia ‘Dr. Seuss’ & Brugmansia ‘Frosty Pink’ and … Continue reading

September 7, 2010
by Megan
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Brugmansia: Friend or Foe?

I was in the back garden yesterday and I hear a voice over the fence.  It was our neighbor pointing at his Brugmansia and that he heard that it may be poisonous. Well, it can be if ingested and painful … Continue reading