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Big Sur, Big Gardens

December 28, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 10 Comments

Big Sur Spirit Garden - Agave parryi

On Christmas Eve we cruised down Highway One to Big Sur for the day. We love the Big Sur Spirit Garden. One of the first blog posts I ever wrote was about this sweet place. It’s a definite must-stop for the succulents alone. Rumor has it the owner has an amazing private garden, too.

Big Sur Spirit Garden

The leucadendrons are starting to go into their crazy bloom action. Love the Opuntia poking through.

Big Sur Spirit Garden

I’m a wee bit embarrassed to say I’m not sure which mega-cactus this is. Help!

Cotyledon orbiculata

Aloe speciosa maybe?

Nepenthe Garden

We always stop at Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe for lunch on the patio. Love their gardens, too.

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' Nepenthe

Grevillea at Nepenthe

Gratuitous pics of CA natives, turquoise seas, amazing beaches & mountains coming soon.

Blooming in July!

July 14, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 12 Comments

Pelargonium trigonum miracle flower!

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We’ve got some stuff blooming in the backyard. You might be thinking, “Hey, that’s a geranium flower. What’s exciting about that?”, but it’s a freak Pelargonium we picked up at a Succulent Society meeting. We still have the tag calling it Pelargonium trigonum, but I can’t find anything on the interwebs about it. I’m thinking maybe it’s Pelargonium tetragonum, it’s gotta be closely related. It has square succulent stems, might be confused for Euphorbia and is weird. I think it would be a lot happier in a different (sunnier/drier) spot, now that I’ve finally took the time to read about it. Here’s a pic of it back in May when it wasn’t getting eaten by a Calceolaria.

Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’ & friends

You can barely see the poor Pelargonium between Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’ and Cerinthe major purpurascens. The Calceolaria has been going crazy with orangey mouthed flowers.

Cotyledon orbiculata that keeps on giving

Cotyledon orbiculata has been blooming since early April. It just keeps pumping out flowers.

Dahlia 'Dark Side of the Sun'

So far my Dahlia experiment has been doing pretty well. No powdery mildew, yet! The cold, damp, drizzly fog is definitely here for Summer.

Keckiella cordifolia (CA Native) getting cuddly with the Agave

Gilia capitata chamissonis fluffy cuteness (CA Native)

Eccremocarpus scaber 'Cherry Red'

New Zinnia & Eryngium tripartitum

We’ve quite a bit more blooming all over the place right now. Check out our backyard flickr set for all the action in July. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day!


April 15, 2011
by Megan

April Bloominess

Hurray for Garden Bloggers’ April Bloom Day! We finally have a bunch of new stuff in flowery action! May’s going to be even crazier in the new bloom department. We have a mystery iris about ready to bust, and a … Continue reading

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

Strybing 9 Pack

October 16, 2010 by Megan | 1 Comment

Happy semi-wordless Saturday.  All these great guys were taken (photos LOL) from the succulent section in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  Lots lots of the succulents are either finishing up their blooms or just starting.

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