Far Out Flora

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!


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.