Far Out Flora

Dudleyas, Dudleyas, Dudleyas

March 21, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 5 Comments

Dudleya & Lewisia hanging basket

Love the hanging baskets of Dudleya and Lewisia at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. I want it hanging in my backyard. SBBG has one of the best collections of Dudleya around. I want them all.

Dudleya vicida

Dudleya ‘White Sprite’

Dudleyafest

Dudleya anomala

Hurray for Dudleyas! Get more Dudleya action from our last trip to SBBG here.

Gardens by Gabriel, Central Coast Gardening God

March 12, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 13 Comments

On the way to Wisconsin: Megan, Kaveh, Gabriel & Matti

Back in late April 2012 we were hanging out on the Central Coast checking out some of the coolest succulent gardens around with Gabriel (Gardens by Gabriel) & Kaveh (Plant Propaganda) on our way back to Wisconsin. We took tons of pics, but haven’t blogged much about our trip back to dairyland. It was too sad for me to look at all the plants I thought I’d never be able to grow again. Now that we’re moving back it’s fun to look at all our pics of plants again.  Big thanks to Kaveh for hooking us up with Gabriel’s totally rad gardens! We’ll be definitely be down for a visit once we’re back. *Not all gardens pictured below are Gabriel’s. The first two are Nick Wilkinson owner of Grow Nursery in Cambria. You guys are both gardening gods!

Beach succulents

I think those octopus like aloes are Aloe vanbalenii, but I’m not sure. I am really, really sure I want one. Here are a few more of my favorite pics from the tour below, but you can check them all out on flickr here.

Dudleya fun

May 10, 2011
by Megan
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Natives Are Nice, Really Nice

Way back in January we went a little California native crazy in our “center bed” (giant sand pit that was stuffed with Senecio mandraliscae and other wayward succulents). Dang I’m glad we did. Things are starting to get exciting in … Continue reading

January 8, 2011
by Matti
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Dudleyas Dudleyas Dudleyas

…the succulent so nice we had to say it thrice.  Hey, we made it to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  They focus mainly on California natives and have an impressive collection…including a ton o Dudleyas (aka Live-forevers).  Their 78 acre garden … Continue reading

December 10, 2010
by Megan
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A Bleak Neighborhood Is Revived

The New York Times did a little slideshow/bit about our neighborhood about two weekends ago, which described it as bleak (now revived of course). We’re walking distance to most of the places they uncover, and now feel extra cool doing … Continue reading