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Vintage Gardeny Gifts

December 3, 2011 by Megan | 2 Comments

Vintage Planter Cuteness!

Our good friend Amy was just in San Francisco visiting from Madison where she scours estate sales and the best St. Vinnie’s ever to find funky awesome stuff for her etsy shop Dairy Heiress. How cute are those planters above? Click on any of the pictures to be whisked away to the etsy page for more info.

Cornucopia of Fruits

Hollyhock Dishes

Bambi Planter

Owlies

Parakeet Planter

Merry Mushrooms

 

Mission Santa Barbara

January 2, 2011 by Megan | 8 Comments

Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara

We hit Southern California over the holiday starting in Santa Barbara.  Wow, amazing how fast the use of succulents changes…can I say Agave attenuata galore.  After getting a tip, we swung by the Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Kalanchoe sp.

Kalanchoe sp.

This isn’t your standard supermarket kalanchoe, but not certain of the species.  The flowers are amazing.  Any thoughts on the species?  We did some poking around and looks like it may be Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe tubiflora).  A Succulent Life has a nice pic of the K. tubiflora.

Varigated Century Plant - Agave americana var. variegata

Variegated Century Plant - Agave americana var. variegata

There’s a ton of succulents hanging out outside the building.  This Agave americana var veriegata was impressive.

Santa Barbara Mission

Santa Barbara Mission

Aloes (right is Aloe plicatilis)

Aloes (right is Aloe plicatilis)

Flowering aloes.  Love the plicatilis on the right.  How long before our Fan Aloe gets that big…hum.

Aloe sp.

Aloe sp.

Another aloe.  Not familiar with these guys above and below.  Maybe an Aloe ferox below.  Any thought on species?

Aloe ferox?

Aloe ferox?

Mission in Santa Barbara

Mission in Santa Barbara

We decided to skip the inside tour, but looked pretty cool.  So many plants…so little time.  Couple more stops in Santa Barbara then we head further south.

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Earlier Times (Before and After Fun)

November 21, 2010 by Megan | 5 Comments

March 2, 2008

Awe, look at how cute everything was back in 2008. Way back in the day I was in awe of blooming daffodils in early March, and the fact that succulents survived outdoors year round. Sadly we don’t have any pre-Agave pics. I remember a really sad looking Abutilon, but I forget what else was planted here before we took over and went succulent crazy. Nothing cool enough to take pictures of.

March 8, 2008

More little baby succulents. Matti just yanked out that baby Agave last month. The cactus is dead. I never noticed there was a unicorn on that little stepping stone thing until just now. We knew early we wanted a surf/unicorn theme.

November 21, 2010

That bowling pin may look decorative, but it’s there to protect the smaller succulents from our neighbor’s dog walking around in there. She’s little, so she doesn’t do very much. The mice/rats running around at the night are very tempting.

March 8, 2008

The rosemary being held up with a rope is gone. It was getting pretty gnarly and annoying. The clump of Dietes vegeta (Fortnight Lily) is long gone too. For six months I had no idea what it was. It was a freebie from an Mission roof garden going away plant giveaway. The three plants front right died. I don’t even remember what they were, except for the poppy.

October 10, 2010

The Cerinthe has been yanked since this was taken, but I often forget that there’s a weird little wooden frame thing in there. Matti ripped out the wood edging months ago.

 

March 8, 2008

Wholly crap! We used to have an entire yard full of grass and a cold frame thing. The cold frame turned out to be a big pain in the ass and we ripped it out. I had a successful crop of lettuce in there, but it was really hard to get in there to do anything. That picnic table has gone to picnic table heaven (staghorn fern class mounting materials).

 

November 21, 2010

I’m not sure what to call this explosion of crap in the middle of the lawn. It started out as a succulent dumping ground, now it’s a forest of Senecio mandraliscae (please let us know if you want some, we always have plenty to share). We’re thinking about clearing some of the insanity and putting in a few half wine barrels for more veggie growing space. Matti’s lettuce experiment has really turned around, and I’m loving the fresh salads.

March 11, 2009

Check out that big mass of nasty on the right. It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since we (Matti) went on a mattress vine killing mission. You can witness the very last of it’s demise here. Our neighbor let us relocate his weather contraption, so it no longer needs the shelter of an umbrella. Here are some pics of what’s hanging out in the mattress vine zone now:

November 21, 2010
November 21, 2010

If want to see all of the pics we took of the garden look no farther than this link. We have a few more old school ones here. It’s still hard to remember what a crap hole our back yard was when we moved in. It was so crappy we didn’t document it on film. I’ve learned my lesson, and now take a lot of before pics. I’m still pretty darn amazed at the transformation of our happy little Outer Sunset rental garden.

 

September 22, 2010
by Megan
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Succulent Corner Makeover

You should have seen our faces when we saw Max, the border collie, and our next door neighbor’s dog having a grand old time rough housing in our succulent corner of the lawn.  Well, after biting my lip…we decided to … Continue reading