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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

Jim’s Courtyard Oasis

May 24, 2011 by Matti | 7 Comments

Piano and more.

Piano and more.

Jim’s garden paradise is right in the heart of SOMA San Francisco. Many of you may not know, but that sweet Ford Edsel over at Flora Grubb? … That’s Jim’s planting too. BTW above in the pic, that’s an old piano next to the guitar.

Playing Elephants.

Dancing Elephants.

It’s a small space that gets a little sun here and there and lots of reflective light in the evening. Man he has taken advantage of every single nook and cranny with design coolness and found objects.

Head and old radio.

Head and old radio.

Hanging Planters

Hanging Planters

These hanging hypertufas look well aged, almost like they were pulled right from the earth and suspended in mid air.

Funky chair

Funky chair

This simple solution was way to easy…wish I would have came across it sooner. Jim plunked down a colorful wooden board on an old retro chair for extra seating.

Aeoniums with bench

Aeoniums with bench

The day we visited it was actually raining out, so it was a challenge to get some of the photos, but the drops sure look great on these Aeoniums.

Wonder woman!

Wonder woman!

OMG, I about flipped over when we located Wonder Woman in the garden. I couldn’t find the invisible jet.

Aeonium with parking meter

Aeonium with parking meter

Jim’s oasis is playful, eclectic, and delivers every bit of the things we love. Thanks for the tour.

- Far Out Flora

October 24, 2010
by Megan
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Strelitzia Down

Yesterday morning we discovered that our Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise) took some heavy damage.  So what?!?  …did one of those big raccoons fall on it?  Hum… So below is the last photo of our plant (it’s the dead … Continue reading

June 9, 2010
by Megan
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SuccuLOmatic

In honor to Wordless Wednesday’s…Happy SuccuLOmatic! These aeonium species are a work horse.  They are original to when we moved into our apartment, and were some of the first succulent transplants we did to start our back garden.  Fast growing … Continue reading

Box of Succulents

April 1, 2010 by Megan | 9 Comments

We’ve had this cute box just sitting around empty. Matti drilled some holes in the bottom; I threw down some screen and dirt. Then, I shoved the assortment of succulents I had sitting around and put some top dressing on (Matti hates that term) to make it look pretty. It was really grey, so I stuck some sedum rubrotinctum in to add some color.

Box O'Succulents

Thank you Sunborne for providing me with cheap succulents I can play around with. Maybe next time I’ll actually plan it out ahead of time.

Bonus backyard pic:

The yard is slowly going away.