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Oakland Gardens Part II (Floradoraland)

October 29, 2013 by Megan | 2 Comments

Aloe marlothii looking huge

Matti and I walked over to Floradora’s former house to check out her super rad garden from the past. I pretty much freaked when I saw this Aloe marlothii while walking Zoe and Max earlier. It’s only two or three blocks away. Kelly (Floradora) immediately identified this guy via instagram as her old place and plant. It looked kind of big in my instagram pic of it, and a little more big above… but check out the pic below.

It’s HUGE!

It’s so crazy huge someone needs to stand next to it to see how crazy huge it really is. Kelly brought this home as a wee little four incher from Annie’s many a years ago, kept it inside for a bit and then let it go all awesome in front of her house.

Salvia canariensis var. candissima

I was excited to see a full grown Salvia canariensis var. candissima looking happy. We planted one back in July that’s looking good.

Fig, Cussonia and friends

Euphorbia & friends

Agave attenuata & friends

p.s. Check out this link for tons of sweet blog posts from the 2013 SF Garden Bloggers Fling that Kelly put together. They went to all the cool garden spots in the Bay Area.

All kinds of awesome crazy

This garden is only a block away or so. I think it might be one of Floradora’s designs, but I’m not sure.  Love all that hot pink and silver action.

Looking back

Here’s another fantastic garden next to the previous that I think Floradora may have designed. I have to admit that there are many crappy front gardens in our parts, but there are a few good ones sprinkled around. Check out this link if you missed out on part one of the neighborhood tour.

Garden for the Soul

August 2, 2013 by Megan | 5 Comments

Wonderful waterfall

Two weekends ago we took a little break from unpacking our stuff (yeah, it took over three weeks to get our crap) and headed over to garden designer Raul Zumba’s fabulous Garden for the Soul, part of The Garden Conservatory’s Open Days program. I can’t find a website for him, so let me know if there’s one out there I’m missing.

Stairway to Everywhere

Here’s the little blurb from the Garden Conservatory: “Step into Raul Zumba’s garden and you will immediately forget the stresses of daily life. As you explore the garden’s labyrinth of paths you will notice the experimentation with unorthodox plant combinations, colors, and textures. You will also notice that the garden is composed of many elements, some related to gardening, but most stemming from both traditional and nontraditional art. And, like all living things, the garden evolves and changes, currently emphasizing plants that attract wildlife and create a sense of magic. The result of a visit to Raul Zumba’s garden is a feast for the senses and enchantment for the soul.”

Sexy sculpture

It’s pretty insane.

Playing under the Fuchsia boliviana ‘Alba’

Zoe approved the of the mass plantings of Fuchsia boliviana ‘Alba’.

Flying around the garden

Kale and friends

Cool container

Floweryland with a big sphere

Practice walking

Zoe had tons of fun practice walking. Big thanks to Raul for sharing his wonderful garden!

The Gardens at Lake Merritt

July 11, 2013 by Megan | 4 Comments

The Garden at Lake Merritt

This weekend we headed over to Lake Merritt to check out Fairyland with Zoe. We got there too late, so we ended up visiting the fantastic gardens instead. The Gardens at Lake Merritt include seven acres of gardeny goodness including a bunch of fun themes and it’s totally free! We were too late to get in to the bonsai garden, so we’ll have to go back and check it out soon.

Oh yeah, we’re back in California. We found a cute house to rent in Oakland. What’s up with all the sun and warm weather in these parts? I love it! It would be tough to go back to windy, foggy, beach land. Anyways… here are some shots from our recent visit:

Succulent fun

Loving all the different colors and textures happening.

Is this some sort of Cassia?

Flowery happieness

Asclepias physocarpa

How can you not smile when you see the “Family Jewels” plant?

Veggieland

Artichokes

I think there’s going to be quite a bit more blog action these days. Pretty soon I’ll dust off the good old DSLR again. These iphone pics aren’t the most magical.