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Super SF Botanical Garden

March 23, 2013 by Megan | 6 Comments

Puya alpestris

We couldn’t miss out on the SF Botanical Garden when we were back in town for a visit. I think the Puya alpestris pictured above is blooming right now, so you should go check it out. Check out our blog about the Puya insanity at SFBG last year.

Zoe & the Kniphofias

Zoe loves traveling around in the Ergo. It’s pretty amazing to be able to nurse and walk around looking at plants without anything hanging out.

Aloe busting out of a rock wall

Aloe plicatilis

The CA Native section was starting to get all flowery.

Lachenalia

Puya Alert! Puya Alert!

April 23, 2012 by Megan | 12 Comments

Puya chilensis

Freaky Bromeliad alert! On Friday I went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden for what may have been the last time while living here in SF. I must have spent at least four hours walking around visiting all my favorite plants. While wandering around the CA Native section back by the greenhouses I ran in to Derek of Plantgasm finishing up his propagation volunteer time. I had seen these crazy Puyas getting ready to bloom maybe a month ago, so we headed over to see what was going on and check out succulent land one last time.

Puya chilensis I think

I couldn’t find a sign, so I’m guessing this is Puya chilensis. Anyone know for sure?

 

Puya alpestris

Puya alpestris is still blooming. It looks like the Puya venusta should be doing its thing in a couple weeks, too.

 

Matti and the Puya

I took this pic back on March 18th and the bloom pictured is now shot. The bud to the right is blooming right now.

The Succulent Garden

I hate to get all mushy and stuff, but the San Francisco Botanical Garden is where we received the majority of our plant education. Nearly three years ago Matti and I enrolled in Plant Identification class at City College with Malcolm Hillan, it changed our lives. We spent two semesters of Saturdays at the botanical garden from 9 to 1, learning anywhere from 12-15 plants per class. We had to learn it all including family name, genus, species, origin, zone, sun, water, and spelling counted on quizzes and tests. Matti and I were both pretty freaked out after the first class when we could barely remember all the details for our first plant California native, Platanus racemosa and knew we had 149 more plants to go. Thanks Malcolm and our favorite classmates Rene and Johanna for making it so much fun!

p.s. the CA Native section is going off right now, too!

Sweet New Blog + Strybing

May 21, 2011 by Megan | 10 Comments

Passiflora membranacea

Welcome to the very first blog post on our shiny (maybe a little bit crazy) brand new blog URL! Everything has been moved over to faroutflora.com, hurray! I’m still going to be poking at it over the next couple of weeks, but nothing drastic should change.  Don’t worry we’re not going to go crazy with unabandoned free to do whatever we want web hosting power. Oh yeah, update your links and all that good stuff. Last week I did a quick run around at SF Botanical Garden with the camera. My favorite Passionflower on the entire planet is starting to do its thing. Enjoy the Strybing pics and the sweet new site!

Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia'

Streptosolen jamesonii

Puya alpestris

Dianthus barbatus 'Holborn Glory'

Anigozanthos 'Regal Claw'

Fremontodendron californicum