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Loving Living Green Design

June 24, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 1 Comment

Vertical coolness

A couple days ago I took Zoe out in her plastic red car for a ride around the neighborhood that included a stop at Living Green Design. There are a bunch of crazy showrooms in one place with tons of cool things to look at. If you’re in the neighborhood definitely check it out. Next time I’ll bust out the good camera when I walk over. It’s ridiculously close to the new SF place.

Barnacle bowl of craziness


Sunset Celebration garden tucked away


Moving Back to SF!

May 25, 2014 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

Our new neighbor

We signed a lease and are moving back to San Francisco in mid-June! I never thought we’d be able to move back since it’s nearly impossible to find anyone who will rent to a dog family at a somewhat reasonable price (it is the Bay Area), but we did! We’ve completely ditched the commute costs and time suck, and will be living one block away from Flora Grubb Gardens. Garden wise it’s a blank slate, with a big thumbs up from the landlord to go garden crazy. Here are a few more shots I took the last time I was there for a visit:

Wall of awesome

Zoe in the jungle

Container craziness

We’re really excited to be moving back!

Fisherman’s Wharf Flowers

November 24, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 4 Comments

Look over there! Flowers! From probably two months ago… we haven’t been the best at uploading pics in a timely manner and blogging in recent years. I do make real life Shutterfly books of Zoe’s adventures, but I feel bad about the whole not blogging much anymore. Some time back in August/September I took the ferry over to SF on a lovely sunny day and took some pictures. Love the orange Zinnias.

Succulent crab was looking pretty happy.

The dahlias were already starting to mildew out, but looked awesome anyways.


After wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf I headed up some insane steps towards Telegraph Hill and got this nice pic. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a little more these days now that we’re settling in a bit. Here’s a link to an earlier Fisherman Wharf flower posts (they do an awesome job).

Sunny San Francisco

March 14, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 2 Comments

We flew in over the city

Flying with an almost six month old was nerve-racking, but Zoe was great. No crying and lots of sleeping. Ripping up and trying to eat the Skymall magazine provided lots of entertainment. Our flight to SF arrived 30 minutes EARLY and we flew in down the coast over Marin and then over the city. Our old apartment is pretty much below the plane in this pic. The golden gate bridge is peeking out at the top of the pic. To top it off our luggage popped out in less than five minutes.

Flora’s Edsel

Our first stop was Flora Grubb Gardens, which is looking amazing as always. Did you know that the Edsel was in this spot before Flora?

Bro poles

Love the new vertical bromeliad hangout. Matti needs to build us a plant pole for our new epiphyte collection when we move back.

Java Beach

Before we hit the road for Pacific Grove we stopped at Java Beach for our favorite sandwich. We left our big camera at home, so we only have phone pics. We’re both still instagraming like crazy at faroutmegan & fofmatti

California Here We Come

March 11, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 16 Comments

It’s true! We’re moving back to California. You may have noticed we’ve recently been facebooking and instagraming pics from California. We were back in San Francisco with a little side trip down to Monterey & Big Sur, but will be making the official move back from Wisconsin as soon as our lease is up at the end of May.

Since we moved Matti has been working for Flora Grubb Gardens remotely from the frozen tundra doing reporting things that require spreadsheets and other things I don’t understand, but will increase these geeky things in the SF office. I’ll be taking care of the web shop action and have exciting plans for expanding the awesomeness on that front.

Let us know if you just happen to have a spare two bedroom house, in-law or apartment in need of a great garden, that’s available around June and dog friendly. We loved living in Outer Sunset and would happily move back, but are open to many options. We can’t wait to be back!

Here are a few pics from the trip:

Matti next to the Bixby Bridge

Big Sur Spirit Garden

SF Botanical Garden Aloe flower fest

We’re sorry if we missed hanging out with you while we were back. Matti worked a good chunk of the time in SF and I did something unfortunate to my foot that made getting around pretty painful. Combined with a good dose of extreme sleep deprivation, I spent the last part of the trip sitting on a couch in a zombie like state watching trashy tv… Here’s a link to more pics we took on the trip.