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Aloe arborescens = Awesome

January 23, 2015 by Megan Speckmann | 0 comments

The succulent garden at the SF Botanical Garden

It’s that magical time of the year when all the giant clumps of Aloe arborescens are full of flowers. Go to the SF Botanical Garden now to see all this awesomeness.

Cool coral Aloe arborenscens

I’ve always liked the corally colored guy in the upper succulent garden. The entire garden is looking pretty great right now.

Zoe Aloe

You may not know this, but we gave our child the middle name Aloe. Check out this link for more posts about aloes. We like them a lot.  Here are a few more reasons you should get over to the garden for the aloe fun fest:

More succulenty Aloe goodness

More crazy blooms

Boogie faced Zoe Aloe

Zoe turned 2 in September and is very silly.

Glass Pumpkin Garden

October 30, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 11 Comments

Last weekend we hit up Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond for their annual Glass Pumpkin Patch sale. Back before we had ever moved to California I worked for a catalog/website in Wisconsin called The Artful Home that features artists from North America. It was through them that I met Molly Stone via email and phone (their beautiful pumpkins are always on the fall catalog cover). When we moved to San Francisco six years ago I worked as a greeter at one their sales and went home with two plastic bags full of succulent cuttings. I had no idea what any of them were at the time, but that’s how our original SF succulent garden started.

Zoe had tons of fun playing in the gravel and watching the glass blowers.

I think this is Aristolochia elegans, but I’m not 100% sure. Whatever type it is, it’s super cool.

Be sure to follow them on facebook to find out when the next sale is.

Gardens by Gabriel, Central Coast Gardening God

March 12, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 13 Comments

On the way to Wisconsin: Megan, Kaveh, Gabriel & Matti

Back in late April 2012 we were hanging out on the Central Coast checking out some of the coolest succulent gardens around with Gabriel (Gardens by Gabriel) & Kaveh (Plant Propaganda) on our way back to Wisconsin. We took tons of pics, but haven’t blogged much about our trip back to dairyland. It was too sad for me to look at all the plants I thought I’d never be able to grow again. Now that we’re moving back it’s fun to look at all our pics of plants again.  Big thanks to Kaveh for hooking us up with Gabriel’s totally rad gardens! We’ll be definitely be down for a visit once we’re back. *Not all gardens pictured below are Gabriel’s. The first two are Nick Wilkinson owner of Grow Nursery in Cambria. You guys are both gardening gods!

Beach succulents

I think those octopus like aloes are Aloe vanbalenii, but I’m not sure. I am really, really sure I want one. Here are a few more of my favorite pics from the tour below, but you can check them all out on flickr here.

Dudleya fun

Saturday Succulent Rearranging

September 4, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 13 Comments

Before the mass rip out

Yesterday I decided to go nuts on our Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga (I think that’s what it is). In the shot above I’d already cut out as much plant as you see remaining. I’ve always liked it, but we needed to make room for some cool new plants so I ripped the entire plant out. That whole region was getting a bit funkified anyways.

Here I am looking like a big dork

For the relatively small space I re-did it took me forever. I do not recommend squatting in a hunched down position like that for hours if you want to wake up the next day without some serious leg/back soreness.

Ready to get put back together

We had a big chunk of driftwood hanging around not doing anything, so I decided to use it as a little edger in the front.


Six hours later it’ was done (I took a lot of breaks). I still have no idea what that other slightly bluer Cotyledon is hanging out behind the Coreopsis gigantea is. Behind and slightly to the left of the bowling pin is our brand new Aeonium nobile from Jenn at Dirty Girl Gardening. Matti brought home a couple freaky crested things including the Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ and Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ that are jammed in there as well. Click on the pic for a closer look.

Ruth Bancroft Garden Rocks

June 22, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 16 Comments

Scopelogena verruculata I love you!

This past Sunday afternoon we decided to get some heat, and headed over to The Ruth Bancroft Garden. It was 92 degrees. A little shocking when an hour earlier it was 60 degrees and foggy at the house. I blame the heat on our laziness about taking pictures of ID tags. I got Scopelogena verruculata only because I really want it.  Apparently it has fragrant yellow flowers in Spring. We went nuts and took tons of pictures. They’re all here on flickr, but these are a few faves from the bunch.

Echinocactus grusonii "Barrel Cactus"

Echinocactus grusonii "Barrel Cactus"

Matti and the giant Agave

Aeonium fun