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  • Oh My Orchid Exposition!

    If you’re in the Bay Area and looking for something to do this Sunday, go check out the Pacific Orchid Exposition at Fort Mason.  It’s still happening today from 10-5PM, Feb 28. This year’s theme is Carnaval. It’s pretty crazy.  We’ve never seen so many crazy orchids in one place before. Gigantic Room of Orchids […]

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  • Staghorn Saturday

    Staghorn fern, mounted on the garden fence. Megan was able to get home Thursday before the sun set on the garden and took some photos of our latest mounted Staghorn fern, also known as an Elkhorn fern.  Though this Staghorn did not have the botanical name with it, I believe it is a Platycerium bifurcatum.  […]

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  • Simply Senecio

    Operation Herreanus Hunt – complete! Senecio herreanus, located and documented. For months now, I have been keeping an open eye for this amazing succulent, Senecio herreanus.  The hunt ended 8 day ago while attending the SF Succulent & Cactus Society (SFSCS) meeting. SFSCS features a different Guest Grower each month.  They typically sell hard to […]

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  • Plant ID Week Four Fun

    Saturday’s Plant ID class at Strybing was cold and cloudy (not the best picture taking weather). Here are some of our favorites: Rhododendron ‘John McLaren’ While I’m not dying to have a Rhododendron in my personal collection o’plants, I do enjoy a nice blooming one. This sweet one is named after the builder of Golden […]

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  • Gnarly Trees of SF

    Have you ever visited San Francisco and noticed there were there are a bunch of trees which look like a pruning experiment that went bad? Pollarded London Plane on a moody, foggy morning in SF. You probably saw one of our many pollarded trees that inhabit nearly every public gathering area. Pollarding has been around […]

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  • Edible Excitement

    About a month ago I ordered a bunch of veggie seeds from Bountiful Gardens out of Willits, about two and half hours north of San Francisco.  They’ve been sitting around collecting dust. After Plant ID class on Saturday our friend Johanna gave us a copy of Sunset’s new Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete […]

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  • 10 Violas Contained

    On Feb 4, I took the day off to tag along with Megan, Plant Market Day Trip.  Part of that day, we put together 10 Viola cvv terracotta container pots which were destined for a house staging over in the Twin Peaks Neighborhood.  Since I was off the clock, I snapped some photos of our […]

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  • Society Week

    It was a week full of plant society meetings. On Tuesday night we went to the SF Cacti and Succulent Society meeting. Stephen McCabe, Director of Education and Curator of Succulents at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, spoke about Dudleyas. We just bought a cool new Dudleya farinosa ‘Bluff Lettuce’ at Annie’s a couple weeks […]

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  • B n A Succulent Container

    Reason #47 Why We Love Gardening:  Before and After.  If you think a plant container looks good now…wait a couple weeks…chances are it will look even better. Succulent Container planted July 2009 We came across an old photo of this container full of succulents that we planted six months ago.  What we are looking at […]