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  • Wild Beach Lupine

    We spotted some Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) on the sand dunes along the southern part of Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Blue Bush Lupine – Lupinus arboreus Above you can see the Blue Bush Lupine in the middle, some wild Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) with smooth glossy green leaves just below, and to the […]

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  • Mr Happy

    Our great friends, Pat and Bob who live over in Point Richmond (East Bay), sent us some cool pics of their Mr. Happy.  What is a Mr Happy?  It’s am enormous Echium hybrid that shoot put a crazy high tower of blooms. Mr Happy – Echium hybrid Nice composition too complete with Artichoke in the […]

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  • My Sword is Flaming

    Flaming Sword – Vriesea splendens I bought this Flaming Sword (Vriesea splendens) at a plant garage sale for $5.00 about a year and a half ago or so. It didn’t have a sword when I got it. Last year around May it shot off a sword. I blogged about it, back when we only blogged […]

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  • May Bloom Day

    String of Pearls – Senecio rowleyanus Echeveria ‘Lola’ Aeonium freakout Gazania Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ Porcupine Tomato – Solanum pyracanthum Corkscrew Rush – Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’ Nothing too flashy this month. It’s hard to not keep taking pictures of the stuff that blooms forever. Happy Bloom Day! Check other Bloom Day blogs posts at May […]

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  • Shake n Take

    We took some photos of our front planting bed.  There are a bunch of Aeoniums with a few jade, Sedum and Senecio jammed in there. Front planting bed. There were taken with the Hipstamatic.  There is a cool feature where you can shake the camera to randomize the film type and camera lens.  These turned […]

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  • Wild about Yellow Lupine

    Great weekend outing at Fort Funston. Max our border collie gets to play, and we get to check out the wildflowers.  We were excited to come across this Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus). We often see blue Lupine at Fort Funston, but this yellow one was bonus. Lupinus arboreus – Yellow Bush Lupine Here is […]

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  • Gardening on the Rock

    This past November my aunt, uncle and cousin came out for a Thanksgiving visit to the Bay Area. My cousin Andrea really wanted to check out Alcatraz, so we went. The night before we watched a bunch of DVR’ed Alcatraz documentaries to get excited. Alcatraz is awesome and so are the gardens. Aeonium spp. In […]

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  • Awesome Agave parryi

    This Agave parryi was perched high and proud.  Gorgeous specimen. Agave parryi Another view. Agave parryi looking out over the countryside. Share the love: Facebook Email StumbleUpon Digg Categories: gardening | Tags: agave, agave parryi, Bay Area, decadent garden, evergreen perennial, SF, spiky plants, succulent specimen, succulents, thorny succulents | Permalink

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  • Plant ID Faves: Banksia, Sun Rose, Rockrose

    It’s hard to believe we only have two more Plant ID classes left until the final.  These were our faves for the week: Cistus X purpureus – Orchid Rockrose I like the rockroses. They seem pretty drought and heat tolerant. This one does great on the coast too. Helianthemum nummularium – Sun Rose Love these […]