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  • Freaking Huge Philodendron

    Huge trunk Thursday night the SF Bromeliad Society held its meeting at the Conservatory of Flowers. We had the whole place to ourselves, and even got to check out the back greenhouses which aren’t available to the general public. This is Phill’s trunk.  Phill is an old Imperial Philodendron (Philodendron speciosum) that’s been at the […]

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  • Gardening on La Playa

    New spot for the bench How huge is my box of succulents?!?! I figured it was about time to post some pictures of back yard (we live on La Playa Street,  Outer Sunset, SF). Check out my post way back on April 1st, when I first planted the succulent box. There’s a picture of that […]

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  • We heart Succulent Gardens

    Wall of Happiness Last week we drove a friend down to a conference in Asilomar (near Monterey). We stopped off at Succulent Gardens in Castroville for a plant drool fest on the way down.  It’s pretty much the coolest nursery around. Our first visit was back in early April. We blogged about it and their […]

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  • Happy June Bloom Day!

    Hurray for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! We’ve got some good stuff blooming right now. Monkey Flower (Mimulus) I had some Mimulus back in Wisconsin. I remember it being a pain in the neck to deadhead. It still is… Asiatic lilies Our back neighbors gave us this  lily. It was a half dead Trader Joe’s plant, […]

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  • Sunset Succulents and Sale

    Agave parrasana Don’t miss out on the SF Succulent and Cacti Society sale this weekend. It’s happening at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park this Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th, from 9AM – 5PM. The SF Bromeliad Society will be there selling cool plants too! We’ve heard that this is the […]

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  • Cerinthe Seed Germination Experiment

    I have been testing whether or not it is necessary to soak Cerinthe seeds to help them germinate.  All the literature says yes.  I am in week 10 of my experiment using Cerinthe ‘Pride of Gibraltar’ (Cerinthe major atropurpurea) and turns out…soaked seeds did about 100% better. Cerinthe ‘Pride of Gibraltar’ – Cerinthe major atropurpurea […]

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  • SuccuLOmatic

    In honor to Wordless Wednesday’s…Happy SuccuLOmatic! Succulents in our front planter. These aeonium species are a work horse.  They are original to when we moved into our apartment, and were some of the first succulent transplants we did to start our back garden.  Fast growing and rugged.  We love them. Succulents in our front planter. […]

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  • Bodacious Bromeliads

    Itty Bitty Pineapple The Conservatory of Flowers has an awesome collection of bromeliads in all shapes and sizes. We checked out Chomp 2 a couple weeks ago. This pineapple is just too darn cute. Bromeliads are native to South America. They have many unique adaptations to survive tough environments. Bowl of bros All bromeliads have […]