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  • Bluff Lettuce Blooming

    Megan has the eyes of an eagle.  Driving to down Skyline Highway to Fort Funston, she was able to spot a bunch of Bluff Lettuce (Dudleya species) in bloom. Bluff Lettuce – Dudleya species Fort Funston is one of the coolest dog parks in San Francisco, running along the Pacific Ocean.  This Dudleya above was […]

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  • DIY Staghorn Workshop

    The DIY Mounted Staghorn Ferns workshop is taking off.  We had a full crew last class, and I was taken back how creative people can be. Staghorn madness. Staghorn Fern wall Art.  That bottom right one is a demo I made a couple months ago, the rest are just a sample of some of the […]

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  • Mattress Vine Massacre

    Early spring 2009 we battled this invasive pest and ripped everything out we could get our hands on.  We estimated it ate up about 1/5 of our backyard.  Man, you really should check out the first phase of eliminating this massive beast. Mattress Vine – Muehlenbeckia complexa The last challenge was the entire vine that […]

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  • Some More Sunnyside Stuff

    Suculents in Sunnyside After our visit to Sunnyside Conservatory last week, we kept walking up the back stairway through more gardens and around the neighborhood. Hurray for lots of succulents! It’s hard not to run in to succulents in SF. Euphorbia and friends It looks like the Euphorbia and the poppy are one freaky plant […]

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  • August Bloom Day

    Sedum freak out It’s the 15th, which means it’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. We have mass quantities of this white blooming sedum album. I constantly chuck this in the compost bin, so if anyone wants some just let us know. Senecio kleiniiformis This guy went crazy and I had to divide it last month. The […]

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  • Totally Terrariums

    DIY Glass Jar Terrariums was packed, and everybody had fun putting together these miniature landscapes. Damsel waiting her mate. I was impressed with the ideas that came out of the terrarium workshop such as this maiden in the woods…or larger than life succulents. Sleepy deer. Most of these are put together using Sedum, baby tears, […]

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  • Sunnyside Conservatory Succulents

    Out front Last weekend we stopped at succulent filled Sunnyside Conservatory on Monterey Boulevard to check out the garden.  I never realized there was a Conservatory there until Chuck B. at My Back 40 blogged about it a few months back. I’d been admiring the cool median strip full of aeoniums, euphorbia and phormium for […]

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  • Sunset Succulent Street

    Succulent lawn On our way home from the unsuccessful quest for sun this weekend, we cruised down the Great Highway frontage road to take some pictures of succulent beach gardens. Growing succulents in the sandy Outer Sunset soil is easy. They love it out here. All of these garden pics were taken within a mile […]

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  • Balmy Alley Mural Magic

    In another effort to find sun we headed to the Balmy Alley murals off of 24th Street in the Mission. No sun, but the murals were really cool. Some even date back to the mid-eighties. It’s one of our favorite mural alleys in town. If you’re in to murals be sure to check out Clarion […]