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  • Water Pollution Plants

    Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant After stopping at Flora Grubb on Sunday, we walked over to the corner of Jerrold and Phelps to take a look at the SE Water Pollution Control Plant garden. From what we could gather Flora hooked up the city with drought tolerant plants about two and half years ago or […]

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  • DIY Soil Type Testing

    We always knew our soil was sandy…but just how sandy is our dirt?  Here’s a quick DIY soil type test we learned in our UCCE Master Gardeners Training. Scrounge around your house for a large glass jar with a lid and straight sides, tablespoon, calculator, clothes washing detergent (powder is best), and get a soil […]

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  • Wonders of the Wollemi

    Wollemia nobilis While visiting the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, we were really excited to check out the Wollemi Pine. We love pretty much any tree in the Araucariaceae family, but this guy is extremely rare. It was first discovered in 1994 near Sydney, Australia in the Blue Mountains. Matti getting excited We had never even […]

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  • South Africa in Berkeley

    Is this place for real? After three years of living in San Francisco, we finally visited UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden. I’m extremely embarrassed it took us so long go. We even had free passes, so there really is no excuse. It’s fabulous!  I took TONS of pictures. Today I’m posting pics from the South African […]

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  • A Squirrel Ate My Paper

    Did you hear about the one where the mischievous squirrel stole Matti’s notes? Ahhhh, yeah…  I wrote down all the names of these cool plants on a sheet of paper like a good student…  and ahhhhh….this little vermin at the SF Botanical Gardens came right up to me and took it.  Yeah, that’s it! NOID […]

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  • Succulent Corner Makeover

    You should have seen our faces when we saw Max, the border collie, and our next door neighbor’s dog having a grand old time rough housing in our succulent corner of the lawn.  Well, after biting my lip…we decided to rebuild. Succulent Experiment Redone Turned out that our neighbor found a cool pad downtown..thus no […]

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  • Whale On The Beach

    We’re going very off topic today. No pretty plant pictures. Monday morning beach walkers discovered a 50 foot whale washed up on Ocean Beach between Kirkham and Lawton. It’s about a ten minute walk from our house, so we checked it out. This is the second dead whale to turn up in the Bay Area […]

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  • Olea yodapaea

    Megan took me to this special courtyard in the Presidio.  OMG, look at that Olea europaea with the Festuca ovina var. glauca (Common Olive Tree & Blue Fescue)! Common Olive – Olea europaea (not really yodapaea) LOL.  I heard about the Yoda Fountain shortly after moving to San Francisco, but never was able to pin […]