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  • Indiemart Succulent Sunday

    We are all for sale If you live in the Bay Area, you should come on out to Indiemart today from 12-6PM (Sunday, Sept 19th). We’ll be selling some funky succulent containers pictured above (taken with the brand new HipstaPak ‘the Mission’). There are a ton of cool vendors, live music, tasty adult beverages and […]

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  • Fabric and Flowers

    Cross Street Pasture September 18th is a day that I never forget. Eleven years ago my mom (Doreen Speckmann) died suddenly in Killarney, Ireland. She was a professional quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, author, fabric designer, tour leader, garden lover, and all around hilarious amazing person.  Cross Street Pasture is my favorite quilt she ever made. The […]

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  • Highway Hottentot to Hell

    You can tell that fall is just around the corner when the Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis) starts to turn a deep scarlet red…and so continues my love/ hate relationship with this devilish succulent. Hottentot Fig – Carpobrotus edulis Up and down the California coast you will find the Hottentot Fig, aka Ice Plant, growing along […]

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  • September Bloom Day

    It’s hard to believe Bloom Day is already here. At first I didn’t think we had much in bloom. I was wrong. Be sure to check out May Dreams Garden’s Bloom Day site to see what’s blooming around the world. Grevillea lanigera ‘Coastal Gem’ I love the freaky flowers covering this guy. A couple of […]

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  • What? 90 days for Lettuce

    Finally…the lettuce is ready to eat! Lettuce Bowl Geez, it has taken forever.  I started these seeds 12 weeks ago, June 15th.  Those tiny lettuce seeds are too small for my (Matti’s) big hand and I sowed them way to close together.  Oops. I did thin them out mid July, but should have been more […]

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  • Seriously Succulent

    We really like to squish our plants in. On Sunday we “detailed” the succulents. We pulled out the stuff we have a tons of (aka…all the Sedum album) to make room for the better stuff.  I divided up some of the cool plants that are now getting big….then used the grab and shove planting technique.  […]

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  • Bat Faced Cuphea

    Holy haberdashery, Batman! It’s a colony of bats swarming Golden Gate Park. Cuphea ‘Minnie Mouse’ Seriously, how cute are these flowers on this new Cuphea species, Cuphea ‘Minnie Mouse’?  Here’s the perennial in full view.  Cuphea grows well in San Francisco up to 3 foot tall and wide.   Besides Bat Face,  I’ve seen other common […]

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  • Rockin’ Rock Garden

    Euphorbia nicaeensis Tuesday is Master Gardener training day, which means we head to the County Fair building just outside of SF Botanical Gardens for an awesome day of class. We saw an aphid giving birth via microscope!  We’ll be posting about all the cool and not-so-cool insects we learned about soon.  If there’s an Euphorbia […]

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  • Transfixed on Totara Pine

    Usually when I am over come by a plant…it typically tends to be something in flower giving me that wow factor.  Well, it is rare that a tree would knock me down…but this one did, Totara Pine (Podocarpus totara). Totara Pine – Podocarpus totara Totara Pine is a New Zealand native with flat needle like […]

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  • Brugmansia: Friend or Foe?

    I was in the back garden yesterday and I hear a voice over the fence.  It was our neighbor pointing at his Brugmansia and that he heard that it may be poisonous. Well, it can be if ingested and painful if it gets in your eye. Brugmansia insignis ‘Jean Pasko’ I did some research and […]