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  • Succulicious

    Succulent Corner Experiment You wouldn’t know it today, but it was gorgeous about 2 weeks ago when we were re-tooling the back garden…SF has a 30% chance of snow tonight.  Hey, the succulent corner experiment is coming along.  Historically, this was the last part of the lawn to come back from summer drought death, so […]

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  • Huntington’s Desert Garden

    The Huntington Botanical Gardens’ Desert Garden. Let’s start out that The Huntington Botanical Garden is ginormous…the Desert Garden alone is 10 acres.  It’s taken awhile to digest our visit over the New Year’s road trip.  That said, let’s look at some awesome succulents. Dudleya anomala ‘Siempreviva’. There were several storms that hit LA before our […]

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  • Splendid Strybing

    Bomarea sp. It’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything from the SF Botanical Garden. Last week at my docent training class I heard that folks who don’t think there should be a fee to visit the garden call it “Strybing”, and those that do call it “San Francisco Botanical Garden”. I’d never heard this before, […]

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  • California Natives

    Before We will never be true California natives, but we’ve been working on getting the backyard more in touch with its endemic friends recently. For about a month or two I envisioned turning the middle yard in to some sort of Urban Homestead (couldn’t resist, click here for the trademark drama), but then rats ate […]

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  • February Bloom Day

    Cerinthe retorta It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens.  I just can’t get enough of this Cerinthe retorta.  It started blooming about October and never has looked back.  I think we are going to need to figure out how/when to collect the seeds for this guy. Primula auricula ‘Angelo Hayes’ This Primula […]

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  • South Africa in Santa Cruz

    Mimetes cucullates A little bit ago I blogged about the crazy Australian plants at UC-Santa Cruz’s Arboretum. Now it’s time for the South Africa section. This guy above is a super crazy rare. According to tests, they only have a 4-5% germination rate. Check out plantzafrica.com for more info, and Annie’s if you want to […]

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  • Birthday Booty

    I typically don’t ask for much on my birthday, but this year I made one special request…to take the day off and immerse myself at Annie’s Annuals, aka rare plant central. Othonna capensis ‘Little Pickles’ After wandering the grounds for hours, I narrowed down my birthday loot to these couple of plants.  After getting home, […]

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  • DIY Succulent Table

    Matti’s Succulent Table Mission DIY succulent table complete.  I’ve wanted to make this baby for months.  It’s a dissected old shipping crate and some other random scraps of wood lying around the house turned into a patio side table with a planting strip down the middle. Old shipping crate deconstructed. The next couple of pics […]