Far Out Flora http://faroutflora.com Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:13:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://i1.wp.com/faroutflora.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/thumbnail.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Far Out Flora http://faroutflora.com 32 32 23309644 Super Sage: Salvia iodantha http://faroutflora.com/2016/11/18/super-sage-salvia-iodantha/ http://faroutflora.com/2016/11/18/super-sage-salvia-iodantha/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:17:34 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=933 When we moved back to California after a year in Wisconsin, I added Salvias to the list of plants I collect. Pelargoniums, Euphorbias, Fuchsias and Sansevierias are all on the list. If you want hummingbirds to fight over your garden all winter long Salvia iodantha is it. It’s also on my top 5 favorite plants […]

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When we moved back to California after a year in Wisconsin, I added Salvias to the list of plants I collect. Pelargoniums, Euphorbias, Fuchsias and Sansevierias are all on the list. If you want hummingbirds to fight over your garden all winter long Salvia iodantha is it. It’s also on my top 5 favorite plants growing in the backyard right now list.

It’s hard to believe this little strip of dirt was completely empty a little over two years ago. I planted the now ginormous S. iodantha from a wee 4″ pot.

All winter long it pops out these awesome hot pink blooms. The hummingbird loves it so much, he doesn’t even care when I walk up to him.

It’s a sprawler, but our neighbor’s fig tree has gotten big enough to act as a support for it. I’ve been able to easily root it by cuttings if anyone nearby wants some.

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Best Indoor Succulents http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/28/best-indoor-succulents/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:43:48 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=922 I’m not one to usually post other people’s stuff, but when Uncommon Goods asked me if I’d post their indoor succulent infographic I checked it out and it’s legit. I’ve also been a huge fan of Uncommon Goods and their cool stuff for many years. Above is a little view of my strange indoor collection […]

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I’m not one to usually post other people’s stuff, but when Uncommon Goods asked me if I’d post their indoor succulent infographic I checked it out and it’s legit. I’ve also been a huge fan of Uncommon Goods and their cool stuff for many years. Above is a little view of my strange indoor collection that sits on our sunny kitchen windowsill. The Adromischus in middle has been with us since we lived in Outer Sunset. I think we picked it up at a Succulent Society meeting.

Best Indoor Succulents For Your Home
Best Indoor Succulents For Your Home

Here’s another shot of my weird indoor plants. The Euphorbia in the chicken has also been with us since our Sunset days. We smuggled a few small houseplants in and out of the California when we moved back to Wisconsin. This guy survived in an unopened box for a month.

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Melianthus and Friends http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/21/melianthus-and-friends/ http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/21/melianthus-and-friends/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:10:55 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=871 We got to start our garden from scratch at our Bayview rental, so I went a little crazier with plants that get big fast. Our neighbor’s yards are not as nice as ours (that’s being very kind), so blocking out all bits of their yards is the end goal. Planting the Melianthus next to the […]

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We got to start our garden from scratch at our Bayview rental, so I went a little crazier with plants that get big fast. Our neighbor’s yards are not as nice as ours (that’s being very kind), so blocking out all bits of their yards is the end goal. Planting the Melianthus next to the stairs may not have been a great choice but I still love it, whiteflies and all. I do wish I could have gotten my hands on the ‘Purple Haze’ version…

Here’s another view that shows what a lame spot I chose, but I’m not afraid to hack at it. It’s fun to chop off the leaves covered with sooty mold caused by the nasty whiteflies, too. Do you see Max?

Zinnias and Epilobium keep all the birds, butterflies and bees happy.

This corner scares me a little bit. It needs a good hacking, but I’m going to wait another month or two. I’m surprised the Leucadendron is still hanging in there, it seems to attract some sort of caterpillar that chews up the buds. I read that they don’t like to be crowded, so we’ll see. I have a thing for Pelargoniums in all shapes and sizes. Check out the crazy curly leaves on the one in the pot. I can spend hours on the Geraniaceae website ogling them. Many in my collection have come from Robin. They’re also really easy to propagate from cuttings.

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Succulents in the Gutter http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/20/succulents-in-the-gutter/ http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/20/succulents-in-the-gutter/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:50:49 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=867 A few months back I begged Matti to build me gutter gardens, so I could produce mass quantities of strawberries, lettuce and other edibles. As soon as summer (the rain free time here SF) arrived I got sick of watering it, ripped everything out and planted succulents. I could have set up irrigation… we have […]

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A few months back I begged Matti to build me gutter gardens, so I could produce mass quantities of strawberries, lettuce and other edibles. As soon as summer (the rain free time here SF) arrived I got sick of watering it, ripped everything out and planted succulents. I could have set up irrigation… we have a line near the gutters, but I had recently ripped apart a couple of containers and had a bunch of homeless succulents laying around.

It’s going to be interesting to see how they all do as the back fence doesn’t get much sun in the winter. I think most everything should be fine.

We picked up the stainless steel gutters for $6 a piece at Home Depot. I prefer the Lowes less than a mile from our house, but they only had vinyl gutters. I probably would have spaced them a little closer together to squeeze one more in if succulents were the original plan and not lettuce.

Matti punched holes in the bottoms every 18 inches or so. We used a succulent mix to aid in good drainage, too. It probably won’t need watering again until spring, but I always check the bottom gutter to make sure it’s dry before watering it all.

Here’s another view with the succulent table and Zoe’s playhouse. I have big plans to transform the playhouse roof in to a succulent driftwood heaven.

Danger Garden commented on my last backyard post that she didn’t see as many succulents as normal, so this post is for you 🙂 We may have a few less than when we lived in Outer Sunset, but we still have tons jammed in all over the place.

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Our Bayview Backyard http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/15/our-bayview-backyard/ http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/15/our-bayview-backyard/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:33:53 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=763 We’ve been gardening at our rental here in the sunny Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco for over two years and things are starting to get big. When we moved in there was nothing except bare dirt. Thankfully the folks flipping the house set up irrigation with a timer, so we didn’t have to mess with […]

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We’ve been gardening at our rental here in the sunny Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco for over two years and things are starting to get big. When we moved in there was nothing except bare dirt. Thankfully the folks flipping the house set up irrigation with a timer, so we didn’t have to mess with that. I love our Ceiba speciosa tree planted in a big container. It’s grown fast with my fairly frequent feedings.

A couple months ago my glorious Salvia confertiflora that was in this spot died. I cracked the base of the plant when it was a baby and something finally found its way in to kill it. I also had a big Plectranthus here that I didn’t like, so I ripped it out along with a few other misfits. That purple Salvia ‘Amistad’ was a little 4″er about two months ago.

I never thought I’d be planting Coleus here in San Francisco, but it’s so darn pretty.

The Deppea splendens has had a few blooms here and there starting a couple months ago, but it looks like it’s getting ready to pop a bunch all at once in a few weeks. I wish I would have pulled that yellow leaf off before I took the picture. Check out our ginormous Salvia iodantha behind the Deppea. It’s over 12 feet high and getting ready to bloom through winter. I’ve gone a little Salvia crazy lately, but they’re so much fun. The hummingbirds go nuts for them, too.

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Tim’s Tillandsias and Lithops http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/14/tims-tillandsias-and-lithops/ http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/14/tims-tillandsias-and-lithops/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:33:14 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=757 Yesterday I blogged about Tim’s rad butterfly world, but check out his sweet deck greenhouse of Tillandsia insanity! Not sure what this guy is, but it’s popping a flower. The butt cheeks of the plant world: Lithops. They’re fun, but don’t water them until they really look like they need it. Lithops are relatively easy […]

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Yesterday I blogged about Tim’s rad butterfly world, but check out his sweet deck greenhouse of Tillandsia insanity!

Not sure what this guy is, but it’s popping a flower.

The butt cheeks of the plant world: Lithops. They’re fun, but don’t water them until they really look like they need it.

Lithops are relatively easy to start from seed. There’s some good info here about going about it along with cool pics of all kinds of crazy succulents in baby stages if you click around.

Mesa Garden in Arizona can hook you up with all the succulent seeds you’ve been wanting, including Lithops. They also have live plants that I never knew existed.

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Timtastic’s Fantastic Butterflies!!! http://faroutflora.com/2016/10/13/timtastics-fantastic-butterflies/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:04:59 +0000 http://faroutflora.com/?p=722 It’s been forever since we blogged, but we’re going to take a stab at doing it again on a somewhat regular basis. I still have plenty to say about plants. Last April we had the honor of visiting our friend Tim’s magical butterfly world. Tim has since become butterfly internet famous, and we’re so proud. […]

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It’s been forever since we blogged, but we’re going to take a stab at doing it again on a somewhat regular basis. I still have plenty to say about plants. Last April we had the honor of visiting our friend Tim’s magical butterfly world. Tim has since become butterfly internet famous, and we’re so proud. Right before we moved back to Wisconsin over 4 years ago, Tim (a total stranger at the time) contacted us via Flickr to see if we had any extra Aristolochia californica (California pipevine) we could spare to feed his California pipevine swallowtail caterpillars after seeing pics of our big vine. In a time of great stress and crazy pregnancy hormones) it was one of the happiest things that ever happened to me. Here’s my post from when we first met before moving with pics of my old vine.
Tim has all the blooms and host plants a butterfly or caterpillar needs going on here in the screen house. This was mid-April, so I’m sure it went even more cray-cray as the days got longer.

Zoe brought out some ready-to-release butterflies, because there’s nothing more fun than releasing butterflies.

Check out this velvety California pipevine swallowtail caterpillar looking for some tasty treats on the Aristolochia.

Make sure you follow Tim on Instagram. Stay tuned for more soon!

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March Bloominess http://faroutflora.com/2015/03/15/march-bloominess/ http://faroutflora.com/2015/03/15/march-bloominess/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://conversions.waybackdownloads.com/faroutflora/2015/03/15/march-bloominess/ Parrot’s Beak It’s been years since I’ve done a Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post, but we have lots of blooms going on out back. Enjoy some of our crazy spring blooms: Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ Sonchus canariensis The deck of fun CA Natives: Tidy Tips and Camissonia bistorta Crazy cool Calendula Melianthus major starting to bloom […]

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It’s been years since I’ve done a Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post, but we have lots of blooms going on out back. Enjoy some of our crazy spring blooms:

Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’

Sonchus canariensis

The deck of fun

CA Natives: Tidy Tips and Camissonia bistorta

Crazy cool Calendula

Melianthus major starting to bloom with a Manihot neighbor who just woke up.

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Tilly Wreath Fun Time! http://faroutflora.com/2015/03/11/tilly-wreath-fun-time/ Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://conversions.waybackdownloads.com/faroutflora/2015/03/11/tilly-wreath-fun-time/ Lucky Spring Tilly Wreath Class Are you busy this Thursday, March 12th? We’re teaching a fun and super inexpensive class for the Etsy Craft Lab at the Museum of Craft and Design where you’ll learn to make a cool tilly wreath with mossy sticks (it’s super easy) and drink an Irish coffee. Hope to see you […]

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Lucky Spring Tilly Wreath Class

Are you busy this Thursday, March 12th? We’re teaching a fun and super inexpensive class for the Etsy Craft Lab at the Museum of Craft and Design where you’ll learn to make a cool tilly wreath with mossy sticks (it’s super easy) and drink an Irish coffee. Hope to see you there!
p.s. I highly recommend the Dogpatch Saloon just down the block for pre-class beverages.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Make a Lucky Spring Wreath Thursday, March 12
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street, San Francisco $5 for Members/$10 for Non-Members. For adults 21+ TICKETS>> Looking forward to hosting that St. Patrick’s Day party next week but
lacking in festive decorations? Come have an Irish Coffee and make a spring wreath with mossy twigs, air plants, and a bit ‘o gold– perfect for the holiday and coming season! Matti and Megan, founders of Far Out Flora, lead this fun evening. 21+

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Fuchsia and Friends http://faroutflora.com/2015/01/24/fuchsia-and-friends-at-strybing/ Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://conversions.waybackdownloads.com/faroutflora/2015/01/24/fuchsia-and-friends-at-strybing/ Fuchsia hartwegii Things are looking pretty bloomy over at the SF Botanical Garden right now. Yesterday I blogged about the aloes going crazy, but the fuchsias are freaking out all over the place too. I’m a big fuchsia fan. We have to have at least six in our new garden. Fuchsia cinerea I tend to […]

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Fuchsia hartwegii

Things are looking pretty bloomy over at the SF Botanical Garden right now. Yesterday I blogged about the aloes going crazy, but the fuchsias are freaking out all over the place too. I’m a big fuchsia fan. We have to have at least six in our new garden.

Fuchsia cinerea

I tend to stay away from the super floofy fuchsias, but this one is just a wee bit floofy. I kind of want it.

Fuchsia boliviana

Did you know the berries of this guy are really tasty? Check out this old post for even more fuchsia fun.

Banksia praemorsa

Salvia confertiflora

I’ve been obsessed with salvias lately. This is one of my favorites. We planted one we picked up at the garden plant sale for crazy cheap this summer and it’s been blooming ever since. An old Oakland neighbor with a fabulous front garden had one that I was obsessed with. For all things salvia check out Flowers by the Sea.

Doryanthes palmeri doing its thing

Love these crazy spear flowers from Australia. They’re like phormiums on steroids.

Cestrum elegans

We used to have one of these guys back in our Outer Sunset garden. It always looked a little ratty, but the hummingbirds liked it. It was fun busting out the good camera at the garden again.

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