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  • Annies Hodgepodge

    Gazania krebsiana – Terracotta Gazania About a month ago, I took the day off and head over to Annie’s Annual.  The sun was just coming up, and the plants were looking striking such as this Gazania krebsiana .  South African native…I read that this low growing ground cover is a source of food for some […]

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  • The Albany Bulb

    Warning! Hazardous shoreline. Ahh, the Albany Bulb.  So many things to so many people.  17% dog park, 23% urban homestead, 39.5% outsider art, & 109% Anarchy.  We heard about this place from a friend, and finally ventured there.  This is not exactly our typical plant post, but it does fall into the unusual category. Concrete […]

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  • C’mon ‘N Ride It

      The Bridge, Dutch Windmill and Train! We’re slackers. How lame is it to blog about something that’s been going on for months (since November), but is about to close in four days? Until March 13th (this Sunday) you can still get your butt over to the Conservatory of Flowers for some Garden Railway action.  […]

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  • Rearranging Rocks

    Max and succulent containers. It’s cleaning day in the garden and Max the Border Collie is always ready to help.  Last summer, Megan cranked out a bunch of succulent containers which we arranged on a homemade bench.  Every time it rains or the wind blows…the neighbor’s big Myoporum laetum tree drops debris on, underneath and […]

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  • Ants In Our Plants

    When Ants Attack! GROSS! What the heck? On this quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon Matti was watering some of the indoor plants. I’ve been slacking on my plant watering duties lately, and started to worry that they were so bone dry that simply pouring water on to them wasn’t doing much. The water was running right […]

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  • Ridiculously Rosey Ribes

    Ribes sanguineum love After tiptoeing through the tulips at the Dutch Windmill two weekends ago we headed east, and found a bunch of Ribes sanguineums putting on a show near the bathroom (I think it’s a bathroom) close to Chain of Lakes, off the bike path. Truthfully, they were all over the place, but these […]

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  • Huntington’s Iconic Cacti

    Echinocactus grusonii – Golden Barrel Cactus. There are iconic plants and gardens across the world, and this standing of cacti fit the bill.  I was first introduced to Huntington Botanical Gardens while watching Jamie Durie touring the ground while taping a Victory Garden episode. Mammillaria geminispina. Mammillaria geminispina really pops like fire and ice.  The […]

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  • Traipsing Through The Tulips

    Tulip time Last Sunday Matti and I walked over to the Dutch (North) Windmill in Golden Gate Park to check out the tulip action. They had taken quite a beating from the storm the night before, but were still looking tulipy. Windmill Way back in 1902 the windmill was built to irrigate the plants in […]

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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 […]