Succulents in the Gutter

Originally posted: October 20, 2016Update: the gutters now have carnivores, begonias, oxalis  and bromeliads. It’s still a spider web party back there.  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) […]

Timtastic’s Fantastic Butterflies

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. […]

Tim’s Tillandsias and Lithops

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 massive 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 […]

Super Sage: Salvia iodantha

Originally posted November 2016. We sadly lost this poor guy this past summer during one of the heatwaves. My new favorite winter blooming Salvia is S. wagneriana. 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 […]

Aloe arborescens = Awesome

It’s that magical time of the year when all the giant clumps of Aloe arborescens are full of flowers. Go to the SF Botanical Garden now to see all this awesomeness. I’ve always liked the corally colored guy in the upper succulent garden. The entire garden is looking pretty great right now You may not know this, but we […]

California Poppy Makeover Party

This is the story of how we turned our weedy strip next to the driveway we called “Poop Alley” in to a flowery fun place for super cheap when we lived in Oakland in 2014. It’s almost the time of year to start tossing around the California native annual seeds for the rains to get them going. […]

Pitcher Plant Project

This post is from August 2013 before Rob and his crew moved to Oregon (they brought their pitcher plants). Be sure to follow Rob and Dahlia on Instagram for all their super cool current plant pics.  A couple weeks ago I had the good fortune to visit our plant nerd friend Rob from The Pitcher Plant Project and his amazing greenhouse space […]

Badass Bromeliad Society Tour

Originally posted July 2013. Last weekend we hit up the SF Bromeliad Society’s super rad garden tour AND busted out the good old DSLR for the first time in almost a year. Brian Ransom’s garden was my favorite of the bunch. The mix of bromeliads in all shapes and sizes along with California natives, succulents and orchids is so […]

Dudleyas, Dudleyas, Dudleyas

Love the hanging baskets of Dudleya and Lewisia at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. I want it hanging in my backyard. SBBG has one of the best collections of Dudleya around. I want them all. Get more Dudleya action from our last trip to SBBG here.

Succulent Container Madness!

I’ll shove a succulent in almost anything, whether it be a grill that nobody’s used for years, or an old wagon I picked up for five bucks at a garage sale.  The possibilities are endless! First off,  I want you to know that in many cases these are not permanent plantings (this is especially true […]