Almost a year ago, I planted this metal pot rack into a succulent hanging thing. Lots of little cuttings, lots of sphagnum moss, lots of potential. Well, it’s all grown up now. Not exactly what I expected, but enough to salvage.
Here it is today. It has been neglected for some time now. Definitively in need of a haircut and a little refill. Oh, another issue I have found. That hemp type twine I’ve been using to hold it all together? It has been failing…basically rotting away a little faster than expected. Like the time the mirror held up with the twine fell and crushed our Clianthus puniceus. I wasn’t too concerned at that moment because I really didn’t know what Megan planted, but I love the guy now that he has recovered.
Ever since, I’ve been systematically going around the garden and replacing that hemp twine with wire. At least it should take more than a year before the wire rusts away.
A little fluffing and it’s looking sweet again, better than ever.
I can’t wait for another 3-6 months to pass to see what happens next. Hey, these succulents are all alive and need the occasional haircut / TLC to get them looking all cool again. Same thing with our planted containers.
While I was spicing up this succulent hanging thing, Megan picked up this cool Petunia hybrid, the Phantom Petunia. Turns out it was the same Petunia on the cover of the Garden Gate magazine that showed up that day. No way!
Time for an obscure reference. Holding this plant along with the magazine instantly reminded me of a certain movie where Steve Martin held up a drink with a bamboo umbrella next to a magazine stating…”Be somebody”. Yeah, that Petunia made me feel like Somebody. Any takers on the movie? — Far Out Flora
Hurray for May Bloom Day! Thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! Our backyard is the bloomiest it’s EVER been. People at work have said I’ve crossed over to “Flower Floozy” land, and I think they might be right even though I keep denying it. This container is full of Viola ‘Tiger Eyes’, Viola nigra ‘Bowles Black’, Viola ‘Etain’ with Satureja douglasii (Yerba Buena) creeping around. There’s some Aeoniums hanging out, too.
This is our blue/orange container I planted back in early April. I’m liking it so far. There’s a bumble bee checking out Linaria reticulata
‘Flamenco’. I’m hooked on the Cerinthe retorta and Cheiranthus x allionii.
You never know where the garden world is going to take you. We were out and about looking at some cool indie crafts down in Hayes Valley (SF), and these awesome octopus pillows caught our eye. That’s were we met Tin of Utiltarian Franchise. Turns out that not only does Tin design the coolest pillows ever, he also is an avid gardener.
A week later, we headed over to check it out. OMGosh, hands down…Tin’s garden is incredible. For the past two years, he has been filling every nook up and down with tons of succulents, bros and epiphytes.
Tin plays a lot with color and texture. Also without the ability to chop up the concrete, he uses a bunch of containers and vertical wall panels.
Such as these sweet panels he made including the frames. So what does Tin do with his old serography screens when they are past their prime? He makes them into vertical walls. Man, I really wish I would have come up with that…it’s brilliant.
Oh, and love the stags too. Also, <3 those hanging letters. He has collected enough letters to almost spell out San Francisco too…sans the F.
BTW as always, there are more pics of Tin’s work on our Flickr.
Geez, I want this succulent wall.
Okay, so there’s a lot to take in at Tin’s garden…and can’t wait to head back. Wanting more info on Utilitarian Franchise designs, check out this SF Gate article. Hey Tin, we love the pillows and thanks for the tour.
— Far Our Flora
Way back in January we went a little California native crazy in our “center bed” (giant sand pit that was stuffed with Senecio mandraliscae and other wayward succulents). Dang I’m glad we did. Things are starting to get exciting in native land. Back in January I had plans for one more Clarkia and more Dudleyas. It’s interesting to look back at past blog posts to see what we were thinking at the time. We now have not one, but THREE Clarkias that are about to burst in to bloom any minute, and four new Dudleyas have joined the gang, too. I’m not even sure what the one above is, but I love them all.
On the left is super yummy smelling Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum in orange. It’s buddy Erysimum franciscanum var. crassifolium is pretty flowered out right now, but rocked it for the last couple months. Next to that guy is Gilia capitata with some Gilia tricolor peeking out from the Agave. Love them both! The butterflies and bees have really been digging the capitata.
The blue stamens of Gilia tricolor are too gosh darn cute on these guys! I made the mistake of bringing home this guy a little too big. It was already starting to bloom and went all lanky on me. I chopped him back a few weeks ago, and BAM now it’s covered with blooms and buds.
Maybe three or four weeks ago I was updating the sign for Camissonia cheiranthifolia, and decided it would love life on La Playa. It’s native to the beach dunes from Santa Barbara all the way up to Oregon, so I figured it would feel at home next to Ocean Beach. It’s been pumping out pretty yellow flowers ever since.
I’ve already had to pull at least ten California poppy seedlings I had started out due to space limitations. What was I thinking? On the far right up a little is a poor little Eriogonum grande var. rubescens that’s been moved around too many times for me to admit. I recently jammed it in way to close to Eriogonum ‘The Hub’ which is just starting to bust out buds. The plant in the top leftish corner is Madia elegans. I really hope the claims of “strongly pineapple scented” are true. It should keep the show going through summertime. Squashed between it and the Madia is Clarkia concinna. Dudleya pulverulenta is in the lower center spot.
The only California native we planted that isn’t loving life in our backyard is Mimulus puniceus. You can kind of see it being eaten by poppies in the top right hand corner. I’m not sure what its deal is, the poppy infestation is relatively new. I don’t water it very often, it keeps turning kind of brownish, umm maybe I don’t water it enough? It’s spewed out a few flowers here and there, but for the most part looks kind of pitiful. Perhaps we need to give Mimulus aurantiacus a shot instead?
Before working at Annie’s I had no idea there were so MANY super cool California natives out there, and that so many of them like being shoved in a sand pit with nothing fancy added. Check out Annie’s vast CA native list here. Wanna learn more, check out these links:
In April we uploaded 259 pictures of our backyard to Flickr. Dang! The middle (mostly native) section is really filling in. I’m loving the Gilia capitata and Gilia tricolor. They’re both super bloomy right now. We have Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis, too. Our Eriogonom ‘The Hub’ is getting ready to pop soon, too! Our Dudleya collection keeps expanding thanks to Matti’s rescues from work. Here are a couple more of my favorite pics from April.
Last of the Huntington Garden posts from our road trip (aka…Matti finally gets to see LA). We hit the succulents, checked out the Aloes…what’s left? The Rose Hill Conservatory. Hey, don’t get me wrong…Huntington has weeks of stuff to see and you can only see so much in a day.
Like the Griswolds seeing the Louvre 10 minutes before it closed, today’s post is fast, down and dirty. Check out this blooming guy? NOID on it, anybody know it?
I found this development chart pretty sweet for the Nepenthes which I am a big fan.
This Sarracenia is for you Robert at The Pitcher Plant Project.
Ficus columnaris is a monster with a gorgeous trunk on it.
Another fav of mine are the Melaleucas. Hey, want more Huntington Garden action? You need to visit Floradora…she has some amazing pics from a recent trip…a must see.
— Far Out Flora