Oh My Organic Mechanics

Oh My Organic Mechanics

Succulent Crazyfest

A couple weeks ago we hopped on MUNI and headed downtown to check out a couple of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days gardens. Both gardens we visited were by the fantastic Organic Mechanics team of Sean Stout and James Pettigrew, including their own space. The first garden we checked out was at Hotel Mark Twain. These wonderful succulent containers were part of the rooftop…

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The New Backyard (Cement Slab)

The New Backyard (Cement Slab)

Our new place from the back deck

The back is finally presentable, so I thought I’d share some pictures. Caution, many include a small child doing cute things.

Bubbles are back!

Drinking from the can

Our little helper

More helping

We still have a bunch of big honking containers that need filling, but I think we’re off to a good start. I’m so happy we scored the wooden playhouse on Craigslist. Zoe…

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Loving Living Green Design

Loving Living Green Design

Vertical coolness

A couple days ago I took Zoe out in her plastic red car for a ride around the neighborhood that included a stop at Living Green Design. There are a bunch of crazy showrooms in one place with tons of cool things to look at. If you’re in the neighborhood definitely check it out. Next time I’ll bust out the good camera when I walk over. It’s ridiculously close to the new SF place.

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Throwback Thursday

Seven years ago this May we came to SF to check it out before moving here in August.


Celebrate With Sunset This Weekend!

Celebrate With Sunset This Weekend!

Tropical Garden, by Living Green

This weekend is Sunset’s Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park and we think you should go! Not only are there amazing gardens like the one above there are fabulous garden speakers happening both days. I was super lucky to get a sneak preview yesterday. Put on your shades, as it was sunny as heck and my pictures might burn your eye balls a little.

Nepenthe Love

I don’t…

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Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet peas and friends

One of my all time favorite spring annuals are sweet peas. Some time in February, maybe early March I planted ‘Cupani’and ‘Black Knight’. I will plant ‘Cupani’ every year wherever I live, as it is the cutest, most fragrant and even historical sweet pea around. Even after a few 95 degree days it’s still holding up strong, though I think its days are numbered to. There are a…

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Butterflies Being Awesome

Gulf Fritillary caterpillar

If you grow it they will come! A few days ago I was hacking at the passionflower where it was trying to eat our Canary Island Sage and found this little dude hanging out.

Passiflora ‘Oaklandia’

Here’s the Passiflora he likes to chomp on which is fine with me since there is plenty of passionflower to go around. I originally planted it in hopes that it would eat and…

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Spring Flower Freakout

Hurray for flowers!

Did you know that I’m a flower freak? We still have lots succulents hanging around, but I’m flower crazy. This was taken about a month ago and many of those annuals have passed on to make room for a bunch of seedlings from past plants. Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’ the orangey red plant in front is one of my faves. That little shorty blue guy is Echium plantagineum with Gilia…

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Moving Back to SF!

Moving Back to SF!

Our new neighbor

We signed a lease and are moving back to San Francisco in mid-June! I never thought we’d be able to move back since it’s nearly impossible to find anyone who will rent to a dog family at a somewhat reasonable price (it is the Bay Area), but we did! We’ve completely ditched the commute costs and time suck, and will be living one block away from Flora Grubb Gardens. Garden wise…

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Poop Alley Poppies

Poppy love

This is a story of how we turned our weedy strip next to the driveway we call “Poop Alley” in to a flowery fun place for super cheap.

In the beginning: March 3rd, 2014

Sometime back in February Matti pulled out all the huge weeds growing next to our driveway (we don’t use this part to park) and gave the ground a good hoeing. That’s when my seed insanity began. I planted a jumbo bag of…

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