Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May Day SF Sale

Every year the San Francisco Botanic Garden has a LARGE annual sale.

Wildwood Nursery is very fortunate to be able to participate in the sale.  All of the attendees are avid plant enthusiasts.  They buzz around the building loading up their carts with new treasures.

Some of those treasures will be Wildwood plants.  We'll be handpicking from our extensive inventory in the next few days the plants that will be traveling to SF. 

It promises to be a great show. Stop by! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Enthusiastic Enkianthus

Great woodland gardens always have twinkling color amidst the greenery.  This rhododendron relative provides understated drama above groundcovers.  Planting it with Dicentra [Bleeding Heart], Solomon's Seal, and Epimedium is a great way to highlight Enkianthus's small stature.

The bell shaped flowers deserve close inspection.  Like mini lamp shades, they radiate energy in shady spots.

Visit Wildwood Nursery to see them among the maples and dogwoods.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tree Peony Blooms

What's that big maroon flower in the middle of the nursery?

Maroon flower? Can you show... Ohhh, it's a tree peony.

That's an actual conversation from the weekend. 

Since we don't sell peonies anymore it's easy to forget that there are 'big maroon flowers' [they're actually more magenta!] in the middle of Wildwood Nursery.

Peonies reward patient gardeners with massive blooms.  Sleep [year one] creep [year two] leap [year three, flowers!] as the saying goes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Video

We could write daily blog posts about all the foliage and flowers at Wildwood Nursery in the Spring.

We chose to videotape all the foliage and flowers instead!  During the editing process, the footage did get whittled down.  To under a minute actually.  Think of the video as an appetizer.

There is much more to see.  And there is much more that has yet to happen.  The oriental dogwoods - Cornus kousa - will be blooming shortly.  The Japanese maples are still unfurling their leaves.

 https://vimeo.com/124232825

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

East Coast Dogwoods on the West Coast

 
Spring has sprung at Wildwood Nursery!

The real eye catchers now are the dogwoods.  The east coast dogwood [Cornus florida] is at its peak for blooms! Cloud 9, a white selection, and Cherokee Brave, a pink selection, are covered in blooms all around the nursery.

The dogwood section seems to expand this time of year as we move dogwoods so people can enjoy their full magnificence.  There are groupings of dogwoods at every twist and turn of the paths at Wildwood.

This is one of the few times where the West Coast is ahead of the East Coast  It will probably be at least another four weeks before those folks can even think about a dogwood bloom!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pruning For Spring Blooms

Occasionally, Studio Wildwood branches out beyond pruning Japanese Maples.

Four weeks ago, the challenge was two crabapple trees.  Like flowering cherries and plums, these trees can send out loooong young shoots.  These branches can quickly make the tree look very congested.  This can look odd, at best, after the cloak of flowers falls to the ground.

We cut about 50% of the branches off the crabapples in the picture.  That sounds like a lot, and it is, but the improvement is more subtle.  The trees still have a mass of flowers only with slightly more depth.  Now, sunlight can illuminate all the flowers!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Plants Available Online

As the Japanese Maples leaf out, we're adding them to Wildwood Nursery's online store.

The two latest additions are Rhode Island Red and Ryusen.  Rhode Island Red is a new dwarf introduction.  The red color really packs a wallop!  The foliage is so bushy and dense on these three foot plants.  Need red?  Add a Rhode Island Red.  Ryusen is pendulous maple that has large seedling like leaves!  While lace leafs look delicate, Ryusen looks strong and powerful.  Have a narrow space?  Add a Ryusen.

This is the tip of the iceberg.  Look for maples like Aratama and dogwoods like Venus soon.