Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Menlo Park Gardens

Wildwood Nursery made a trip to Menlo Park, CA to deliver Japanese Maples and Dogwoods.

With google maps, the days of getting lost and discovering hidden garden gems are a thing of the past.  There was no hurry to get back to the nursery though.  We played car photography, stopping at gardens to capture the impressive elements.

There were numerous inviting entryways.  Everything from midcentury modern to Mediterranean cool.  Several front gardens had water features.  They were tasteful - loud enough but not over the top [pun intended].

The most striking feature was an attached gazebo with a top turret.  We need one at Wildwood!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Planting in 100 Degrees

In the summer, people love to ask "Is this a good time to plant?".

Of course, they're expecting an emphatic "NO, disturbing the plant will shock it".

At Wildwood, we transplant all year round.  Moving a plant from a container to the ground often does the plant a favor.  The ground is cooler than a container, the drainage is better, and it can be done with very little disturbance to the roots.

In this Sonoma garden, a combination of shade umbrellas and shade cloth will provide relief from the 100 degree temperatures.  The plants have their root zone bubblers for [extra] water and should pass through summer with flying colors!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Land Sea Air

Today, we experienced a new challenge during pruning.  The Tide!

In parts of Belvedere, CA, the only way to reach certain branches is from the beach.  At low tide, strategically placed rocks provide a solid footing for the orchard ladder.  As soon as the water started lapping at the ladder's legs it was time to hightail it back up to the deck.

The tree wants to lean over the water [wind and sun] so it was important to trim from every angle!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sugarloaf Views

The subjects of typical pruning visits are .... Japanese maples!  After all, that is one of Wildwood's specialties.

There are other trees that need attention! Like native oaks, manzanitas, and bays.  In the case of manzanitas, it's mostly about clearing space around them.  Without clutter, they are a blaze of red!

Next to Sugarloaf Park, the oaks are extra gnarled and the manzanitas are windswept sideways.  This young oak is at the entrance.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Connecticut Blue Patio

Here's a photo of a flagstone patio that Studio Wildwood recently completed in Sausalito.

The Connecticut Blue flagstone mirrors the blue siding of the cottage and garage.  The wild edges of flagstone compliment the fern hedge along the garage.  There were a few saw cuts to get the pieces to fit closely though!

The patio sits in the one sunny corner of the garden off of a small [FSC Certified] redwood deck.  There will be more [evening] photos soon without glare off the stone!

Monday, June 22, 2015

West County Zen Garden

Last Friday, we took a field trip to Occidental to visit a master woodworker.  Barton now divides his time between woodworking and practicing Buddhism.
He is a Buddhist priest who hosts retreats in his sanctuary garden.  The property is a combination food forest, redwood grove, blackberry maze, and retreat center.  The food forest is ablaze with color - nasturtiums, dahlias, poppies, lettuce, flowering vines, chard, sunflowers and more.  His philosophy of not fighting anything [pests, weeds, etc] is working wonderfully.
He also took a moment to weigh in on how we can use the old growth redwood on our water tank.  The pictures of the structures he built [Larry Ellison's compound] are inspiring!