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!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Starts In Sausalito

The mercury hiked up to the 90's in Sausalito today.  The roses love it.  The dogwoods love it.  The lilies love it.

I wasn't quite ready for it so I ended up taking pictures.  Most of the plants were transplanted [and cut back] in the winter so they're still spreading their roots. 

The large Princess Flower stayed in one place and is covered in buds.  Pink Satomi dogwoods are blooming on either side of it.  The deck trellis in the background is one of the few cool spots in the entire garden.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Miniature Zen Garden


Wildwood Nursery now offers an assortment of miniature zen gardens for table settings and pedestal displays.

All these container size gardens have a sculptural centerpiece that range from smokebushes to firs to maples.  A complimentary fern or grass grouping sits next to the centerpiece.  Aquarium rock provides a soft finished look for mounded soil.  Many of the zen gardens also feature a prominent stone.

These miniature zen gardens are great gifts for the space challenged gardener.  They look great from all angles or against a solid backdrop!  Call the nursery for availability.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Saving Water In Sausalito

Sausalito is often called the California Riviera because .... it has a Mediterranean climate!

So being water conscious is smart.  And avoiding lawns goes a long way to achieving that.

But flat green spaces are nice, especially if you're a west highland terrier that likes to frolic.

The answer is vinca minor.  Shiny evergreen leaves carpet the ground with bright periwinkle blue flowers. 

Lunch breaks for Studio Wildwood are a bit longer since the town is so walkable and the delis are super tasty - other Riviera similarities!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Water Tank

Until the middle part of last century, the Wildwood Nursery property was a working dairy.

There are many relics from that era on the property.  The coolest one is a nine foot tall, twelve foot wide circular redwood water tank.  The dairymen pumped water from the Kenwood Marsh into it for summer storage.  It currently sits at the top of the property in its original position.

That could change this summer.  We are beginning exploratory work to raise the tank and move it a more visible location.  Next week, we will insert 6" x 6" x 13' steel beams under the tank.  These beams will support the tank as we carefully lift it!