Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunset - The Magazine, The Sky, The Color

It's that time of year when the sun starts to set a little sooner, the clouds make the evenings more dramatic, and Wildwood is in the magazine.

Red sunsets and gold fall colors make even the most pedestrian summer garden a showstopper.  The long slog through the dry spell is finally coming to end.  Fall color is a great energizer for those weekend gardening chores.

Ginkgos are the quintessential picture of fall color.  Their unmistakable leaf outline and radiant gold color transform gardens.  Wildwood has several different mini-Ginkgos to choose from this fall.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Refreshing Views

The last few weeks, it seems like we've been staring threw the lens of cameras more often than not.

All the new shots are starting to pay off with the addition of the online shop and updates on the plant pages.  With the mercury near 100 Sunday, it was refreshing to stay in the shade and peer out. 

The picture to the left is one of the views we enjoy the most.  It is also the background for the blog.  The natural setting is a constant reminder of the where Wildwood and CA gardens start.  We work to both compliment and reshape landscapes like the one in this view.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sha Sha Sha Shaina

Feeling in the mood for the cool melody of a dwarf red maple?

The old standard is A.p. Shaina.  This slow growing maple has slightly smaller leaves than a palmatum leaf.  With a compact twiggy growth habit, young trees have the look of a wily old maple.

Of course there are newer dwarfs to choose from; ones named after Ed or Twombley or Enron [just kidding on the last one].  These newer compact red dwarfs don't have the same charm of a mature Shaina.  Wildwood always has a rotation of Shaina's growing for visitors to browse.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Prancing Peacock

Most Japanese Maples are a quite spectacular in the garden.  They're graceful, soothing and well behaved.

A handful make a loud statement in the landscape.  One of the attention getters is the Fern Leaf Maple.  It's stage name is the Dancing Peacock Maple. It likes to prance around in the shade while all the other plants look wistfully at it.  This maple's large leaves have lobes that fan out like a Peacock's tail.  They stand up above the branches attracting lots of second looks.

Acer japonicum 'Maiku jaku' is the academic name but all the hip gardeners who need personality in a shady spot know to ask for Dancing Peacock.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Behind The Makeover

At 5pm Friday, we re-launched the home page for Wildwood.

Leading up to that time there had been some incremental changes to the homepage, mainly the larger pictures rotating through as a slideshow.  The most noticeable Friday change is the 'Wildwood Nursery' logo. 'Where art and nature meet' is still the tag line but 'Farm' is gone.  We've thought of Wildwood as Wildwood Farm for so long it will take time for us to get used to the new phrase.  At the end of the day, Wildwood Nursery is a better description of the business.

The 'SHOP ONLINE' button is another significant change.  All the top nurseries and botanic gardens give their customers the option of buying online.  To keep pace we had to add that capability.

Of course, someone is always raising bar.  Days before we made our changes, The High Line launched a new website.  The gardening world is changing quickly.  Enjoy fall, it's a reminder to us as much as anyone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Inside Fine Gardening

The November/December edition of Fine Gardening boosted the spirits at Wildwood.  We needed a little shot in the arm while we're in the midst of loading our shopify shopping cart.

The article on Japanese Maples features Lady Wildwood talking about Koto No Ito.  It's a fairly wispy tree but she has a lot to say about it!  She actually makes it sound quite interesting.

Ok, Koto No Ito is a great maple.  We have it planted in the gardens at Wildwood and people do stop to look at the 8' tall bamboo leaf in full sun.

Hurry in, you'll be just in time to catch the fall color!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Start your Shopping Carts

We think of ourselves as gardeners, plant collectors, and outdoors people at Wildwood.

If you had seen what we've been doing the last few weeks, you would never have guessed.  Other than shooting tons of pictures, we've been glued to the computer.  Between magazine articles and setting up an online store, our gardening existence has been reduced to staring at store templates, cropping photos, writing plant descriptions and crunching shipping costs.  The crunching is ongoing by the way.

Once we tell the store how to compute shipping costs, it will be live.  In the meantime, you can preview the selection at http://wildwood-nursery.myshopify.com.