Saturday, July 30, 2016

Triple Digit Yellow

Both plants and people can be shade lovers.  They can also be sun worshippers.

Smart shade lovers work in the springtime and cool of the morning.  When the mercury spikes, they retreat to an arbor or umbrella to enjoy the view.  Iced tea tastes better while taking in the sights and sounds of a garden.

Here's a view down the garden of a cut flower enthusiast in Kenwood.  Tall sunflowers and cactus dahlia radiate yellow in the hot afternoon.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pokemon Go Gym

Quick, What do maples and Pokemon have in common?

They both like to train at Wildwood Nursery at 10300 Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452.  So far there are more maples training at the Nursery.  They like to use bamboo stakes and green ties to acquire their desired shape.

The Pokémon have yet to show up en masse to the Pokémon Go Gym.  Judging from the 9000 players that strolled through San Francisco yesterday, it is only a matter of time before the Pokémon descend on Wildwood.  It could be an interesting spectacle!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Crescendo of Plants

San Francisco Botanic Garden filled their grounds with grand pianos over the weekend.

They transformed the typically sedate setting into a carnival atmosphere.  Aspiring pianists performed a few raised beds away from accomplished masters.  The Jurassic Park theme song waffled out of the cloud forest while Joplin filled the Great Meadow.

The plants look great by the way.  Areas that were planted in 2015 are starting to fill in.  There's a surprising amount of flowers in bloom considering it's winter in SF!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Refreshed Website

Studio Wildwood has a new look! More pictures and less text, not quite on a 1,000:1 ratio but almost.

The homepage shows wider examples of recent projects.  The picture of the yellow daylillies and orange cannas is a favorite garden.  Small, but packed full of foliage, the narrow backyard looks very lush after barely one year in the ground.

The gallery page has more plant combinations too.  Succulents, perennials, flowering shrubs, and dwarf trees are all represented.  As the seasons change and the gardens mature, more plant combination photos will pop up on the website and in this blog.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Gardening For The Environment

Saturday was field trip day. The destination was a garden oasis in the middle of San Francisco's Inner Sunset District.

A few blocks from the SF Botanic Garden, Garden for the Environment is an urban gardening hub.  With a landscape that has a heavy [trees weighed down with fruit] focus on edibles and lots of flowers for pollinators, the staff demonstrates how to maximize space in small settings.

Tours are self guided.  Sign up to be a member and get 10% off plants at Wildwood Nursery!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rafting the American

It seems like a decade ago that I spent almost every summer weekend guiding trips on the American.  It has been.

Until last weekend, it had been two years since I had even touched an oar.  It was a silly feeling to be in a boat without having command of its direction.  We went through the first turn sideways, into an eddy, and heading upstream.  In the other raft, Steve thought the episode was hilarious.
By the time we reached Satan's Cesspool, I could slow the raft and turn it so the person I wanted to soak got splashed with the main wave.  I wish that skill translated to the 9-5 week. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cheerful Plant Combos

With barely 8 months in the ground, the plants in this Santa Rosa garden are growing like weeds.

One planting bed has Daylilies with Lomandra in front of Tropicana Cannas plus a Golden Smokebush and Plumbago.  The maples and dogwoods are still very young.

Another planting bed has Dwarf Agapanthus, Watsonia, and Lomandra in front of a cascading Ruby Falls Redbud and espalier Sasanqua Camelias [sun tolerant].

The homeowners enjoy hosting parties and everyone gives the garden rave reviews.  Garden design by Studio Wildwood.