Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stylish Lantern

Monday, Wildwood Nursery made a field trip to a private garden in the hills of Sonoma.

The garden has every ornament under the sun, from Chinese lanterns to Mediterranean vases.  One of the most striking pieces is a vintage Japanese lantern.  The rough hewn granite has smoothed 'rings' around the edge of the hood and base that accent its character. Faint inscriptions on the body add personality to the piece.

The lantern would look best along a winding path [no sharp turns] because of the round hood. 

Perhaps, we'll find a spot in the nursery to display a new lantern!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Osmosis at Tahoe

A long weekend in Tahoe is a great getaway. 

For folks in the plant world, the rewards are double.  Big vistas, warm water, and sandy beaches are the perfect distraction from a typical day.  AND, they expand the realm of possibilities for garden designs, plant displays, and plant growth habits.

Sandy Harbor is a cove about halfway up [or down] on the Nevada side that offers numerous amenities.  It has everything from Shakespeare performances to SUP rentals.  What more can one ask for?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fire Prevention

Hot, smoky conditions smothered Sonoma County all of last week.  The culprit - massive fires in the counties to the north and small scary flare ups in our own county.

For residents in fire prone areas, prevention is a mantra.  Judicious clearing and careful pruning of important focal points can create a landscape that is beautiful and safe.  The photo shows Oaks with their structure highlighted after careful pruning by Wildwood atop Adobe Canyon Rd.

Opening up sightlines and clearing away fuel can be a symbiotic approach that pleases the fire chief and the eye! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Forest of Digiplexis


Earlier this week, Wildwood was tending a garden in Sausalito while enjoying numerous summer blooms.

One outstanding plant is Digiplexis.  It's a cross between two species in the Digitalis [foxglove] family.  Digitalis and Isoplexis makes Digiplexis! 

Since the plant is a hybrid, it puts all its energy into making flowers, not seeds.  The result is a foxglove with super bright colors.

There is a 'stand' of Digiplexis in the front yard in Sausalito.  They're taking full sun and loving every second!

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!