Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Queen of Flowers

The Peony is one of the most prized flowers in the gardening world.  English, Asian, and American gardeners all admire the sheer size and vibrant color of the peony flower.

Peonies bloom religiously in the gardens at Wildwood Nursery, tempting visitors to touch, smell, and photograph.  Now, the nursery has Itoh and Tree Peonies available in containers.  Magenta, cherry, purple, white, and red colors are all waiting for new homes.

Remember to water them with ice in the winter to keep them cool so they burst into a blaze of color!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blossom Rivers

Every year the apricot blossoms and cherry blossoms are a tantalizing tease of springtime.  And like clockwork, the weeping apricot at Wildwood Nursery burst into bloom a few days ago.

Then the sky burst, letting loose a sheet of water that knocked all the blossoms off!  A friendly reminder that the rain gods remember California.

The year round gardening weather we had the last four years changed mindsets and outlooks.  Now, we will have to see where the blossom rivers lead us.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Photos

This year's holiday card will be canine friendly.

Benson is a cocker spaniel poodle mix that is a new addition to the Wildwood family.  This is his first holiday with us so he's featured on the card.

The backdrop is a manzanita with tiny white blooms in November!  John Dourley is a low growing ground cover variety that is quite vigorous.  We like it better than Emerald Carpet with its glacial growth habit.

Of course Benson only cares that he gets treats for sitting still.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Crazy Happenings

Yesterday evening, something caught my attention.  First it was the noise - a loud fluttering, squawking, chirping, crunchy cacophony.  Then I saw what all the fuss was about.

The parrots of Telegraph Hill were having a party on a fruiting olive.  And by parrots I mean at least fifty.  They were hopping around the branches gorging themselves on ripe olives.

Tropical meets Mediterranean!

What's next?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SF Botanic Garden Plant Sale

During the growing season, SFBG has a monthly plant sale.  The October 8th sale will feature ferns, rhododendrons, and trees.
Many of the trees will be from Wildwood!  The handpicked selection is only available in SF the morning of the sale.  Dwarf ginkgoes, hybrid dogwoods, and a sprinkling of other rare trees will be on display at the entrance to the garden.
Stop by and visit!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Behind The Scenes

The gold Smokebush looks great behind a pink and green Japanese Maple.  They are from two very different climates so it is tricky keeping them happy in identical conditions.

A maple needs to be mature to withstand 100 degree heat and frequent watering.  Hidden deep root bubblers provide water.  The cute blue flowers are on the Ceratostigma are actually 'mulch' in disguise, keeping the roots cool!  The smokebush likes very little water.  It is downslope from the maple so it recieves some runoff.

Constant pruning will keep the groundcover, maple, and smokebush in balance over the seasons. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Raised Beds

Most raised beds are reserved for vegetables.  Sometimes, beds are practical for other plantings.

In Mill Valley, where the hills are steep, the deer are gluttons, and the soil is clay, the smart option is tough plants.

Wildwood's combination of flax, black mondo grass, heuchera, dwarf red hot pokers, iris, agave, and other succulents look right at home in their rocky confines.

A mini mesh fence is enough to deter the deer when the plants aren't being photographed!