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!

Monday, May 11, 2015

On The Edge Of Yosemite

Western red cedars were an emerald green last weekend.  The waterfalls were thundering.  Dogwoods were blooming.

And the cliffs were vertigo inducing.  Mountains are always like that but I'm rarely sitting on the brink.  Looking down is far more effective than a triple latte.

Looking up at waterfalls is more my speed.  Thankfully, we stopped at lower Yosemite falls, Vernal falls, and Nevada Falls.  Lunching at the pool above Nevada falls was definitely a highlight.

The national parks are waiting. Visit!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Day 1 At SFBG

There were folks from Iowa buying snowcloud ginkgos, a familiy from the peninsula carrying off a huge A. campestre Carnival, and curators from other botanic gardens all under the same roof.

The reason? SFBG's May sale.  It attracts weekend gardeners from down the block and hardcore gardeners from around the Bay Area.

Why?  A chance to snag rare and unusual plants that love growing in the Bay Area.

Walk away with great plants WHILE donating to the garden.

Sound awesome?  Wildwood Nursery will see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May Day SF Sale

Every year the San Francisco Botanic Garden has a LARGE annual sale.

Wildwood Nursery is very fortunate to be able to participate in the sale.  All of the attendees are avid plant enthusiasts.  They buzz around the building loading up their carts with new treasures.

Some of those treasures will be Wildwood plants.  We'll be handpicking from our extensive inventory in the next few days the plants that will be traveling to SF. 

It promises to be a great show. Stop by! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Enthusiastic Enkianthus

Great woodland gardens always have twinkling color amidst the greenery.  This rhododendron relative provides understated drama above groundcovers.  Planting it with Dicentra [Bleeding Heart], Solomon's Seal, and Epimedium is a great way to highlight Enkianthus's small stature.

The bell shaped flowers deserve close inspection.  Like mini lamp shades, they radiate energy in shady spots.

Visit Wildwood Nursery to see them among the maples and dogwoods.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tree Peony Blooms

What's that big maroon flower in the middle of the nursery?

Maroon flower? Can you show... Ohhh, it's a tree peony.

That's an actual conversation from the weekend. 

Since we don't sell peonies anymore it's easy to forget that there are 'big maroon flowers' [they're actually more magenta!] in the middle of Wildwood Nursery.

Peonies reward patient gardeners with massive blooms.  Sleep [year one] creep [year two] leap [year three, flowers!] as the saying goes.