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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poppies for Buddha

Everyone likes flowers.  Sometimes giving flowers can be just as rewarding as getting flowers.

For some reason, it seemed like a good time to give Buddha Matilija Poppies this past weekend.  The poppy beside the entrance to Wildwood is blooming its head off and looks spectacular.  It wasn't going to miss three flowers.

Buddha looked a little more cheerful with the poppies.  We'll be keeping our eyes open for June flowers at Wildwood Nursery...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wow With Watsonias

Raise your hand if you like Gladiolas.  If you did, you'll like Watsonias too!

They're both in the Iris family so they're practically cousins.  Watsonias are native to South Africa where all they like is sun and occasional water.  That makes them perfect for California.  Since they are a bulb, they will slowly clump out and multiply.

They add an extra hit of color - bright pinks and oranges - in late Spring.  Here is a salmon Watsonia next to Japanese Maples, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, Peony, and Agapanthus.

Garden design by Studio Wildwood.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Snap Pop Pom

May flowers are turning heads in this Sausalito Garden.

A single California Poppy provides all the orange this tiny garden can handle!  The pink snap dragon seeded itself from last year's snaps.  The bright pink and the orange even compliment each other! Big pom poms of color from the hydrangea in the background round out the colorful trio.

Soon the pomegranate flowers will swell into fruits.  Then it will be a tasty and colorful garden!

Garden design by Studio Wildwood.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May Pruning

Many Japanese Maple owners want to know if they can prune a little of this spring's bumper crop of new growth.  Of course!

Light pruning of pencil size branches rarely damages a tree.  If new growth is snipped so that it no longer bends under its own weight, a tree will look much more dignified.

Getting carried away can create serious problems though.  Foliage is the tree's sunscreen and protects the bark from burning.  It's preferable to have a tree with a bad hair day [or hair month] than a tree with scorched bark.

Tree Pruning by Studio Wildwood.