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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Sale

The Fall Sale at Wildwood Nursery is entering its last week.

Tiny and towering trees are on sale along with complimentary plants.  Select a Japanese Maple in time to enjoy the fall color in your garden.  Pick out a Dogwood that's blooming or one that has a showy spring display.

Pack a lunch or pick up a snack at the Glen Ellen deli to enjoy in our picnic area.  Food will help fuel your search for great trees!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

August Getaway

Passing a Gondola
New sights and sounds help refresh and recharge.  Cities like Budapest, Prague, and Venice all provide unique views into the past and future.  Up close and personal, they are quite amazing.  So many great photo opportunities and cafes to relax at.

A whirlwind tour has its hectic moments, it's great to be home in California!

We hope your summer was full of highlights.