Monday, March 23, 2015

Pruning For Spring Blooms

Occasionally, Studio Wildwood branches out beyond pruning Japanese Maples.

Four weeks ago, the challenge was two crabapple trees.  Like flowering cherries and plums, these trees can send out loooong young shoots.  These branches can quickly make the tree look very congested.  This can look odd, at best, after the cloak of flowers falls to the ground.

We cut about 50% of the branches off the crabapples in the picture.  That sounds like a lot, and it is, but the improvement is more subtle.  The trees still have a mass of flowers only with slightly more depth.  Now, sunlight can illuminate all the flowers!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Plants Available Online

As the Japanese Maples leaf out, we're adding them to Wildwood Nursery's online store.

The two latest additions are Rhode Island Red and Ryusen.  Rhode Island Red is a new dwarf introduction.  The red color really packs a wallop!  The foliage is so bushy and dense on these three foot plants.  Need red?  Add a Rhode Island Red.  Ryusen is pendulous maple that has large seedling like leaves!  While lace leafs look delicate, Ryusen looks strong and powerful.  Have a narrow space?  Add a Ryusen.

This is the tip of the iceberg.  Look for maples like Aratama and dogwoods like Venus soon.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

SEO This

The single most important thing about running a retail business may be Search Engine Optimization.

While we are surrounded by fresh leaves unfurling on plants like A.c. Carnival and A.p. Wilson's Pink Dwarf  at Wildwood Nursery, what matters is keywords.  What are people thinking about when they picture a Japanese maple?  Is it fall color, lacy leafs, young spring foliage?  Or are they googling 'Red Japanese Maple'?

Well, we did our best to guess.  Whether you want a maple in Mercer Island, WA, a dogwood in Washington DC or a dwarf Ginkgo in Del Mar, CA, Wildwood Nursery should be at the top of the list.  If we aren't, please excuse us - we're a bit distracted by the beauty around us.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Much Water?

Recently, customers from San Francisco asked how much water they need to give their new Winter Flame Japanese Maple.

In the picture, the Winter Flame may not look like it came from a 25gallon container and is 6' tall.  However it is!  The new owners followed Wildwood Nursery instructions to a T when they planted it.  The tree is mounded up high and rocks around the base hold the soil in place - functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The first step is to fill a 5 gallon bucket about half way and see if the roots quickly absorb the water.  They should.  The next step would be to adjust a [rainbird] micro bubbler  so that it sprays to the edge of root ball.  Then, determine how long the micro bubbler takes to fill a bucket halfway.  Run the micro bubbler every two or three days.

Most importantly keep an eye on the plant if weather changes abruptly!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Genie On A Branch

Most of the flowering trees at Wildwood Nursery are dogwoods.

One of the exceptions is the dwarf Magnolia x Genie.  This magnolia makes people stop and stare.  Many magnolia blossoms start a deep purple.  When they open, the blossoms have a heavy white blush.  Genie holds the deep magenta purple.  With sunlight shining through the petals, this tree glows.

Genie is now on our website.  We have many three foot tall Genies available and one large tree this spring.  Call 707.833.1161 to order the six foot tree.

To see more magnolias in bloom visit Quarryhill and San Francisco Botanic Garden.

Monday, February 16, 2015

40th Anniversary

Last night, the big SNL anniversary party was in New York.  Slightly farther from the spotlight, Wildwood also celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015. 

In 1975, Wildwood was a small dot on the map.  Now, the dot that counts is placement on google maps.  An online presence is not enough; mobile commerce is expected.  If you said Shopify in the 70's, people would have said 'shopifly??'.

In the beginning, Wildwood sold natives.  We still do, they're just native to other continents.  Wildwood sells plants that deserve a place in the landscape.  The California lifestyle is about extending boundaries, blurring boundaries, and being outdoors.   That's what we try to live at Wildwood.

Wildwood plants add feeling to a place.  Maybe that's why we ship plants nationwide; some are not far from Studio 8H.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In The Event Of Rain

There will be no rain delay for Dogwoods & Daphnes at Wildwood.

We prepared the plants for what to do in the event of rain.  Everything will operate as normal at Wildwood.  The rain will not interrupt the normal watering schedule for the plants.  They are on a winter schedule which simulates rain.

Visitors can expect healthy plants that are ready to be transplanted.  We will explain how to continue the winter schedule and make adjustments for spring and summer. 

Daphnes and Dogwoods will not break your watering budget this year.  They require regular watering which is easy to establish.  The rewards are worth the water.