Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Before, Before, Before

Everyone likes the after pictures.  They show a landscape in its best light.

There's quite a bit of work involved in getting those pictures.  A blank canvas great - do something with it.  Here's a [gutted] house in Mill Valley, CA with a mature Japanese Maple in the front yard.  And weeds.  The backyard is 3000 sq ft.

The after pictures are in progress.  There's tractors involved, a living wall, and lots of greenery.  Once we load the tractor back on the trailer we'll have time to document the changes.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bigger Bee's Bliss

This past June, Studio Wildwood designed a garden for the entrance to a hillside Sausalito, CA house.

What a difference five months makes!  The Salvia Bee's Bliss is knitting together nicely.  This fragrant groundcover unifies the entire space, leaving room for accents like the Matilija Poppy and Rhododendrons.

In June, the tree fern peeked out from the corner.  Now it's unfurling new fronds and holding it's own.  The Tristania's are even a foot taller.  Soon they'll cast even more shade for the Sword Ferns and Iris.

Spring [and Winter] promises to be bigger yet.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

And, We're Back

Phew, we needed some time to recover from celebrating the blog's one year anniversary.  The plants have their healthy glow back, just in time for fall color.

We didn't actually take three weeks off.  There are some notable accomplishments that are being photographed as of press time. They'll be up in the coming weeks.

Grafting our dwarf Ginkgos was one of our first tasks after the celebration.  Look how small they are when they start!  When we show people this, it is easier for them to understand why three and four year old dwarfs are so small and so expensive.  Well, not so expensive when one considers the growth rate.

By 2015, these Ginkgos should be ready for the display shelves.  You knew them back before they hit the big stage though!