Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Winter View

With the Daffodils out and the trees budding at Wildwood, it's easy to think about Spring.  Not so fast, Winter deserves its due.

This view, looking up at the stone overlook, shows two weeping firs flanking a weeping cedar.  These evergreens contrast nicely with the bare branches of the Valley Oak in the background and the tan bark of the Madrone.

Big rocks and big evergreens seem to go hand in hand.  The cascading, meandering shapes of the fir and cedar soften the view.  Playful and impressive!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tennessee Valley Trail

A great midweek hike in Marin is the Marin Headlands.  The short Tennessee Valley Trail takes you from an inland equestrian center along a one mile trail to the Pacific Ocean.

The trail sits in a valley floor runs alongside a fairly decent size creek.  The combination of bog plants, valley grasses, hillside chaparral, and windswept trees offers fantastic scenery.  There's plenty of opportunities to take pictures and soak in the vistas on a bench.

That's all before arriving at the beach.  It's a narrow beach with soft sand and loud crashing waves.  The trail is well marked but it's easy to get lost in the surroundings!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February Gardening

Wildwood is working on a residential project that has established Maples and Smokebushes.

The task is to liven up the spaces in between and around the edges with perennial plantings and bulbs.  With a combination of salvia, kniphofia, aster, eupatorium, iris, sedum, penstemon, and lysmachia, we hope to do just that.  Besides adding color, a secondary goal is to have the plants carpet the ground.  This green layer should block sunlight from weeds and shade the soil.

The picture shows the new plants in one of the front planting areas.  Throughout the process the volunteer California Poppies have stood their ground.  They're a big reason orange is part of the new color scheme!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Early Evening Glow

This is a garden that Wildwood has been working on for almost a year now.  The patience is beginning to show.

Now, the x-shaped boxwood hedge is clearly defined.  The roses are undergoing their mid winter pruning.  They still have a few blooms hanging on due to unusually warm weather in San Francisco.  The grey sage that alternates with the roses is peeking above the boxwood in some spots.

This garden's style is a great counterbalance to many of the decidedly informal gardens that Wildwood undertakes.