Monday, December 22, 2014

Climbing Mt. Diablo

Most people consider hiking a summer sport.  In California, that means heat, dust, and a brown landscape.

In the winter, the experience is much more enjoyable.  Temperatures hover in the 50's, the fields are green, and the waterfalls are in full effect.

The route up Mt. Diablo takes the better part of a day - if rest stops are a priority.  The surrounding hills were shrouded in mist - it felt like we were in the Andes looking over the jungle.  There was even a rainbow sighting!

The great part about reaching the Mt. Diablo summit is less adventurous folks can drive [or bike] to the top for the same views!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Season of Giving

A great stocking stuffer is a membership to a botanic garden.

Members enjoy a whole host of benefits, including discounts at local nurseries!  Wildwood donates plants to the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden and the SF Botanic Garden.  We also give 10% off purchases to members of those organizations.

For people who don't have a backyard, a botanic garden is a great place to wander and even get their hands dirty volunteering with staff at the garden.  There's often parties and events throughout the year for members of the garden.

Support public gardens and reap the benefits!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Updated Profile Photo

Earlier this week, I was in Healdsburg, CA pruning trees at several different residences.

The morning visit was a new location for me.  When I met the owner, one of the first things she said was, "you look even younger than you do in the [pruning] video".  People often tell me I look young or group me into a young demographic without asking my age.  Hearing I look younger in person than I do in a five year old video was a new one though!

It is fascinating how challenging it can be to get people to focus on a plant or their garden after they start commenting on how [young/old] I look.  It's not like I toss into phone conversations that I've been gardening for over 20 years.  Gardening from 13 - 33 can be just as educational as gardening from 43 - 63, right? 

It seems logical to me to talk about plants and gardens when I'm working.  I do prefer to write in the third person here, especially since google likes it when I link 'Wildwood' to the nursery's website.

I did cave in and update my photo on the sidebar.  Maybe I looked too old in the first one or maybe now I look younger - who knows.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weather To Buy Or Sell

Weekend Wall Street Journal readers might recognize this headline! Wildwood doesn't have insider tips on Maple futures. However, we do have a weather related suggestion. 

The drought's still on every gardener's mind but the recent rains are relieving stress. They're also bringing a lot of water. In the case of standing water, this can be bad. Unless you're growing water lilies and a Taxodium, most plants hate swamps. It rots their roots! 

Try to provide places for water to go. Preferably in your yard where it can soak down to your local aquifer! 


Monday, December 8, 2014

The Fir That Keeps On Giving

The egos of the Dwarf Korean Firs at Wildwood are beginning to get a little bloated.

With all the attention they're getting, it's going to their needles.  The latest PR blitz on them is Sunset Magazine's gift guide giveaway.  Folks had to enter on Sunset's FB page and an entry from all the way in Louisiana won.

So one lucky Fir will be getting on a plane to the Big Easy.  We won't be surprised if the paparazzi take photos of it causing a scene on Bourbon Street.

If you do decide to get one, try to shield it from the limelight!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Visit to Asian Art Museum

Coins hanging from branches
My visit to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco Sunday was full of discoveries.  Such as, money does grow on trees.

Secondly, the term 'Asian' dates back to the Greeks and Romans who decided they would call anything East of the Ural River [flows into Caspian Sea] Asian.  This geographical concept masks the religious, cultural, ethnic, and yes gardening, diversity within this area.

As populations moved out of Mesopotamia, and later trade routes developed, communities adapted and borrowed rituals and customs from other regions.  We are still adapting and borrowing from other cultures.

Creating a 'California Garden' can be as Japanese as an 'Indian Garden' is Persian.

Stare at the clouds and puzzle on that for awhile.  Oh, in one Hindu belief system elephants resemble clouds.  Therefore, they symbolize prosperity and fertility.