Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fair in San Francisco

It's time for the summer gardening fair at the SF Botanic Garden again!

Wildwood had so much fun last year that we're returning.  We'll be loaded to the gills with maples and ginkgos.  There are numerous one gallon maples that need much larger containers but we're feeling lazy.  They'll be on sale for $20.

The hybrids of the native dogwood, like C.n. Goldspot, have flowers!  If you can't wait till spring to see dogwoods blooming, stop by the fair.  We'd love to see you there.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Plants Arrive

Wildwood is transforming a backyard in the East Bay. One of the best parts of restoring a landscape is sprucing things up with fresh plants.  Today, a big truckload arrived.

There are Eddie's White Wonder Dogwoods, dwarf fruit trees and citrus, natives, and low water use grasses that will be going in the ground shortly.

They'll be sprinkled around a firepit, island deck, and plank walkway.  The 'After Pictures' should be ready around the first week of August.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

J Pop Festival 2014

This weekend Japantown and Union Square in San Francisco come alive with the music, shows, food, and activities that are part of Japanese culture.

Sleepy Japantown, with traditional bonsai, stationary, and textile stores, is the hip place to be with all the latest games, food trucks, dj's, and performances.  The days of massive gongs and kimonos are fading fast.  Now, stacks of speakers and platinum wigs are the preferred choice for younger generations.  It's possible to see how older styles influence the current generation but one has to look closely.

What does this mean for Japanese gardens and plants?!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mid Summer Presentation

Over the past weekend, close to 70 people attended Wildwood's presentations on Japanese Maples.

Exploring Dwarf Maples was the most popular presentation by far.  It's understandable since this is a wide topic.  Dwarf Maples can encompass lace leaf maples as well bushier varieties depending on one's perspective.  The talk covered the range in growth patterns for dwarf maples, seasonal color, leaf shapes, planting tips, and training dwarf maples.

The great thing about dwarf maples is they're great for any size garden or balcony!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Plant Care

Trees take summer off just like humans.  They soak up the rays and spend much of their time resting.

While they're not dormant, they're not exactly exerting themselves.  Generally, they're conserving energy for the next growth spurt in the fall.  This resting time is a great opportunity for humans to get off the lawn chair, rummage around in the shed for clippers, and do some light pruning.

In the spring, trees can send out long sprays of growth that make the outline of the tree look weird.  Clipping these sprays back by one half to two thirds can rein in the tree and recapture its glory.

When the fall growth spurt happens the tree will look much more balanced!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Annual Sale

Big News. Wildwood moved it's annual sale to July!

Starting today, you'll be able to purchase 33% more maples.  That's right, 33% off all maples - from 36" box Beni Kawa to our smallest dwarfs.  There are some maples that have an even bigger discount.  They're in the new sections we created last month.

The sale culminates with a series of talks July 11-13 on different aspects of maples.  Plan on gardening this month!