Thursday, December 31, 2015

Heading Higher Into 2016

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This Cedrus deodora 'Pendula' looked a little too droopy this past week.  Tucked in an out of the way part of the garden, it was hidden from view.

That needed to change.  Luckily, there is a massive stand of timber bamboo a few feet from the Cedrus.  Where some people see bamboo, other people see stakes!

The bamboo was nice enough to donate stalks to use as tripods for the Cedrus branches.  Thanks to a friend, the Cedrus branches arch up and out. 

It already looks like it will have a spectacular 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Maple Glade in Monte Rio, CA

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The variety of landscapes in Sonoma County is staggering.  It is easy to travel from Tuscany to Seattle on the roads that crisscross the county.

A recent visit to Monte Rio, reminded us of a scene from the Pacific Northwest.  Towering Douglas Firs shade western sword ferns and native huckleberry.  One resident thinned the canopy of Douglas Fir to provide light for a grove of young Japanese Maples.  Bright Coral Bark Maples, deep red Emperor Maples, and soft Lace Leaf Maples simultaneously contrast and enhance the native foliage.

In a few years, it could look like Japan.  Or, with a group pruning effort from Studio Wildwood and the homeowners, it could look like Sonoma.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mediterranean Garden

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Fall planting is in full swing!  This time Studio Wildwood redesigned a Redwood City front lawn.

Out is the 90/10 tall fescue blend.  In are English Lavender, Collingwood Ingram Rosemary, Amazing Red Flax,  Karl Foerster Grasses, and Russian Sage.

There but not visible [yet] are Dutch Master and Fortissimo Daffodils for Spring.  And for summer, Gladiator Alliums [6" purple flowers] will jazz things up.

Can you see the Grace Smokebush in the background?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Raised Rock Bed Planter

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A Mill Valley, CA home had an empty 15' long raised planter beneath it's front stairs.

Wildwood's inspiration for the planting scheme comes from a similar size planter at One Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco.  The planter combines succulents, grasses, perennials, and palms.

The newly planted Mill Valley bed has all that minus the palms.  With names like 'Black Knight', 'Citronelle', 'Pork n Beans', 'Coral Wave', 'Orange Vanilla Popsicle', 'Zwartkop', and 'Seascape', the plants have promise!

By spring, the oranges, yellows, and purple-black tones should be in full force!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fall Chores

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Pruning is only one thing on the checklist for this time of year.

All the mulch that accumulated over the year around the trees can be raked away.  The rain will penetrate faster and the water won't puddle around trunks.  Plus, any groundcover that grew too close to trunks can be pulled away.  The groundcover will steal water and slow it from soaking into the ground for trees.  Ivy is the worst culprit [see picture].

Any pruning cuts made near the base of the tree need to be kept free of dirt and weeds.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dreaming of Sails

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This time of year, many people in the Northern Hemisphere are thinking about folding up their shade sails.  We recently visited a garden that has a great shade sail arrangement.

Plus, the real purpose of the sales isn't shade!  It's to protect giant koi from predators.  Apparently, if egrets and other birds can't see the koi from the sky, they don't drop to the ground to investigate further.

This garden has cool koi and a sculptural display of triangular mesh!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

California Lantern

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Lanterns add instant intrigue to garden nooks.  Grouped with daphnes, lomandra, hydrangea for low highlights and camellias, maples, cercis for high shelter, this stone lantern pulls several elements together.

At a height of 24" and balanced on a large stone, the lantern provides a solid foil for all the soft foliage.  The wide hood is an easy resting place for the eye, with all the leaf shapes and colors radiating into the distance.

For special evening occasions or a random Wednesday, a candle can cast a soft glow over the garden, adding to the mood.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pine Street Progress

Studio Wildwood redesigned the front yard[s] of a two story Victorian in the old town part of Sausalito.

There are actually three separate sections on the street side.  They each have their own personality.  The full sun section is predominantly succulents, grasses, and citrus.  The other two are a mix of perennials, flowering shrubs, and ground covers.  See recent photos at

https://www.facebook.com/Studio-Wildwood-1667672263469433/
The main them is deep purples and reds to contrast with the yellow fa├žade.  By Spring, the 'after' photos should be much more impressive!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sausalito Part Deux

Wildwood started a new [pruning] project in Sausalito today.

The massive ornamental pear needed thinning and reducing before new plants are added.  The tree shrunk but there is still a ways to go before the ridgeline is visible from the porch!  That will happen next June.

Soon, the cactus will shift to the side yard and a much more colorful palette will enter the yard.  The plant collecting is at full bore now sourcing all the perennials!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

End of Summer Party

Summer farewell parties are bittersweet unless it's Indian Summer!  Last Sunday, the owners of one of Wildwood's gardens threw a neighborhood party.

Many of the roses, digiplexis, hydrangeas, geraniums, eupatoriums, and guaras cooperated with late season blooms.  The table floral decorations added extra punch while the outdoor bar created a rosy filter.  See pics on Wildwood's facebook.

Many of the attendees were from Loudmouth [think the US curling team pants...] and Haute Flash [the band] jazzed things up!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Morning After Rain

The skies washed away months of dust and haze, leaving pristine views early this morning on Adobe Canyon in Kenwood.

We pruned this naturally stunted fir tree to accentuate the layers.  One more touch up this winter should leave the tree looking like a giant bonsai.  Hint: lowering the top is the last step!

There are many more manzanitas and oaks in the garden that benefitted from selective pruning.  See
https://www.facebook.com/Studio-Wildwood-1667672263469433/timeline/for more photos including a surprise guest!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Sale Starts

Wildwood Nursery's annual sale is now officially on!

Newsletter subscribers did have an early jump on things this weekend.  Nevertheless, there are still tons of awesome deals sitting around the nursery.  From Japanese maples to ginkgos to dogwoods everything is 30% off.

Usually, the sale happens before fall color so folks have to imagine fall colors.  This year, many trees  have the bright scarlets, oranges, and gold of fall!  See fruits on the dogwoods and much more.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Visiting the Wildflower Center in Austin

It's one thing to take the virtual tour of the Wildflower Center on www.wildflower.org.  Walking through the gardens is an experience on a whole other level!

The common thread winding through the entire grounds is water.  The gardens use cisterns, aqueducts, waterfalls, creeks, and tanks to highlight how precious the resource is.

The landscape integrates a wide range of plants in an aesthetically pleasing and educational manner.  Everything from a Texas Persimmon to Ilex vomitora [don't eat the berries] grows in the gardens.

More pictures at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-Wildwood/1667672263469433

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stylish Lantern

Monday, Wildwood Nursery made a field trip to a private garden in the hills of Sonoma.

The garden has every ornament under the sun, from Chinese lanterns to Mediterranean vases.  One of the most striking pieces is a vintage Japanese lantern.  The rough hewn granite has smoothed 'rings' around the edge of the hood and base that accent its character. Faint inscriptions on the body add personality to the piece.

The lantern would look best along a winding path [no sharp turns] because of the round hood. 

Perhaps, we'll find a spot in the nursery to display a new lantern!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Osmosis at Tahoe

A long weekend in Tahoe is a great getaway. 

For folks in the plant world, the rewards are double.  Big vistas, warm water, and sandy beaches are the perfect distraction from a typical day.  AND, they expand the realm of possibilities for garden designs, plant displays, and plant growth habits.

Sandy Harbor is a cove about halfway up [or down] on the Nevada side that offers numerous amenities.  It has everything from Shakespeare performances to SUP rentals.  What more can one ask for?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fire Prevention

Hot, smoky conditions smothered Sonoma County all of last week.  The culprit - massive fires in the counties to the north and small scary flare ups in our own county.

For residents in fire prone areas, prevention is a mantra.  Judicious clearing and careful pruning of important focal points can create a landscape that is beautiful and safe.  The photo shows Oaks with their structure highlighted after careful pruning by Wildwood atop Adobe Canyon Rd.

Opening up sightlines and clearing away fuel can be a symbiotic approach that pleases the fire chief and the eye! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Forest of Digiplexis


Earlier this week, Wildwood was tending a garden in Sausalito while enjoying numerous summer blooms.

One outstanding plant is Digiplexis.  It's a cross between two species in the Digitalis [foxglove] family.  Digitalis and Isoplexis makes Digiplexis! 

Since the plant is a hybrid, it puts all its energy into making flowers, not seeds.  The result is a foxglove with super bright colors.

There is a 'stand' of Digiplexis in the front yard in Sausalito.  They're taking full sun and loving every second!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Menlo Park Gardens

Wildwood Nursery made a trip to Menlo Park, CA to deliver Japanese Maples and Dogwoods.

With google maps, the days of getting lost and discovering hidden garden gems are a thing of the past.  There was no hurry to get back to the nursery though.  We played car photography, stopping at gardens to capture the impressive elements.

There were numerous inviting entryways.  Everything from midcentury modern to Mediterranean cool.  Several front gardens had water features.  They were tasteful - loud enough but not over the top [pun intended].

The most striking feature was an attached gazebo with a top turret.  We need one at Wildwood!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Planting in 100 Degrees

In the summer, people love to ask "Is this a good time to plant?".

Of course, they're expecting an emphatic "NO, disturbing the plant will shock it".

At Wildwood, we transplant all year round.  Moving a plant from a container to the ground often does the plant a favor.  The ground is cooler than a container, the drainage is better, and it can be done with very little disturbance to the roots.

In this Sonoma garden, a combination of shade umbrellas and shade cloth will provide relief from the 100 degree temperatures.  The plants have their root zone bubblers for [extra] water and should pass through summer with flying colors!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Land Sea Air

Today, we experienced a new challenge during pruning.  The Tide!

In parts of Belvedere, CA, the only way to reach certain branches is from the beach.  At low tide, strategically placed rocks provide a solid footing for the orchard ladder.  As soon as the water started lapping at the ladder's legs it was time to hightail it back up to the deck.

The tree wants to lean over the water [wind and sun] so it was important to trim from every angle!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sugarloaf Views

The subjects of typical pruning visits are .... Japanese maples!  After all, that is one of Wildwood's specialties.

There are other trees that need attention! Like native oaks, manzanitas, and bays.  In the case of manzanitas, it's mostly about clearing space around them.  Without clutter, they are a blaze of red!

Next to Sugarloaf Park, the oaks are extra gnarled and the manzanitas are windswept sideways.  This young oak is at the entrance.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Connecticut Blue Patio

Here's a photo of a flagstone patio that Studio Wildwood recently completed in Sausalito.

The Connecticut Blue flagstone mirrors the blue siding of the cottage and garage.  The wild edges of flagstone compliment the fern hedge along the garage.  There were a few saw cuts to get the pieces to fit closely though!

The patio sits in the one sunny corner of the garden off of a small [FSC Certified] redwood deck.  There will be more [evening] photos soon without glare off the stone!

Monday, June 22, 2015

West County Zen Garden

Last Friday, we took a field trip to Occidental to visit a master woodworker.  Barton now divides his time between woodworking and practicing Buddhism.
He is a Buddhist priest who hosts retreats in his sanctuary garden.  The property is a combination food forest, redwood grove, blackberry maze, and retreat center.  The food forest is ablaze with color - nasturtiums, dahlias, poppies, lettuce, flowering vines, chard, sunflowers and more.  His philosophy of not fighting anything [pests, weeds, etc] is working wonderfully.
He also took a moment to weigh in on how we can use the old growth redwood on our water tank.  The pictures of the structures he built [Larry Ellison's compound] are inspiring!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Starts In Sausalito

The mercury hiked up to the 90's in Sausalito today.  The roses love it.  The dogwoods love it.  The lilies love it.

I wasn't quite ready for it so I ended up taking pictures.  Most of the plants were transplanted [and cut back] in the winter so they're still spreading their roots. 

The large Princess Flower stayed in one place and is covered in buds.  Pink Satomi dogwoods are blooming on either side of it.  The deck trellis in the background is one of the few cool spots in the entire garden.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Miniature Zen Garden

 

Wildwood Nursery now offers an assortment of miniature zen gardens for table settings and pedestal displays.

All these container size gardens have a sculptural centerpiece that range from smokebushes to firs to maples.  A complimentary fern or grass grouping sits next to the centerpiece.  Aquarium rock provides a soft finished look for mounded soil.  Many of the zen gardens also feature a prominent stone.

These miniature zen gardens are great gifts for the space challenged gardener.  They look great from all angles or against a solid backdrop!  Call the nursery for availability.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Saving Water In Sausalito

Sausalito is often called the California Riviera because .... it has a Mediterranean climate!

So being water conscious is smart.  And avoiding lawns goes a long way to achieving that.

But flat green spaces are nice, especially if you're a west highland terrier that likes to frolic.

The answer is vinca minor.  Shiny evergreen leaves carpet the ground with bright periwinkle blue flowers. 

Lunch breaks for Studio Wildwood are a bit longer since the town is so walkable and the delis are super tasty - other Riviera similarities!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Water Tank

Until the middle part of last century, the Wildwood Nursery property was a working dairy.

There are many relics from that era on the property.  The coolest one is a nine foot tall, twelve foot wide circular redwood water tank.  The dairymen pumped water from the Kenwood Marsh into it for summer storage.  It currently sits at the top of the property in its original position.

That could change this summer.  We are beginning exploratory work to raise the tank and move it a more visible location.  Next week, we will insert 6" x 6" x 13' steel beams under the tank.  These beams will support the tank as we carefully lift it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

On The Edge Of Yosemite

Western red cedars were an emerald green last weekend.  The waterfalls were thundering.  Dogwoods were blooming.

And the cliffs were vertigo inducing.  Mountains are always like that but I'm rarely sitting on the brink.  Looking down is far more effective than a triple latte.

Looking up at waterfalls is more my speed.  Thankfully, we stopped at lower Yosemite falls, Vernal falls, and Nevada Falls.  Lunching at the pool above Nevada falls was definitely a highlight.

The national parks are waiting. Visit!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Day 1 At SFBG

There were folks from Iowa buying snowcloud ginkgos, a familiy from the peninsula carrying off a huge A. campestre Carnival, and curators from other botanic gardens all under the same roof.

The reason? SFBG's May sale.  It attracts weekend gardeners from down the block and hardcore gardeners from around the Bay Area.

Why?  A chance to snag rare and unusual plants that love growing in the Bay Area.

Walk away with great plants WHILE donating to the garden.

Sound awesome?  Wildwood Nursery will see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May Day SF Sale

Every year the San Francisco Botanic Garden has a LARGE annual sale.

Wildwood Nursery is very fortunate to be able to participate in the sale.  All of the attendees are avid plant enthusiasts.  They buzz around the building loading up their carts with new treasures.

Some of those treasures will be Wildwood plants.  We'll be handpicking from our extensive inventory in the next few days the plants that will be traveling to SF. 

It promises to be a great show. Stop by! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Enthusiastic Enkianthus

Great woodland gardens always have twinkling color amidst the greenery.  This rhododendron relative provides understated drama above groundcovers.  Planting it with Dicentra [Bleeding Heart], Solomon's Seal, and Epimedium is a great way to highlight Enkianthus's small stature.

The bell shaped flowers deserve close inspection.  Like mini lamp shades, they radiate energy in shady spots.

Visit Wildwood Nursery to see them among the maples and dogwoods.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tree Peony Blooms

What's that big maroon flower in the middle of the nursery?

Maroon flower? Can you show... Ohhh, it's a tree peony.

That's an actual conversation from the weekend. 

Since we don't sell peonies anymore it's easy to forget that there are 'big maroon flowers' [they're actually more magenta!] in the middle of Wildwood Nursery.

Peonies reward patient gardeners with massive blooms.  Sleep [year one] creep [year two] leap [year three, flowers!] as the saying goes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Video

We could write daily blog posts about all the foliage and flowers at Wildwood Nursery in the Spring.

We chose to videotape all the foliage and flowers instead!  During the editing process, the footage did get whittled down.  To under a minute actually.  Think of the video as an appetizer.

There is much more to see.  And there is much more that has yet to happen.  The oriental dogwoods - Cornus kousa - will be blooming shortly.  The Japanese maples are still unfurling their leaves.

 https://vimeo.com/124232825

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

East Coast Dogwoods on the West Coast

 
Spring has sprung at Wildwood Nursery!

The real eye catchers now are the dogwoods.  The east coast dogwood [Cornus florida] is at its peak for blooms! Cloud 9, a white selection, and Cherokee Brave, a pink selection, are covered in blooms all around the nursery.

The dogwood section seems to expand this time of year as we move dogwoods so people can enjoy their full magnificence.  There are groupings of dogwoods at every twist and turn of the paths at Wildwood.

This is one of the few times where the West Coast is ahead of the East Coast  It will probably be at least another four weeks before those folks can even think about a dogwood bloom!

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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Grapestake Fence Marches In

Wildwood salvaged several sections of grapestake fence from a home remodel for 'new' displays in the nursery.

The weathered pickets have a very versatile look.  They would fit in a coastal setting, in an English manor, and in an Asian garden.  Of course, they look great in a California garden!

Even with bare branches, plant silhouettes look very mysterious against the wood.  So far there are two displays ready, more will appear shortly!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cue the Magnolias

Winter in the West is about quince, camellias, daphnes, and magnolias.

Reds, Pinks, Whites, and Purples dot the gardens around the coast.  These bright spots are super showy in a landscape of fallen leaves and bare branches.

Magnolias are the loudest and largest plants in the winter landscape.  The blooms can be enormous - some measure 16" across.  Even the 'smaller' flowers pack a punch.  See Exhibit A to the left.

Small spaces that need a shot in the arm this winter could use Magnolia 'Genie'.  This dwarf is ideal for residential spaces and homeowners alike.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dogwood Care

Dogwood trees are an interesting bunch.  They grow on several different continents in many different climates, from the snowy Chinese mountains to the humid Eastern US.

One would think Cornus florida, native to the east coast, would like hot muggy conditions.  Wrong.  Too much moisture - humidity or fog - can lead to mildew.  The trees will live, bloom, and grow except the leaves shrink and curl up with black.  Definitely unsightly.

One course of action is to spray them with a specialty fungicide.  Dow AgroSciences makes Eagle 20EW [active ingredient myclobutanil] that wards off mildew.

There are hybrids, like Cherokee Brave, that have been bred to be more resistant to mildew.  The main thing to remember is Dogwoods are worth the fuss!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Feelin Blue

We returned from a trip to Oregon after a healthy dose of rain, cold, and conifers.  It is actually refreshing to feel the rain pounding down, skate through muddy puddles, and experience some semblance of winter.

The grey shrouded landscape has certain ethereal qualities that fit with twisty, floppy conifers.  The picture to the left is an early morning photo from a private garden west of Portland.  The weeping Cedar in the middle is the variety 'Feelin Blue'. 

Trios of conifers can be the best part of a winter garden.  The big pine in the background, a small chamaecyparis in the foreground have their time in the limelight during the grey winter days.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Daphnes & Dogwoods

Spring is right around the corner right?  Well, it can't hurt to fantasize.  And with the right stimulant, dreaming about spring color is effortless.

The lilac daphne is the plant that gets everyone excited about gardening during the winter.  Bare branches explode with color in late January, early February. This daphne instantly turns a bleak yard into a garden.  That's why we're having a Feb 7 & 8 event to showcase it.

Alongside the Daphne will be Wildwood's Dogwoods.  They'll be blooming too, technically speaking.  The small flower probably won't be surrounded by the showy bracts that most people call the flower...  Still, Daphnes and Dogwoods are pretty nice prelude to spring.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Plant Resolutions

Plants like to make resolutions.  We took a poll of the plants at Wildwood and here are the top five.

1. Lose more leaves.  Some plants still have leaves from last year.  They hope the birds will help out at nesting time and remove the stubborn leaves around the middle that are sheltered from the wind.

2. Eat more trace nutrients.  Plants would like to have more mulch this year to improve soil health and make it easier for young roots to grown.  This should help with nutrient uptake.

3.  Find branches that fit.  Sometimes early warm weather makes the plants too excited and they send out long shoots in the spring.  Those branches look odd later in the summer though.

4.  Find companion plants.  Every plant wants to be complimented with other good looking plants around them.

5.  Find a permanent home.  Plants don't like constantly moving from one display to the next.  Photo shoots are all right but they would rather be in a garden where they can spread their roots.