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
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!