Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poppies for Buddha

Everyone likes flowers.  Sometimes giving flowers can be just as rewarding as getting flowers.

For some reason, it seemed like a good time to give Buddha Matilija Poppies this past weekend.  The poppy beside the entrance to Wildwood is blooming its head off and looks spectacular.  It wasn't going to miss three flowers.

Buddha looked a little more cheerful with the poppies.  We'll be keeping our eyes open for June flowers at Wildwood Nursery...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wow With Watsonias

Raise your hand if you like Gladiolas.  If you did, you'll like Watsonias too!

They're both in the Iris family so they're practically cousins.  Watsonias are native to South Africa where all they like is sun and occasional water.  That makes them perfect for California.  Since they are a bulb, they will slowly clump out and multiply.

They add an extra hit of color - bright pinks and oranges - in late Spring.  Here is a salmon Watsonia next to Japanese Maples, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, Peony, and Agapanthus.

Garden design by Studio Wildwood.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Snap Pop Pom

May flowers are turning heads in this Sausalito Garden.

A single California Poppy provides all the orange this tiny garden can handle!  The pink snap dragon seeded itself from last year's snaps.  The bright pink and the orange even compliment each other! Big pom poms of color from the hydrangea in the background round out the colorful trio.

Soon the pomegranate flowers will swell into fruits.  Then it will be a tasty and colorful garden!

Garden design by Studio Wildwood.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May Pruning

Many Japanese Maple owners want to know if they can prune a little of this spring's bumper crop of new growth.  Of course!

Light pruning of pencil size branches rarely damages a tree.  If new growth is snipped so that it no longer bends under its own weight, a tree will look much more dignified.

Getting carried away can create serious problems though.  Foliage is the tree's sunscreen and protects the bark from burning.  It's preferable to have a tree with a bad hair day [or hair month] than a tree with scorched bark.

Tree Pruning by Studio Wildwood.