Sunday, February 28, 2016

Helping Out

The plant world is full of new and unusual experiences.  Life beyond the plant world offers many more fun opportunities.

Volunteering in the community is a great balance to solitary work in the garden.  And grade school age kids kick the energy level up.  ROCK [Real Options for City Kids] offers a skill drills program on the weekend.  The kids bounce, jump, leap, run, dribble, and shoot their way through the morning exercises.  They actually do improve noticeably.

Take care of the flora and the fauna!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pruning On Cloud 9

Cloud 9 Vineyards called Wildwood to prune their fruit trees this year. 

It had been some time since the trees were pruned in a prudent manner.  The espalier apple and pears were losing their form, the citrus were weighed down with fruit, and the large apple was a cobweb of branches.

After a day of work, the trees regained some recognizable form.  Hopefully they will produce a bumper 2016 crop!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring Preview

Spring has sprung at Wildwood!

At least the decorations have.  We're tidying up for a weekend of daphnes and dogwoods.  The lilac daphnes and daphne marginatas are both blooming!  Lots of fragrance and lots of cheery colors for so early in the season.

There will be a tour of the dogwoods and presentation both Saturday and Sunday to help gardeners understand all the different varieties. 
Take part and take home some daffodils as well!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Negative Ions

The last four years, hikers have had a difficult time finding negative ions.  These are commonly found under waterfalls and offer numerous health benefits.

Fortunately, this winter it is much easier to find waterfalls and the negative ions they create.  One great place for hiking and waterfalls is Mt. Tam.   Almost every valley has a small stream feeding into a larger one.  Zig zagging up the hill is great exercise and offers numerous resting places to enjoy pool and drop waterfalls!