Monday, June 20, 2016

Gardening For The Environment

Saturday was field trip day. The destination was a garden oasis in the middle of San Francisco's Inner Sunset District.

A few blocks from the SF Botanic Garden, Garden for the Environment is an urban gardening hub.  With a landscape that has a heavy [trees weighed down with fruit] focus on edibles and lots of flowers for pollinators, the staff demonstrates how to maximize space in small settings.

Tours are self guided.  Sign up to be a member and get 10% off plants at Wildwood Nursery!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rafting the American

It seems like a decade ago that I spent almost every summer weekend guiding trips on the American.  It has been.

Until last weekend, it had been two years since I had even touched an oar.  It was a silly feeling to be in a boat without having command of its direction.  We went through the first turn sideways, into an eddy, and heading upstream.  In the other raft, Steve thought the episode was hilarious.
 
By the time we reached Satan's Cesspool, I could slow the raft and turn it so the person I wanted to soak got splashed with the main wave.  I wish that skill translated to the 9-5 week. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cheerful Plant Combos


With barely 8 months in the ground, the plants in this Santa Rosa garden are growing like weeds.

One planting bed has Daylilies with Lomandra in front of Tropicana Cannas plus a Golden Smokebush and Plumbago.  The maples and dogwoods are still very young.

Another planting bed has Dwarf Agapanthus, Watsonia, and Lomandra in front of a cascading Ruby Falls Redbud and espalier Sasanqua Camelias [sun tolerant].

The homeowners enjoy hosting parties and everyone gives the garden rave reviews.  Garden design by Studio Wildwood.