Far Out Flora

Please stay off the Liriope

October 29, 2012 by Megan Speckmann | 10 Comments

Please stay off the Liriope

We took advantage of one of the last warm days around to catch some late Autumn action at Olbrich Botanical Gardens last week before all the leaves fell. The freeze got a bunch of stuff a couple weeks ago. It was a sad day.

Bridge to Thai Pavilion

Thai Pavilion

Crazy Cabbage

I love ornamental cabbage & kale. Next year I vow to have more of both out back.

What’s this?

I even took a pic of the tag of this plant, but deleted it. Since moving back to Wisconsin my botanical Latin has gone down the tubes. I used to be so good, but it took lots of time to look up every damn plant I took a pic of. I googled that stuff to make sure my spellings were right on, but don’t have the time for that sort of shenanigans anymore. *update, there has been a positive identification of Amsonia hubrichtii by facebook fan George, thanks George!



Matti & Zoe

Shorts and sandals weather last week, not so much this week…

Cuckoo For Ornamental Kale & Cabbages

November 5, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 10 Comments

Dahlias & Kale Bouquet

My last Wisconsin post was kind of a downer… so I’m switching over to something a little cheerier, ornamental kale & cabbages. I love Annie’s Kale ‘Crane Red’ (next time it’s around I’m planting it). Back when I was in middle school I planted an entire colony of the biggest, craziest, most outrageous decorative cabbages in at least a five mile radius, from seed. It was one of my proudest young gardening moments. Cars would even slow down to check them out and children would stop to count them in awe. During my trip back, I took lots of pictures of Brassica family members including the above, at the Dane County Farmers’ Market (the biggest & best in the country, I may add). Before moving to California, my dream was to buy a little farmette near Madison, where I would grow mass quantities of cut flowers every year to sell at farmer’s markets and weddings.

Dane County Farmers' Market

That could be me in twenty five years, but I don’t think I’d be able to cope with real winters again.

Crazy Cabbage

More gratuitous pictures of kale and cabbages I saw while back in Wisconsin.

Atwood Community Gardens

Market Bouquets

Off the Bike Path on the way to Olbrich

Cut Flower Kale Fest