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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



March 13, 2011
by Megan

Annies Hodgepodge

About a month ago, I took the day off and head over to Annie’s Annual.  The sun was just coming up, and the plants were looking striking such as this Gazania krebsiana .  South African native…I read that this low … Continue reading