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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!

 

Reflection

Matti & Zoe

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

Addicted to Instagram

October 14, 2012 by Megan Speckmann | 11 Comments

Tillandsia funckiana

It’s official, I’m addicted to Instagram. I needed a new stationary hobby to do while feeding Zoe in addition to watching lots and lots of bad tv (she eats a lot). Yesterday we went to Olbrich Botanical Gardens to check out the Bolz Conservatory and get out of the house for a little bit. Tillandsia funckiana is one of our faves and just happened to be blooming like crazy. I linked this top pic to my Instagram pic if you want to find me (they’re also on flickr). I’d love to have more Instagrammers to follow, my user name is faroutmegan & Matti is fofmatti.

Bromeliad Party

Lots of bros were doing their flowery thing at the Conservatory. They have a great assortment of them.

Checking out the Chenille Tree (Acalypha hispida)

Happy Tropicals

What’s this?

Didn’t grab the name of this cool flowered plant. Anyone know what it is?

Autumn Arrangement

I love decorative cabbages and kales… so much so I planted ones you’re supposed to eat out back and only gaze at them with love.

 

Summertime at Olbrich Gardens

September 18, 2012 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Brugmansia in a pot

So we’ve been blogging slackers since moving to Wisconsin. My pregnant hormones started out as sad and weepy, then transitioned to pissed off and angry. I would have been posting things like, “Nice use of way too much ugly red mulch, did you forget the plants?”, “It’s 107 degrees, I think we’ve moved to hell”, “Your lawn ornaments are terrible!” and other crabby things. It wasn’t a pretty time. We’re a fifteen minute walk from Olbrich Botanical Gardens here in Madison and it’s FABULOUS! I love that it’s continuously changing in ways that SF Botanical Garden just couldn’t pull off due to it’s ginormousness and year round need of upkeep. It was looking extra awesome this August. For all our summer Olbrich pics check out this link. If you didn’t hear already our baby is here and a week old today!

Zinnia

Dill and friends

Grass!

 

Joe Pye Weed

 

Euphorbia myrsinites, Donkeytail Spurge

Crazy Container

 

 

I Love You Olbrich Gardens

November 6, 2011 by Megan Speckmann | 7 Comments

Bolz Conservatory, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

I love Olbrich Botanical Gardens. It used to be a beautiful twenty minute bike ride from my old apartment, so I was there all the time. Especially during my old school photography class days. The outdoor gardens are totally free and the Bolz Conservatory only costs a buck. The Conservatory is always a great spot to visit for a little humidity and heat in the freezing, super dry months of January and February. Here’s a great little page from the website about their sustainability practices.

Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge'

If I was still living in Wisconsin, this would definitely be growing in my garden. Hardy to zone 4 and still looking super foxy in late October, you can’t really go wrong.

Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'

Wholly hotness!!! Another sweet plant that would be growing in my zone 4 Wisconsin garden if I still lived there. I didn’t even know what a Euphorbia was until I moved to California.

Euphorbia myrsinites magic

Here’s a shot from the rock garden section that was full to the brim with Euphorbia myrsinites. I’ve heard that it could be “weedy”, but it looks like it could make a rockin’ ground cover. Betcha it’s bunny proof, too. I also ran in to a sweet little patch of Euphorbia cyparissias rubrifolia while walking back downtown.

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst'

Okay, so this is pretty much a post about plants I’d grow if I lived back in Wisconsin. Love the chartreuse leaves & bright purple berries on this cutie.

Succulent kaleidoscope

There was a big old bowl full of sedums with a giant kaleidoscope set up. The bowl spins for succulenty visions.

Sedum 'Angelica'

More Sedum.

Thai Pavilion

No visit to Olbrich is complete without checking out the Thai Pavillion which was gifted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Government and the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Additional random fact from the website: “The pavilion is only one of four located outside of Thailand. The others are in Germany, Norway, and Hawaii.” Nice.

Colchicum autumnale

Naked Ladies of the midwest! Wikipedia claims that Colchicum autumnale is also approved by the USDA as a medication for gout. I’m going to shut up now and show you a bunch of cool meadow grass pictures that I love, but have no idea what they are.

Grassy Love

Happy Place

Gorgeous Grass

More grass

Want to see Olbrich in late May? Here are a bunch of posts from my trip back over a year ago (I went a little blog crazy):

Thai Pavillion in Madison

Succulents in Wisconsin

Shady Olbrich Gardens

Rosey Day Thursday

Peony Party

Sunken Meadow Garden