Indoor Productivity


When the rain arrived late this morning, we shuffled 20 folks (staff and volunteers) inside the Horticulture Center for some very productive tasks.  Above are some of the Chestnut House volunteers sorting tulip (Tulipa) bulbs among other duties.  More of their productivity can be seen further below.  The top photo is of one of many orange mushrooms we’ve seen nearby at the golf course.  With so much rain this summer, we’ve seen lots of mushrooms throughout the gardens.  Never eat mushrooms that aren’t identified!  “All mushrooms are edible, some only once” is an appropriate adage.  We did accomplish quite a bit of gardening both pre and post rainfall and had a great crew today.

Big John checked water features, watered containers, put up lights, tested lights and helped facilitate our myriad indoor projects today. Janice had some gardening duties then worked inside with the Chestnut House volunteers.  She later decorated obelisks for the Holiday Light Show (HLS) and had some other odds and ends.  Bobby K. continues to refine our power grid out in the gardens with many other improvements coming soon!  I had some appointments, placed some perennials and shrubs for installation and continue to prepare for the HLS and 2017!


fruits of the arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) – woody shrub


neat raised planter featuring ornamental hot peppers (‘Black Pearl’, ‘Black Olive’ and ‘Sedona Sun’ from top to bottom) – Capsicum annuum – annuals


‘Golden Dreams’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) – annual


foliage color still abounds near the gazebo garden – all annuals!


‘Miyazaki’ toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) looking good – perennial


Volunteers like Kathy above had a busy day both inside and outside!  Kathy and Eva (below) started with gardening until the rain showed up and then processed new LED lights inside (unpacking and preparing).  Gena, Myrt, Patty and Nancy also worked on processing LED lights (see below). Vicki and Steve processed lights but were able to also get out in the gardens before and after the rainfall to tidy up and collect spent annuals.  Marv tidied up his moss garden areas which are loving all of the recent precipitation.  Cheryl D. collected leaves, planted and when it rained, she cleaned up our break room and did a spectacular job!  Bill O. was in for some projects and we also saw Maury, Vern and many others.




Cheryl D. (above)


Myrt, Patty, Gena and Nancy (left to right) processing LED lights

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the Chestnut House volunteers did a great job today of sorting and bagging tulips and gathering hot peppers (Capsicum) – two photos above and three below

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1900 ‘Picture’ tulips (Tulipa) were sorted by our Chestnut House volunteers today for planting in smaller groupings of 25


nice assortment of various Habanero hot peppers (Capsicum) collected today by our Chestnut House volunteers!


field scabious (Knautia arvensis) – perennial


annual border in the sunken garden


Endless Summer® hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’) – woody shrub


‘Solar Eclipse’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) – perennial


‘Summer Jewel Red’ scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea) – annual


‘Purple Flash’ ornamental hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) – annual


colorful mushrooms (unknown species)


I had to swing by K&W Greenery (Janesville) today and always enjoy their seasonal displays!  Gourd-geous! (get it?)