Olbrich on Monday

Last night we had some torrential rain and light hail.  I heard later that the south side of Janesville had significant hail and some communities nearby had “golf-ball sized” hail!  Yowza!  That would have shredded up the gardens but we didn’t see much of a mess this morning aside from the usual mud and messy paths with debris.  We needed the rain but “fast and furious” is never good for the rate of precipitation!  We had a very productive day although I didn’t get many photos due to trying to keep up with all the “brush fires” and pressing tasks.  These next couple of weeks are by far the busiest of the year.  I thought I’d share some photos I took on a sunny evening this past Monday to give everyone their “plant fix”.  I had a presentation on tropical plants at the Sun Prairie Library which is a neat facility and always make time to swing through Olbrich when I’m travelling through.  It’s also refreshing to still see kids getting books and actually reading!

Our grounds staff today included Larry H., Larry O., Janice, Cindy, Bobby K. and me.  Everyone had a busy day and aside from some brief showers, we were able to get some garden work done as well as knock off a slew of indoor tasks including the processing of incoming plants that need to be potted up (plugs, cannas, etc.).  Our excellent garden volunteers included Alan, Kathy P., Bonnie, Peg, Jim, Dave, Vern, Ron Y., Maury, Marv B., Jim, Dick H., Lisa I., three RECAPPERS, Dr. Gredler, the Chestnut House volunteers and many more.

Olbrich Botanical Garden (OBG) in Madison, WI always does a great job with containers – these are their spring arrangements

Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) – perennial bulb

striped squill (Puschkinia libanotica) – perennial bulb

do you count seven turtles?

trout lily (Erythronium americanum) – perennial

glory-in-the-snow (Chionodoxa sp.) above and below – perennial bulb

‘Leonard Messel’ magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri) – woody tree