Summer Road Trip and Blogging Friends

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Each day the information popping out of Washington appears to worsen and worse, and my blood stress is on an uphill climb.  I might actually use some backyard remedy!  Nothing like lopping off some useless stems and pulling some weeds to eliminate the frustration of feeling helpless.  However after all, it is a lot too chilly to do something like that in my backyard proper now.  Including to to the doom and gloom are the grey skies which just about have been continuous lately–sunny days have been few and much between.

Since I am unable to get out and truly backyard, let’s do the subsequent finest thing–take a digital tour of some gardens I visited this previous summer season with a gaggle of fellow Midwest gardeners.

That is the third yr that Beth of Plant Postings and I and some different Midwest running a blog mates and gardeners have met up for a day of backyard touring.  This yr we met in early September on the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. Olbrich incorporates sixteen acres within the metropolis, simply sufficiently small to walk via the complete backyard within the half-day we have been there.

We lastly had the proper day–after a scorching sizzling day the earlier yr and a chilly, wet day the yr earlier than that–with snug temperatures and loads of sunshine to benefit from the number of backyard areas and various plantings.

Earlier than we set off to discover, we have been welcomed by the director who gave us a short historical past and the mission of the gardens.  Months later, I do not bear in mind her identify nor do I bear in mind a lot about what she instructed us.  However I do bear in mind being impressed by Olbrich’s partnership with the College of Wisconsin and public colleges, particularly the writing workshops they provide. Are you able to think about a greater place to sit down and be impressed to write down?


The Perennial Backyard options a mixture of conifers, grasses, perennials, and a delicate stream.



One space is devoted principally to completely different sorts of grasses.


Though the gardens characteristic many native vegetation, tropicals and colourful annuals are additionally included.

Generally a shock can be ready across the nook as you stroll from one space to a different.

One of many issues I take pleasure in about visiting gardens like that is that I all the time come away with some new concepts for my very own backyard.  Annual salvia is one among my favorites, however mixing it with completely different shades of pink gomphrena, as they did right here, provides much more curiosity.


This Eryngium ‘Purple Sheen’ additionally caught my eye.


An uncommon plant that additionally caught all our eyes was this Gomphocarpus Physocarpus, also called Furry Balls.  Even when I had the area for this in my backyard, I am unsure I might need to clarify to guests what it was known as:)

One plant I do plan on including someplace in my backyard this yr is Calamint.  You possibly can’t inform from this picture however the bees have been swarming throughout this!  Doing a little analysis on this plant I found it is within the mint household, so I assume I might higher watch out simply the place I plant it, nevertheless, if I do not need it to take over.

The Monarchs have been out on this beautiful fall day, too, having fun with some tropical milkweed.

The Olbrich Backyard is residence to the one Thai pavilion within the U.S.  It was a present from the Thai authorities to the College of Wisconsin and was in-built Thailand, then disassembled and shipped to the U.S. the place Thai artisans re-assembled it.

The gold leaf etchings on the ceiling and inside partitions are gorgeous.


The realm surrounding the pavilion is planted to resemble an genuine Thai backyard.


After all, visiting a lovely backyard like that is all the time rather more enjoyable when you’ll be able to share it with different gardening fanatics.  Linda of Each Little World and Beth of Plant Postings take a second to cease in one of many lushly planted gardens.
Associates Beckie and Lisa of Greenbow have been my touring companions and made the drive as much as Madison an fulfilling gabfest:)


Blogger Danielle joined our group for the primary time this yr, and naturally, when gardeners get collectively, nobody is a stranger for very lengthy.  Danielle jogged my memory to not neglect the tactile fantastic thing about vegetation.

The Olbrich Botanical Gardens is certainly price a go to in case you are within the Madison, Wisconsin space.  After spending the morning right here, the six of us had a scrumptious lunch at a neighborhood deli/cafe and spent extra time getting acquainted and speaking about–what else?–gardening.


After lunch, Linda invited us to see her personal backyard.  She and her husband have spent the previous ten years changing their again yard right into a Japanese backyard, and all I can say is–Wow!  Their backyard deserves various images right here, so I’m going to attend until I hopefully have extra time to write down a complete submit about it.  Evidently, I used to be entranced by this serene getaway in the course of suburbia.

Our final cease of the day was on the Wisconsin Arboretum. The Arboretum is anxious with land sustainability and incorporates the world’s oldest restored prairie in addition to a small remnant of authentic prairie.

As a Grasp Naturalist, Beth volunteers right here and launched us to Susan who’s answerable for native vegetation on the Arboretum.  One of many highlights of our cease right here was listening to her speak in regards to the rusty-patched bumblebee, which has not too long ago been placed on the Endangered Species record.  This uncommon bee has been noticed on the Wisconsin Arboretum, one of many few locations within the Midwest the place it may possibly nonetheless be discovered.


We loved strolling the paths via the tall fall-blooming prairie vegetation, however finally the mosquitos acquired one of the best of us and we determined to name it a day.

I’ve attended just a few of the Backyard Bloggers’ Flings, which I’ve completely loved, however these smaller get-togethers are an effective way to fulfill different bloggers inside a simple driving distance.  Many due to Beth for organizing this present day and to Linda for opening her stunning backyard to us.  I am trying ahead to a different “Midwest Meet-Up” this summer season!

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