Chilly Autumn Arrives!


Sorry this blog posting is a day late!  We had a chilly (and busy!) Friday but the sun did appear later in the day.  Cindy, Janice and Larry O. all had a wide range of duties and our excellent volunteers of Kathy, Eva, Kay, Alan, Steve, Vicki, Kristin, Bill O., Maury and many others were a huge help.  Randy M. was in to repair more displays for the Holiday Light Show (HLS).  Nice shot above of the fall color progression on Tiger Eyes® golden staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’).  We had quite a few visitors out in the gardens and I gave a tour for a botany class from UW-Rock County in the afternoon.  Enjoy the photos below…

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Mystic Dreamer dahlia (Dahlia hybrida ‘Zone10’) – annual


fruits of the blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis) – perennial


the sunken garden still has some color for the wedding today (Saturday)

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Janice (above) was digging and potting neat begonias before it gets too cold for them!


Kathy and Eva kept trying to move this rock but decided to just weed around it…


Steve and Vicky (above), along with Alan, processed 16 Abyssinian bananas (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) for storage! (see below too)

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Kristin (above) looks blurry because she was shivering and my hand was also shivering during this cold morning!


banana processing above and below

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Kay (one of the best smiles we have around the gardens)


Magda’s garden bed (above) always looks great throughout the seasons!


‘Flamingo Feather Pink’ wheat celosia (Celosia spicata) – annual


these ‘Red Sun’ zinnias (Zinnia elegans) are still looking vivid! – annual


Main Street Oxford Street™ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘UF12-87-9’) – annual


ColorBlaze® Lime Time™ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) – annual


‘Dipt in Wine’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) – annual