Intimate views at Olbrich Gardens


Most of my earlier posts about Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, have shown long views, like the cleome border above. But I do have more-intimate images to share as well.


A yellow jacket or some other type of wasp gathering nectar


Swamp sunflower, I believe


Simple water feature with a Japanese maple


Ornamental millet


A closer look


No idea what this is, but doesn’t it remind you of Indian corn? Update: ID’d as blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis). Thanks, Les and KimW.


More swamp sunflowers


A white-flowering blog plant. Anyone have an ID? Update: ID’d as turtlehead (Chelone glabra). Thanks, Gail, Andrew, and Lisa.


The bees enjoyed it.


But the bees were mad for the garlic chives. The whole, white mass of flowers was alive with humming bees.


A close-up of the pretty flowers


Blue conifer


A green pond and enticing bridge


Majestic, backlit cottonwood

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series about this excellent botanical garden. For yesterday’s post about Olbrich’s authentic Thai sala, as well as links to my other posts, click here.

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13 Responses

  1. Les says:

    I don’t want to sound like a know-it-all, but I think your white flower may be some kind of Physotegia, but I am not sure. The black seedheads look like Belamcanda aka Blackberry Lily. What a fantastic garden, and your images have captured it well.

  2. Gail says:

    Pam, I love intimate shots and yours are delightfu. The Olbrich garden has been a treat and goes on the must see this garden list….It has some truly special features and the Thai Sala is beautiful. I think the white flower is Chelone glabra; its closed turtlehead flowers are lovely. gail

  3. Andrew says:

    Very nice pictures!

    The white flowering plant looks like a Turtlehead (Chelone).

  4. I have so enjoyed your posts about this beautiful space. I love ornamental millet BTW. Planted it this year. It will always be a fixture of my garden now. :)

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Great closeups Pam. I am in agreement with everyone about the id of the white Turtlehead.

  6. Katina says:

    Pam, I love that closeup of the millet.

  7. Layanee says:

    All pictures tell a tale. Love the green water and the inviting bridge.

  8. KimW says:

    Hey Pam, great pics as always. Stopped by to say your ID is probably Blackberry lily or Belamcanda chinensis….but I see someone else beat me to that!

  9. Lona says:

    What beautiful images. The chives are so pretty in bloom. But a “Duh” moment for me with your postings. I wondered why they called them Blackberry lilies. Well now I can see why. Thanks for including that picture Pam.The Millet ads such pretty Fall color and texture to a garden.

  10. Cat says:

    Hi Pam – good to see you yesterday! Glad to see you have an id for the ornamental millet – I have a picture of it from the Botanical Gardens in San Diego but I wasn’t sure what it was called. Your pictures are beautiful – looks like you’re really enjoying your new camera :-)

  11. Lovely shots, Pam. The white chelone is delightful; I have the rose-coloured one, and the bees get inside the flowers and buzzzzzz wonderfully. One of my favourite flowers for late summer. Now I have to read backwards and see your earlier post.

  12. Donna says:

    Very nice photos. My favorite was the garlic chives and the green pond. What a great garden.

  13. Darla says:

    I have enjoyed ths tour very much…

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