Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
transformation. The Hawk Shack has performed the job most excellently. In the winter I'm able to keep it quite toasty . . . although the goal is to keep it at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm also loving all the storage shelves between the two chambers to keep all my junk . . . and there is a lot of it!
Like the previous construction, the floor and one side have seen a lot of water damage. Rich stripped away everything and completely reconstructed the frame and floor. He will install new windows, and insulation. One window and a hole that accommodated the air conditioner are being closed up. He is getting the occasional help from his brother Brian, and his sister Deb also comes and helps. My contribution is in funding the operation, and feeding the workers. I appreciate the help of his siblings, as they have to drive a distance to come to our house now.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
On Wednesday, July 31st I noticed a posting on Facebook from one of my links, the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI. It was informing the public that the DC Smith Greenhouse at the University of WI at Madison had a blooming corpse plant. At the time of the posting, the 'bloom' was still tightly folded, but the assumption was that it would open sometime in the upcoming weekend. I was scheduled to work the entire following weekend, but had one day left - the Thursday. I hoped it would bloom then.
If you would like to read more about this plant, click on the link below.
The staff will pollinate the flower with pollen from other corpse plants, secured from other locations that have had blooming corpse plants. The resulting seeds will be shared among the botanical community. They most likely also harvested the pollen to share in the future.
It was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thank You Rich for letting me meet Dennis.