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Monday, September 15, 2014

Green Roof Remodel: End of Day 24 (late!)

Friday was another productive day, including planting some of the last plants and installing the irrigation.  We're waiting on a couple more sprinkler heads, to finish the irrigation, and are at a stand-still until that happens.

Laying irrigation: 

Dorothy and I went out to a ranch where we (legally and with permission) harvested cacti of 3 varieties: Prickly Pear (Opuntia polyacantha), Mountain Ball (Pediocactus simpsonii) and Pincushion (Coryphantha vivipara).  Incidentally, my new favorite food is cactus fruit.

Here are the cacti in situ:

Pincushion Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus in the foreground, with Pincushion Cactus in the background.

We are doing more plant shopping on Wednesday to find wildflowers to fill in some of the gaps, so more new plants are on the way!  Stay tuned!

Written by Brenna Marsicek, UW Biodiversity Institute

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Green Roof Remodel: End of Day 24

Yesterday was a much more pleasant day for planting, and planting we did!  The landscaping crew made incredible progress, and this morning are now out there in 45 degree weather finishing up the last little areas. 

Photos of the progress:


Written by Brenna Marsicek, UW Biodiversity Institute

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Green Roof Remodel: End of Day 23

Yesterday was a wet, sloppy, cold day to be planting - but we planted nonetheless!  The first of the new green roof plants were plugged into the growing medium, starting with the ones on the north end (alpine section) and moving south.  And with predictions of hard freezing and possibly snow on Thursday night, we're working as fast as we can to get these plants in the ground.

Photos of the progress:

End of the day photos:

And lots more to do!

Written by Brenna Marsicek, UW Biodiversity Institute

Monday, September 8, 2014

Green Roof Remodel: End of Day 22

The Berry Prairie is transforming.  Gone is the flat landscape that was, here are the hills and plains of the new roof.  The plants we bought new (as opposed to transplanted off of the roof) all arrived late last week, and today we began laying them out.  We are creating three distinct planting zones: alpine (mountains), foothills and plains/prairie.  The planting begins in the morning tomorrow!

Here are a few photos of the progress today:

Brandon (red - Arcon Inc.), Dorothy (yellow - Biodiversity Institute), and Allison (green - Inside Out Landscapes) laying out plants

Allison working on plant layout

End of day - doesn't even look like we made a dent in the plant pile!  So many left!

Foothills section (foreground) leading into alpine section (background)

Alpine section - mostly laid out

We have lots more work to do, and it'll start happening quickly now that the plants and the landscaping folks are here. Stay tuned for updates!

Written by Brenna Marsicek, Biodiversity Institute