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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Seasons are a-Changin'

Apologies for the short hiatus!  The blog-master (ahem, that's me) was on vacation.  But we're back - and we have a seasonal treat for you!

Here in Laramie, at 7200' above sea level and at the 41* latitude, autumn has begun.  Nights are cold and days are getting shorter.  Plants are in their last few weeks of the growing season, and the Berry Prairie is starting to show it!

In the photo below, you can see some of the prairie is are starting to turn yellow, orange and bronze.  

Even as the weather changes, some plants are just starting to bloom!  This grass (Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium) in the northeastern corner of the green roof has a very autumnal coloring, but is in its early stages of flowering. 

Check out the sugarbowl clematis (Clematis scotti), its first flower appearance in the Berry Prairie:

If you haven't stopped by the Berry Prairie yet this summer, make sure you visit soon!  We just put up a brochure rack that will help you identify what's out there and also get to know the goals of and rational for the green roof.

Brochures on the wildflowers, grasses, insects, green roof and more are just inside the green roof gate!

Written by Brenna Wanous, Berry Center

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