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Monday, June 10, 2013

So Many Activities!

The green roof is hoppin'.  With so much going on lately, this post might come across a bit scattered.  Apologies for the linear-minded out there!  It's been warm here (it's currently 86.3 degrees), it's field season, and coincidentally we finished a signage project.

Update #1: New Blooms

With the warm weather we've had lately, it's facilitated lots of growth on the roof.  There are two more plants in bloom, the Blue Flag Iris (Iris missouriensis) as well as the Blue Mist Penstemon (Penstemon virens).  The Stonecrop (Sedum lanceolatum) is just about to burst open too, more pictures when that happens.

Can you spot the mason bee pollinating this plant??  Bees (and hummingbirds) love penstemon!

Update #2: Tents

Graduate student Kyle Bolenbaugh is looking at which insects frequent the green roof (in addition to which plants survive the winter cold and summer dryness).  This tent captures insects so Kyle can get a closer look.

Update #3: Signs!

A project a year in the making, we have installed two signs on the railing leading to the green roof to explain what the heck this patch of dirt is.  They're pretty.  Dennis Henry of Click Point Ranch in Denver coordinated the design, manufacturing and installation.  Thanks Dennis!

Dennis Henry of Click Point Ranch

Stop by to check out all of the activity!  The gate is open and guests are welcome.

Written by Brenna Marsicek, Biodiversity Institute

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