A roof for all seasons

Denmark Farm, where I teach and am a trustee, has had new accommodation constructed. The building was designed to be ecologically friendly, use natural and local materials and it has a Sedum roof

The plants arrived on rolls:

sedum rollTo be laid on the prepared roof like a carpet

under constructionAnd become established over the spring

new green roof establishingBefore being covered with snow

in the snow

And then flowering prolifically in the summer

summer sun

Over the months I have enjoyed seeing how this beautiful feature changes and complements the turning of the seasons:

winter branchessummer branchesflowering branchAnd even now, towards the end of the year, it continues to enhance the building. In the mist

hazy autumnAnd reflecting the light on a clear autumn night (that isn’t snow)

autumn night

Many thanks to Tamara Morris and Denmark Farm Conservation Centre for allowing me to use their stunning photographs. If you’d like to, you can stay under the turf roof in the Eco Lodge, just click here.

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  1. It’s quite beautiful. It’s inspired me to try using another small succulent, portulaca, as a roofing material. I’ll have to see if it’ll survive on the shed. The flowers are large and brilliantly coloured, and it grows very, very fast.

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  2. That is an impressively large example of a green (or multicolored) roof!

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