I found both the coniferous tree and the coniferous bush along Church Street at the U of M. Although neither of the plants are sheltered or hanging on for dear life, they both are still surviving and will continue to survive through Minnesota's winter.
November 2009 Archives
This flower is also a black eyed susan and I found it in the same place I found my vertical example. I found it across the street from Rapson Hall in a garden space maintained by the U of M landscape crew. I believe in this example the pistol is multiple fused carpels. Also you can kind of see where the chamber would have been.
This is a dried up black eyed susan, found across Church Street from Rapson Hall. The area is maintained by the U of M landscape crew, but they have left it since the end of growing season. It is hard to see all of the parts of the flower because of its size and that it is dead.
Like many trees around the University campus, this tree outside of Rapson has had its branches pruned. As a response to this trimming, the tree has begun to grow a callus around the wound.
These two trees grow down a block from my house across a moderately busy road, Energy Park Dr. The trees grow on the strip of grass between the industrial park behind them and the road. In this photo both trees show signs of inconsistent coloring.