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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Selections #384

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


"when there's something new, in your neighbourhood..
Who you gonna call.."
the girl with the camera of course

there are three of these new gardens along the footpath by my home

they are rain gardens! I knew that as I watched them being constructed

you should be able to read this if you enlarge it

this diagram shows how it all works

the plantings are all still small and hard to see in bright sunlight

the grasses are easier to spot

here you can see the patterns left by water flow from the last rain we had

there are openings along the gutters to allow the water in so the gutters don't flood across the road

we also have new tree plantings along "my" side of the footpath

there are no labels, but the leaves indicate liquid amber and if you know anything about trees you'll remember liquid ambers grow wide and tall, very tall

which could be a future problem, because...

on either side of these new trees are the gums that have been there for years, where the rainbow lorikeets gather to get the nectar from the flowers, and straight up?

overhead power lines, which mean future butchering trimming for the new trees as they reach significant height  😧



















28 comments:

  1. I've never heard of rain gardens--what a GREAT idea!!

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    1. fishducky; they're a great idea, so far these are performing well with the bits of rain we've had. We'll see how they go with the downpours we get around September.

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  2. You are right about the liquid amber. And I hope before it grows tall enough for butchery those wires are moved underground.
    Love the rain garden too. And WOULD love rain. We have showers predicted for today but, just like yesterday and the day before, the predicted amount is less than one millimetre. Sigh.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I doubt very much those lines will go underground, the cost is prohibitive and there are a lot of older people who would be disrupted, not able to get around with their mobility devices. We've had a fair amount of rain lately, not nearly enough, but some everyday for about a week now.

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    1. Not a lot of thought gone in there by the "experts" re the tree planting!

      The rain gardens are a good idea, if they work as planned. Once the plants grow the footpaths will look great.

      Have a good week, River...stay warm...cuddles to the lovely Lady Lola. :)

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    2. Lee; the experts really have no idea when it comes to street trees. I love the rain gardens and will take more photos once the plants grow and fill the areas.

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  4. How exciting (liquid amber excepted!). A fair number of new buildings here are including "wetlands", fancy names for rain run off contained. I think they're a great idea.

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    1. Joanne; There's a lot of these rain gardens being put in on footpaths around Adelaide.

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  5. They do it here too big trees under power lines not thinking when planing I think.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle; so many planners get it so wrong.

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  6. It's a good project and can be done on a really large scale too. Liquidambars are spectacular trees, and this one looks like it will colour well, but I am not sure it is the right place for such a large tree.

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    1. Andrew; and it's not the only one. There are several of these new liquidambars on both sides of the street.

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  7. I see fall colors in your neck of the woods
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora) it's nice to see fall colours, we don't get much colour here and this year even less because the autumn was too warm.

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  8. The rain gardens are a concept I've not heard of before but make a lot of sense. I will tell my husband about these as he works with a local municipality and may have a chance to incorporate something similar here.

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    1. jenny_o; I hope these gardens can be incorporated there, they'll beautify the area as well as channel off some of the rainwater.

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  9. I have never heard of a rain garden, either. That looks like a great idea.

    I live in the woods, so trees are always growing into the power lines. After the Great Icepocalypse of '06, the electric company spent a year or two sending crews all around to trim the trees. It worked pretty good, until a couple days ago, when a windy storm took out our power for two days in a row. Limbs fell on the lines, both times.

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    1. Val; it's a crying shame about the trees having to be butchered and then when limbs fall on lines and take out the power, another shame. The lines need to be put where there are no trees.

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  10. The rain garden is a great idea. The water that finds its way into storm water management ponds here is not treated in any way and the bottom of those ponds must contain a whole lot of toxic crap. I shudder when I see dabbling ducks feeding in them, wondering what kind of poisons they are ingesting.

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    1. David Gascoigne; welcome to drifting. Perhaps you could let your local council know about rain gardens? I think ducks are pretty tough, but still, they deserve toxic-free feeding areas.

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  11. Lovely garden idea, and again i see people not thinking before planting a tree..

    The skies on vacation really caught my attention.

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    1. messymimi; the footpaths will look prettier with the gardens as they grow. The trees are another matter. They are beautiful, especially fully grown and changing colour for autumn, but if they get butchered to allow for the power lines, they won't be as pretty.

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  12. the power company does like to whack at our trees.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; I suppose they need something to do when they're not out reading meters.

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  13. Well let's hope the rain garden works.
    Can't understand councils/shires planting trees that grow rather tall then having to cut them rather profusely because they get in the power lines....guess they don't think.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; I hope the gardens can cope with the downpours we get around September, so far they've coped well with the small rains we've been having this month.

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