How do figs cope in a pond?


There are rows of lovely Hill’s figs in what I think of as Wickham Park. This park, according to a street sign, is actually in Islington, not Wickham, but whatever, as they say.

Every time it rains the park turns into a lake. I drive past on my way to work those days (after I drive up Laman Street where the threatened row of fig trees grows – unless the street is closed because a wind is forecast) and wonder how long it will be before the tree roots rot away.

There’s a structure that I presume is supposed to function as a drain but the levels seem to be all wrong. There’s a mound of earth between where the water collects and where the drain sits waiting to be used, and the drain has a hole at the top. Not a useful place. At least, that’s how it looked today, but it could be that the leaves that are all over the ground in front of the drain are blocking my view of a hole at the bottom.

See what I mean?

Hill’s figs apparently need ‘moisture-retentive but well-drained’ soil. Like most trees. I assume the mound here is deliberate , perhaps to help water drain away, but it’s not high enough for  most of the trees. Apparently ‘mounding’ improves tree survival when they’re first being planted if the area is prone to waterlogging:

‘Mounding is essential on wet sites. A 1993 study showed that tree survival improved from 65 per cent to over 95 per cent by mounding on a site prone to seasonal waterlogging.”

It usually seems to take 2 or 3 days for the water to drain away from Wickham Park once the rain stops.It worries me. Another letter to write. Another letter to be ignored perhaps.

In a lovely quiet week as far as Laman Street goes here are some little things I’ve found out about other things:

California seems to be on the verge of banning the single-use plastic bag. South Australia already has.

NSW produces 42%of the black coal in this country, and the Hunter Valley would be responsible for the largest share of that.

It turns out our council has 345 parks. How amazing is that? I would never have guessed that number. We could never have too many, though, and we need some improvements to some of them. I was reading about a new park in Pyrmont, ‘Pirrama‘, which cost $37 million. We can only dream of that sort of money being spent in Newcastle.

The world’s largest eucalypt plantation is in Brazil.

There are ten skate parks in Newcastle. I pass the Mayfield one quite often and it’s always busy. I was reading about skate parks overseas and some of them are just stunning. The Millennium Park was one that I admired and Pier 62 Skate Park.  Saratoga Springs has a cool-looking concrete thing that looks like an empty swimming pool. The most amazing one I’ve ever seen is at Corona Park in Queens.

The Victorian Heritage Council has recommended that the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour be added to the Heritage Register. That’s the avenue of trees planted just before the end of World War 1 in Bacchus Marsh to honour the men from the district who had fought overseas. The council there have backed a plan to break up the avenue with a roundabout, removing some trees, one of which commemorates a Victoria Cross winner.

In total 121 Avenues of Honour were planted throughout Australia – the town of Ballarat put 3771 trees in.

Ballarat is where the Eureka flag is kept: the flag that was flown in the gold miners revolt of 1854. We went to the Art Gallery there specifically to see it and almost missed it because we walked by the darkened room where it’s kept. The art galleries in Ballarat and Bendigo make me very jealous. As do the parks and children’s playgrounds.

And finally, in Louisiana, you can take your handgun to church. Cheers.   Home


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