Both the Elbow and Bow rivers run heavy every spring and cause a flood threat – at minimum – and flood damage some years. But the Bow, the major river that runs through the city, is the one that overflowed its banks on Friday. It happened quickly and caught up everyone. The event caused extensive flooding, forcing a major evacuation of neighbourhoods bordering the rivers including the downtown core.
This morning the sun is shining and the sky is clear. The river levels are receding. But what is starting to become really clear is the reality of the damage to the city. Power and gas are out in evacuated neighbourhoods, including the downtown core. The photo below shows the underpass at MacLeod Trail (a dozen blocks from the balcony garden) where water from the Elbow is turning the street into a river. This road goes under the train tracks and is a major traffic artery that feeds right past City Hall and into the downtown.The underpass is full to the bottom of the bridge deck – that’s about 12 feet (3.5 metres) of water. Unbelievable.
And obviously the dumpster shouldn’t be in the middle of the road.
I’m getting together with Jordan and the gang at Tinyplots the evening of June 6 to talk about YYC balcony gardening. And you are invited.
We’re going to chat about how you apply the lessons that you are learning at Tinyplots to container gardening.
We’ll cover the benefits of gardening on a balcony – planting, growing and harvesting herbs, fruits and vegetables, taking advantage of microclimates, setting up your containers and extending your summer living space out onto the balcony.
We’ll also discuss the challenges of gardening up high in YYC – preparing for the gusty winds that roll off the Rockies, hauling soil, compost, containers, plants and water through your apartment and keeping those pesky pigeons away from your balcony.
We’ll also do our best to answer all of your questions and share experience and tips with each other.
So join us. Slide on over to Tinyplots and sign up for their YYC gardening lessons and register for this event. See you on June 6.
Although I’m not a fan of show off, multi-colour tulips, if you are going to use them go for it. This is a pretty catching seasonal colour combo planting – while the tulips last – at the New York Botanical Gardens. Nice use of ornamental grass too.
By contrast, the tiny species tulips in the NYBG rock garden are in bloom and displayed in small drifts or as part of an underplanting in the dappled shade. Same colours, just as spectacular, but more subtle in colour.
If you are in New York in the next week or two and visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, you’ll see the end of the cherry and apple blossoms.
And the full bloom of the the Bluebell Wood. It was just starting to show its colour around the edges when I visited last week.