Water Gardens – Planten En Bloemen http://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:46:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/plantenenbloemen-150x150.png Water Gardens – Planten En Bloemen http://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ 32 32 Open doors for the PLMG reception shelter https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/open-doors-for-the-plmg-reception-shelter/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 08:03:41 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/open-doors-for-the-plmg-reception-shelter/

An open house for the new Priest Lake Memory Gardens Welcome Shelter will be held on Sunday, August 14 in the gardens.

The five-acre site, located adjacent to Priest Lake Golf Course just off Highway 57, is a special place of serenity and reflection to spend time remembering and honoring loved ones with ties to Priest Lake area.

Open House hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A tour of the new reception shelter will be the star attraction. The new building includes a public space, toilets and a kitchen. It is designed to accommodate local memorial services.

“We hope to see good attendance at the open house,” said Brian Miller, chairman of the board. “People can see the progress we’ve made, learn about future plans, and have their say on what they’d like to see at Memory Gardens.”

Donations to the Founders’ Circle provided the bulk of the funds to build the new home structure. A total of 254 donors gave $250 or more to complete the building.

“The construction is an ongoing project of Mike Dolan Construction,” said Craig Hill, Vice Chairman of the Board. “We also appreciate the many local businesses and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the project with donations and in-kind donations.”

Visitors to the open house will see 36 displays spread along scenic paths with 255 metal fish plaques honoring their loved ones. Three benches are also placed in the gardens. Donors funded a dock now installed on the reflecting pool. Later, a pond will be built.

“A big thank you to everyone who uses the Priest Lake Memorial Gardens as a way to honor their loved ones,” Hill said. “We sincerely appreciate all donations.”

Miller said the donations came from broad community support ranging from cash, labor, in-kind donations and products for the Welcome Shelter.

In total, more than 550 people gave gifts to ensure the success and growth of Priest Lake Memory Gardens.

Features such as fish memorial plaques, alcoves, pews, family screens and family memorials are now available for purchase.

Further information about Priest Lake Memory Gardens can be found at www.priestlakememorygardens.com or by calling Executive Director Ron Hardin at 509-993-7143.

“Our Board of Directors is extremely grateful to everyone who gave time and money to support his project,” Miller said. “We look forward to continued support.”

Plans call for continued improvements to Priest Lake Memory Gardens each year as additional funds become available.

The ‘apocalyptic’ fire that destroyed 15 gardens in Essex was started by CHIMINEA https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/the-apocalyptic-fire-that-destroyed-15-gardens-in-essex-was-started-by-chiminea/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:53:56 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/the-apocalyptic-fire-that-destroyed-15-gardens-in-essex-was-started-by-chiminea/

An ‘apocalyptic’ fire that has destroyed 15 gardens in Essex was started by a chimney, it emerged today – as Ocado halted disposable barbecue salts and homeowners called for a nationwide ban.

Forty people had to be evacuated from their homes in Greenwood Close, Chelmsford, as seven crews tackled the blaze on Saturday night.

Colin Shead, who was in the area at the time, told ITV: ‘It was like an apocalyptic war movie. Ash fell from the sky like snow and covered the roads and cars. I have never seen anything like it.

It comes as investigations continue into the cause of another fire in Feltham, west London, which saw 70 heroic firefighters save 30 homes from destruction.

Loud explosions were heard at the site near Heathrow Airport after a meadow fire spread to nearby gardens and ignited several gas canisters.

About 60 residents were evacuated from their homes due to the amount of smoke.

ESSEX: Forty people had to be evacuated from their homes in Greenwood Close, Chelmsford, as seven crews fought the blaze on Saturday evening

FELTHAM: Around 70 firefighters were called to put out a blaze in Feltham on Sunday, with footage showing the blaze tearing through a back garden

FELTHAM: Around 70 firefighters were called to put out a blaze in Feltham on Sunday, with footage showing the blaze tearing through a back garden

The fire scorched trees, hedges, shrubs and patios to the rear of a row of properties across the road.

A garden shed was destroyed by fire and 15 other sheds were damaged. Several properties suffered minor damage to windows, patio doors and gutters. No injuries were reported.

Households are now being urged not to light a fire and retailers to ban the sale of disposable barbecues as England faces another heat wave in already dry conditions.

Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid-30s in parts of southern England as high pressure brings hotter, drier weather, following months of low rainfall that left the country facing the specter of drought .

Conditions have left the countryside, as well as urban parks and gardens, extremely dry, increasing the risk of more devastating wildfires, with rivers, groundwater and reservoirs at low levels.

Two water companies have already announced garden hose bans and others have warned they may have to follow suit – and there doesn’t appear to be any immediate easing of the dry, hot weather in southern regions from the country.

Today Ocado announced that it has stopped selling disposable barbecues with ‘immediate effect’.

“This is the right thing to do and we hope remaining retailers follow suit,” the store tweeted.

The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people not to light barbecues or bonfires, or light fireworks or sky lanterns.

Regional manager Neil Fenwick said: ‘While the summer weather usually provides the perfect opportunity to have a barbecue or gather around a fireplace in the evening, we strongly discourage people from having any kind of fire for the moment.

“The ground across Essex is extremely dry, allowing fires to spread easily and quickly. This is true for gardens as well as for fields and moors.

‘Please help us help you. Please do not have barbecues or bonfires. Please do not use fireworks or light sky lanterns.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 28,000 farmers and landowners in England and Wales, has called on retailers to follow Marks and Spencer’s lead and ban the sale of disposable barbecues across the UK this summer.

Firefighters said the Chelmsford blaze affected the gardens of around 15 houses as well as several sheds, outbuildings and a cluster of evergreens.  Around 40 people were evacuated from their homes as a safety measure.

Firefighters said the Chelmsford blaze affected the gardens of around 15 houses as well as several sheds, outbuildings and a cluster of evergreens. Around 40 people were evacuated from their homes as a safety measure.

A number of gardens were destroyed and 15 houses suffered damage to exterior walls, windows and gutters.  A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

A number of gardens were destroyed and 15 houses suffered damage to exterior walls, windows and gutters. A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

The organisation’s chairman, Mark Tufnell, said: “The CLA is demanding that retailers immediately ban the sale of disposable barbecues across the UK this summer to curb the spread of the countryside fires which are causing great damage. to rural communities and businesses and jeopardize the safety of all those in the vicinity.

“During this period of prolonged lack of rainfall, record high temperatures during heat waves and wildfires damaging the countryside, policies such as this, which can mitigate further potential fire damage, are sensible and required.

“We warmly welcome people to the countryside as they seek to enjoy the good weather.

“But we ask them to help us protect farmland and natural habitats by not lighting barbecues, fires and other potentially dangerous materials such as sky lanterns.”

The calls come as the Met Office predicts another week of sweltering weather for some areas – although the UK is unlikely to see record high temperatures from the July heatwave, when thermometers topped 40C for the first time .

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We expect the heat to increase towards the end of the week and temperatures of 34C or 35C in parts of southern England.

“After that, the heat wave will start to subside.”

He said the heat was caused by an area of ​​low pressure coming in from the west, but would move away to the east by the end of this week, bringing cooler conditions.

But it was not yet clear from the forecast whether there would be “significant” rains to relieve dry areas next week, he said.

Pictured: The Feltham Fire, which broke out less than two miles from Heathrow Airport, and was clearly visible from landing planes

Pictured: The Feltham Fire, which broke out less than two miles from Heathrow Airport, and was clearly visible from landing planes

Emergency services at the scene of a huge fire on Hereford Road in Feltham on Sunday evening

Emergency services at the scene of a huge fire on Hereford Road in Feltham on Sunday evening

Low rainfall in July left river flows in central, southern and eastern England and eastern Scotland below normal – with many seeing ‘unusually’ water levels there low, said the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH).

But rain in northwest Britain over the past week has resulted in river flows within the normal range or above normal, and even exceptionally high in the case of Cumbria.

Lucy Barker, hydrological analyst at the UKCEH, said: ‘Current forecasts suggest that hot dry weather will continue for southern Britain through the first half of August, and hydrological forecasts suggest that flows Below normal river flows in southern Britain are likely to persist over the next few months, with exceptionally low flows likely across many catchments.

“Groundwater levels and reservoir stocks are expected to continue to decline in these areas.

“We would expect to see continued impacts on agriculture and the environment in addition to new pressures on water supplies, with the possibility of further restrictions.”

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 10 fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the blaze on Hereford Road in Feltham at 4.35pm on Sunday.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 10 fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the blaze on Hereford Road in Feltham at 4.35pm on Sunday.

Ecotour showcases the diversity of species in the Niagara River Corridor https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ecotour-showcases-the-diversity-of-species-in-the-niagara-river-corridor/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 11:00:19 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ecotour-showcases-the-diversity-of-species-in-the-niagara-river-corridor/

Sat, August 6, 2022 7:00 AM

By Alice Gerard

A wind blew over the water at Beaver Island State Park at 7 a.m. on July 30. I got into a kayak for the first ecotour of the Paddles Up 2022 event on the park’s beach and was pushed away. The water was slightly choppy as the group of kayakers, led by retired government biologist Paul Leuchner, began to travel down the river, heading around the island.

We were there, in the river, exploring nature in places that had been restored, including the East River Marsh and Motor Island.

Leuchner described the birds we saw on our trip: “Motor Island is the only colony of herons on the Niagara River. Thus, a colony is a place where all these species of shorebirds live, such as great blue herons and gray egrets, night herons and little green herons. All these birds are pretty much solitary. They live in the environment, except when it comes time for reproduction. Then they gather in colonies. They may not like each other yet and they do not form lasting sexual relationships. Herons don’t like each other. They will take off from their nest and leave when the young are ready to take off, fly and pretty much be alone. Then it’s over, and the whole colony dissolves. While they are together, they are very protective of each other, even though they occupy different strata on the island.

Birds occupy different places on Motor Island, which people can only visit by boat. Currently, tourists are not allowed to walk around the island.

“The colony is stratified,” Leuchner said, “So at the top you have the great blue herons. In the middle part, above the shrub layer, you have common egrets. Below the common egrets, which you probably couldn’t see today…couldn’t see them…there are night herons.Night herons are sitting under there,and not sure if they are opportunistic birds to take advantage of the feed overhead or if they just need special cover.They are usually night-feeding birds.

“On the ground floor, you will have little green herons. We also heard a marsh sparrow, and someone asked me about it. The marsh sparrow is a small sparrow with a very large mouth. It can sing and it emits patterns of songs to define its territory. You can hear it, but often you can’t see it. They are very common here in the wetlands. There were also a few there.

Paddlers enjoy the fun paddling at Paddles Up.

A view of geese on Motor Island


Even if the birds don’t like each other, they will fight to defend their colony from invaders. One day, Leuchner said, a young bald eagle flew into the colony, looking for something to eat. This young bird was unaware of what he was getting into.

“They (the rookery birds) all have their own areas, which they occupy. They don’t really interact with each other until there is an emergency. When you have an immature bald eagle flying around the colony, looking for a quick snack, it mobilizes the whole colony. They go out and do everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen. I remember the day I saw this, when they attacked this teenage bald eagle, and I’m sure he learned a lesson to never go back to a rookery again.

Leuchner said the young bald eagle would not return, even with a mate.

“We’re talking about these two going against hundreds of birds coming from all directions,” Leuchner said.

He also pointed out that herons can also be dangerous to humans. “Herons are mean. If there’s an injured heron on the side of the road, you never want to go near it. The first thing they’ll do when they’re in trouble is go get your eyes. Call and get help. Don’t worry about an injured heron or an injured egret. Not the kind of bird you want to play with.

Wetlands were once considered useless, disease-ridden places best avoided, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today, wetlands are known to be among the most productive ecosystems in the world, with a high diversity of plant and animal species, Leuchner said.

The great species diversity of the Niagara River Corridor has earned it great recognition.

“The Niagara River Corridor is home to 22 different seagulls, compared to the whole of mainland Australia, which is home to just four species,” said Grand Island Recreation Department Supervisor Joe Menter.

According to Menter, the ecological significance of the Niagara River Corridor was recognized by the National Audubon Society, when it declared the corridor an Important Bird Area. In 2019, the Niagara River Corridor was declared a Wetland of International Importance, under the Ramsar Convention, a global treaty supporting the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and related waters. It was the 40e site in the United States to receive such a designation.

Leuchner spoke about the tour after leaving Motor Island.

“We walked through the marshes and looked at the water lilies,” he said. “I told (the group) that the water lilies are a mixture of native water lilies, called spatterdock or Nuphar advena. The other one is simply called water lily, and that one comes from the water garden that existed there in the 1890s, on the shore. What happened is that when Claude Monet released all of his works, including one in particular titled “The Water Lilies”, in the late 1890s.

“People who came from very wealthy families not only had gardens, but also water gardens. They cultivated the water lilies in the water gardens. The Depression hit, and they’re all gone. The houses were closed and abandoned. The water lilies were dragged by wildlife into the swamp, and they have been there ever since. Water lilies are not invasive. It’s a non-native species, which is different. A non-native species actually fits into the ecology, while an invasive takes advantage of it. These are essential in providing the shaded habitat necessary for the growth and survival of native species.

“So this whole swamp was created in 2003. It’s grown a lot and it’s become very productive. We hope that the other part, downstream towards the Lea River, can take the same path. Currently, this is not the case. When they built it, they left out some components. The current is faster in there, so it will take longer to establish.

After the ecotours were completed, Leuchner said the experiment was a success.

“We had a good number of people there, and they weren’t people who looked like they hadn’t seen the environment before,” he said. “They had some experience. They were very interested in hearing an explanation of all the different things they were seeing. I think they got a lot out of it. The only disappointment we had with the ecotours was that 15 people were limited to go to each ecotour, and it turns out that a third of them didn’t have the respect to inform us that they didn’t were not coming.”

Greg Stevens, Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, speaking about the future of Paddles Up, said, “We may have the ability to go bigger. As you can see from all the exhibits here, the message is very much about the ecology of the Niagara River and the special place that is Grand Island.

The Majewski family, along with former Deputy City Supervisor Jim Sharpe, biologist Paul Leuchner and Roger Cook, stand with three watercraft built by Greg Majewski.

What is a flash flood? A civil engineer explains https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/what-is-a-flash-flood-a-civil-engineer-explains/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 13:07:38 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/what-is-a-flash-flood-a-civil-engineer-explains/ (The Conversation is an independent, nonprofit source of news, analysis, and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) Flash floods are a specific type of flooding that occurs shortly after a rainfall event – ​​usually less than six hours. It is often caused by heavy or excessive rainfall and occurs in areas near rivers or lakes, but it can also occur in places without nearby bodies of water.

Flash floods occur in rural and urban areas, such as late July 2022 in St. Louis and eastern Kentucky. When more rain falls in an area that the ground cannot absorb, or it falls in areas with lots of impermeable surfaces like concrete and asphalt that prevent the ground from absorbing precipitation, the water has little of places to go and can go up very quickly.

If an area has had recent rainfall, the soil may be saturated to capacity and unable to absorb more water. Floods can also occur after a drought, when the ground is too dry and hardened to absorb precipitation. Flash flooding is common in desert landscapes after heavy rains and in areas where shallow soil depth above solid bedrock limits the soil’s ability to absorb rain.

Since water is flowing downward, precipitation will seek the lowest point in a potential trajectory. In urban areas, these are often streets, car parks and basements in low areas. In rural areas with steep terrain, such as Appalachia, flash floods can turn streams and rivers into raging torrents.

Flash floods often take people by surprise, even as meteorologists and emergency personnel try to warn and prepare communities. These events can wash away cars and even move buildings from their foundations.

The best way to stay safe during a flash flood is to be aware of the danger and be prepared to respond. Low-lying areas are at risk of flooding whether it happens slowly or quickly and whether it is urban or rural.

Knowing where to get up-to-date weather information for your area is essential. And if you’re outdoors and encounter flooded areas, such as roads covered in water, it’s always safer to wait for the water to recede or turn around and find a route. safer. Don’t try to cross it. Floodwaters can be much faster and stronger than they appear – and therefore more dangerous.

Building for a wetter future

Engineers design stormwater control systems to limit the damage caused by precipitation. Culverts transfer water and help control where it flows, often directing it under roads and railroads so people and goods can continue to move safely. Stormwater retention ponds and retention ponds hold water for later release after flooding has subsided.

Many cities also use green infrastructure systems, such as rain gardens, green roofs, and permeable pavements, to reduce flash flooding. Restoring wetlands along rivers and streams also helps to mitigate flooding.

Often the design standards and rules we use to design these features are based on historical rainfall data for the location where we are working. Engineers use this information to calculate the size of a culvert, pond or other structure. We are always building excess capacity to deal with exceptionally large floods.

Now, however, many parts of the United States are experiencing more intense storms that drop significant amounts of precipitation over an area in a very short time. The recent floods in St. Louis and Kentucky were both on a scale that, statistically, would occur in those regions once every 1,000 years.

With climate change, we expect this trend to continue, which means that planners and engineers will have to reconsider how to design and manage infrastructure in the future. But it’s hard to predict the frequency or intensity of future storms at any given location. And while it’s extremely likely that there will be more intense storms based on climate projections, designing and building for the worst-case scenario isn’t cost-effective when there are other competing funding demands.

Right now, engineers, hydrologists and others are working to understand how best to plan for the future, including modeling flood events and development trends, so we can help communities become more resilient. This will require more up-to-date data and design standards that better adapt to anticipated future conditions.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here: https://theconversation.com/what-is-a-flash-flood-a-civil-engineer-explains-187961.

UK weather – Britons will be battered by heavy showers next week https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/uk-weather-britons-will-be-battered-by-heavy-showers-next-week/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 13:19:06 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/uk-weather-britons-will-be-battered-by-heavy-showers-next-week/

The BRITS are bracing for heavy rain this week – days after the country baked in a 26C scorcher.

Met Office forecasters predicted cloudy skies and ‘heavy showers’ across parts of the UK today before a cool night sets in.


Britons battled heavy rain on Tynemouth seafront in North Tyneside this weekCredit: NNP
A man used his bag to take shelter from the rain in Henley-on-Thames earlier this month


A man used his bag to take shelter from the rain in Henley-on-Thames earlier this monthCredit: Christopher Walls/Story Picture Agency

And tomorrow won’t be much better, with ‘wet and windy’ weather predicted for the north east and west of the UK as ‘tropical sea air’ hits.

But Tuesday could see the mercury rise with Britons set to enjoy sunny skies and cool breezes for the rest of the week.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst told MailOnline: ‘A changing picture will emerge over the next few days, being on the hot and humid side for many.

He said it will be “hot and muggy” as the pressure builds on Monday – the day starting with sunshine before turning wet and windy in the northeast and west.

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Temperatures are set to soar again on Tuesday and London is expected to hit highs of 29C on Tuesday.

Britons should enjoy sunny skies and cool breezes for the rest of the week – but the nights may not be so pleasant.

Mr Dewhurst added: ‘It’s going to be very heavy feeling, more so at night, so expect some uncomfortable sleep, with temperatures in the late teens.’

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said next week would bring “typically changeable British weather” – with heavy rain in places on Monday.

Although there will be sporadic showers, it will be “cooler and sunnier” by the end of the week.

It comes after Britons bathed in a 26C scorcher this week – as the first garden hose ban in 10 years was introduced.

Vacationers have flocked to beaches across the country to take advantage of the warm weather during the children’s summer vacation.

Yesterday Britons were warned they could face fines of up to £1,000 for using garden hoses as water companies impose bans.

The changes are expected to affect at least 17 million people.

Southern Water was the first to announce the measure – citing that river levels were dangerously low following a spike in demand during the record heatwave.

They warned that people could be hit with a hefty fine if they used garden hoses to water gardens, wash cars or fill ponds and swimming pools.

Other suppliers, such as Thames Water, South East Water and Walsh Water, have also warned they may follow suit, urging their combined 17 million customers to cut back on their consumption.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: ‘Southern Water’s announcement of a temporary use ban for its customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is one of many measures that ‘These and other water companies should consider reducing unnecessary water use and protecting customer supplies and the environment.’

Britons took shelter during a heavy downpour in Henley-on-Thames on July 2


Britons took shelter during a heavy downpour in Henley-on-Thames on July 2Credit: Christopher Walls/Story Picture Agency
Revelers basked in the sun on the sand in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Friday


Revelers basked in the sun on the sand in Bournemouth, Dorset, on FridayCredit: BNPS
The beach was packed with sun seekers in Lyme Regis, Dorset on Friday


The beach was packed with sun seekers in Lyme Regis, Dorset on FridayCredit: Alamy
Basilica Cistern: After a five-year makeover, the magnificent underground world of ancient water reopens in Istanbul https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/basilica-cistern-after-a-five-year-makeover-the-magnificent-underground-world-of-ancient-water-reopens-in-istanbul/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 13:32:41 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/basilica-cistern-after-a-five-year-makeover-the-magnificent-underground-world-of-ancient-water-reopens-in-istanbul/

The huge ancient Basilica Cistern (or Basilica Cisterna) beneath the city of Istanbul has reopened after a five-year makeover. It was built for the capital of his Eastern Roman Empire.

The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the popular Turkish city of Istanbul. The amazing metamorphosis has made this site a magnificent haven of sound and light underground.

The Basilica Cistern was built in 542 AD during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Location wise, it is 150 meters southwest of Hagia Sophia on the historic Sarayburnu peninsula. Now it is maintained with little water so that the public can access it from the inside.

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Historians have said it was once part of a network of over 100 cisterns started by the Romans. They were later supplemented by the Byzantines and the Ottomans. These systems were intended to supply the city and its palaces with running water.

Due to its location under a large public square on the first hill of Constantinople, the Basilica Stoa, it was called Basilica. In early Roman times, a large basilica stood in its place. It is said to have been built between the 3rd and 4th centuries.

If the claims are to be believed, around 7,000 slaves participated in the construction of the cistern.

Historians have claimed that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing Hagia Sophia.

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The site was partially closed for restoration in 2017. It was feared that the basilica would collapse in case the slightest jolt from an earthquake rocked Istanbul. It has undergone several restorations since its foundation.

Aysen Kaya, deputy head of the municipality’s heritage department, said, “By scraping away the added layers of cement, we brought the bricks up to date. Kaya also pointed out that two pipes were exposed by the latest work: one that brought water.

The Basilica Cistern could store nearly 80,000 liters (21,000 gallons) of water. The feat helped protect the Byzantines from the summer drought.

(With agency contributions)


What to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/what-to-do-in-gulf-shores-alabama/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/what-to-do-in-gulf-shores-alabama/


Destin offers gorgeous beaches and one of the largest water parks in the state

Emerald-green waters, sugar-white beaches, and warm, salty breezes lure sun-seeking travelers to Destin, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. The resort area offers plenty of activities: sandcastle building classes, party boats, dolphin cruises and Big Kahuna, a huge water park with slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and even a miniature golf course with several waterfalls.

Destin also attracts sport fishermen. This seaside town has been dubbed the “luckiest fishing village in the world,” thanks in part to its variety of fish species, such as snapper, grouper and mahi-mahi.

In high season, the beaches accessible to the public are full of families eager to swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Many are booking a week in one of the countless high-rise condos, and family vacation rentals are selling out fast too.

Okaloosa County, home to Destin and Fort Walton Beach, reported 7.5 million visitors in 2021. An average year sees around 5 million sun worshipers flock to the area. Get ready for another busy season on the shore. Sometimes, though, you don’t want all that, you know, hustle and bustle.

Location: Destin is in northwest Florida, just over an hour’s drive east of Pensacola, Florida.

Discover quiet beaches, wildlife and miles of trails in Gulf Shores

In Gulf Shores, Alabama, you can close your eyes and hear only the gentle lapping of the waves and the soft cries of migrating seabirds as the sun warms your skin. It can be intoxicating, especially for those who enjoy a quiet stretch of uncrowded white-sand beach, which you can find at Gulf State Park, at the eastern end of the 32-mile coastline that makes up Gulf Shores.

Gulf State Park has 6,150 acres of land. It’s a pristine piece of paradise that’s deliberately free of valets to set up beach chairs. The city’s Leave Only Footprints initiative keeps glass, pets, fires, vehicles and some tents off the beaches.

In Gulf Shores, alcohol is prohibited on the sand between late February and mid-April. Gulf Shores isn’t keen on ranking for a lively party scene. “We’re a family destination, not a party destination,” says Easton Colvin of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “There are no party bars or strip clubs.”

Plan to soak up the area’s natural beauty, as well as its focus on sustainability. Gulf State Park received $85.5 million as part of the original settlement from BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. It has since used the funds to upgrade facilities at the state park, including including its 350-room park lodge: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel.

The original lodge was open from 1974 until 2004, when it was devastated by Hurricane Ivan. The Lodge at Gulf State Park reemerged in 2018 as an eco-friendly coastal development. The smaller footprint, one-third smaller than the original pavilion, allowed for the natural restoration of the dunes. The hotel buildings have also been designed to reduce energy consumption by around a third.

Another major attraction is the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, a network of paved trails over 28 miles long that allows visitors to trek through the park’s various ecosystems, including maritime forest, freshwater marshes, and coastal dunes. . Visitors can unlock bikes at multiple locations using the Bloom bike-sharing app. Bikes are free for the first three hours, then cost $5 an hour.

There are also three restaurants in the park: Perch and Foodcraft, both at the Lodge, which serve local flavors and craft cocktails, and the Woodside Restaurant. A fishing pier, nature center, and freshwater lake are accessible on foot, by two-wheeler, or by nature tram, which makes stops at the park daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sleep under the stars at Gulf State Park’s expansive campground with 496 full hookup sites. Alternatively, there are nearly a dozen elevated Eagle Cottages (literally, 10 feet above the ground) located on the shores of Lake Shelby that have earned a spot on National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World list in 2019 for best sustainability practices.

Next up for Gulf Shores is the Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism & Sustainability, an ecotourism and learning center slated to open in early 2023. In the works are outdoor learning spaces, gardens biological courses, rope courses and summer camps, all part of an effort to help visitors and locals better connect with the unique ecology and ecosystems of the Gulf Coast region.

Location: Gulf Shores is on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, about an hour’s drive southwest of Pensacola, Florida.

Gifford is a writer based in Ashburn, Virginia. His website is eringifford.com. Find her on Instagram: @gohikevirginia.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advisories can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and on the CDC’s travel health advisories webpage.

]]> Home & Design | Gardens under glass https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/home-design-gardens-under-glass/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 05:07:50 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/home-design-gardens-under-glass/

The Wall Street Journal, which in 2020 splashed a Prairie-style Minnetonka space by the company through a spread. But perhaps the best testimonial comes from an Atlanta homeowner, who had a magnolia motif incorporated into her sunroom transoms. “She loved her conservatory so much that she put her bed there and slept there,” says Jim Hewitt, founder and owner of Conservatory Craftsmen.

Hewitt’s love for conservatories came early in life. “My dad used to take me to the Park Conservatory in Como when I was a little boy, just for a little winter vacation,” he says. Over time, the horticulturist by trade – who for years taught high school horticulture in Cold Spring – wondered if there wasn’t more to conservatories than the occasional visit. “I felt it was the kind of environment that could make people mentally and physically healthy and should be considered more frequently in everyday life,” he says.

This realization became an attempt to build winter gardens with modular kits from England. But Hewitt quickly realized that the architects wanted more control. “At that point, we knew we had to break from the norm and become custom designers,” he says. “We had to design what was most appropriate for the moment.”

These designs span styles (85% of the company’s designs are traditional, but contemporary is gaining traction), sizes (from 500 to nearly 3,000 square feet), states (about half of their projects are in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, half elsewhere in the country, with jobs in places like New York’s Hamptons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming), and the costs (from about $150,000 to more than $2 million dollars). Some have elegant lounges or swimming pools. But most are designed for a clientele that Hewitt calls “factory people,” just like him.

That means plants for virtually any climate, with conservatories designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Innovations in glass, in particular, make this possible, says Hewitt. “When we started, glass was basically an issue in our rooms, and now our glass is as energy efficient as an insulated wall.”

Plant science also plays a role. Hydroponic towers, for example, automatically feed plants with nutrient-rich water several times a day. But horticultural expertise brings the most value, according to Hewitt, which is why he recently tapped Alex Eilts, a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology who is a part-time professor and research associate at the University of Minnesota. “We needed him on our team just to help us with our clients’ rare plant collections,” says Hewitt.

That bespoke touch might just make the biggest difference. Every piece of a conservatory is custom designed by the Hewitt team and manufactured by small businesses around the world. Much of the glass comes from the United States and the framing elements are mainly made in England. Window motors come from Italy, roof vents from France. “These are not large-scale factories,” Hewitt says. “Along with each of our manufacturers, we are their biggest customer.”

But the ‘fitters’ – a British term used for craftsmen who assemble conservatories – come from the Twin Cities and travel to every job. “People say, ‘Well, I’m going to have my builder do it,'” Hewitt says. “And I’m like, ‘You want your builder to learn how to glass your roof? Leak is a four letter word, you know.

Keeping things practical and hyper-personalized, after all, has been key to the company’s success from day one. “Either you’re going to be a commodity company and produce hundreds of them and sell them and ship them,” Hewitt says, “or you’re going to make a few, and they’re going to turn out right.”

Architecture + Building: Conservatory Craftsmen, 2229 Friendship Ln., Mpls., 612-281-4985, conservatorycraftsmen.com

Mill Pond Garden open to visitors August 1 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/mill-pond-garden-open-to-visitors-august-1/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 14:08:16 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/mill-pond-garden-open-to-visitors-august-1/

Midsummer gardens are now shifting gears, from flowers leading the display to foliage plants showing their muscles. It is also the pinnacle of hibiscus, with the garden’s largest blooms of the year, with choices of several species and many amazing cultivars.

Mill Pond Garden will open to welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, August 1, at 31401 Melloy Court, Lewes.

Tickets, available at millpondgarden.com, cost $15 to admit one vehicle for up to six visitors.

There is something wonderfully dramatic about large-leaved plants; they can make viewers feel like they’ve gone to their own tropical garden paradise without leaving home. Think bananas, palms, hostas, caladiums, taros, aspidistra, elephant ears, colocasia, cardoon, canna, ginger, agave, palm and the amazing fatsia evergreen. Add the colorful highlights of mature coleus and the garden turns into a jungle. Ferns filling holes with their own magic include natives with fronds four or five feet tall, such as the giant ostrich fern or the even taller king fern, taller than many shrubs.

The hardy banana musca basjoo is a perennial plant from the Cape region. It dies to the ground in frost and returns late next spring, rapidly growing up to 12 feet. It is important that the root of the tuber stay dry in winter or it will rot, so the usual custom is to plant it on a mound or cover it to drain rainwater in winter.

Ginger lilies, elephant ears, caladiums and cannas are mostly locally hardy except in very cold winters with low temperatures below 15 degrees F. They can be left in the ground or dug up and stored in a thawed garage or crawl space.

Colocasias are tender; they must be dug up and stored in a space protected from frost. Aspidistra is an evergreen that adds lushness to winter gardens, and it’s very hardy here at least to 10 degrees F or lower. The needle palm and many types of agave are hardy here and even much further north. Cardoon and coleus are annuals. Hostas are hardy perennials. All of these large leafy plants add a lot of interest to the garden for the summer.

Huge hibiscus flowers complement the tropical look of large-leaved plants. Hibiscuses for gardens include three types. The woody, hardy shrub Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, which blooms profusely from mid-spring to late summer with rose-sized flowers in purple, red, blue or white, is somewhat invasive , so be warned. Non-hardy tropical Chinese woody shrubs called hibiscus chinensis are sold everywhere as seasonal patio decorations with large blooms of varying colors. The native perennial hibiscus moshuetos is available in pink, white or red, and the tall hibiscus coccinea is available in red and white with lime green leaves, a favorite at Mill Pond Garden. These native hibiscus have flowers 10 inches across and are popular with some pollinators. They bloom generously in full sun, and natives can do well in both wet and dry soils, very useful in low or poorly drained garden sites where other plants cannot thrive.

The garden will also feature Joe Pye grass and many other butterfly-attracting pollinating plants, as well as full-blooming crepe myrtles, coleus, blooming water lilies, gorgeous views of Red Mill Pond, wildlife And much more.

Mill Pond Garden will display these mid-summer beauties for visitors to ponder their choices and find inspiration in seeing what garden plants can grow well here in the Cape Town region. Come and enjoy the summer jungle with heavenly hibiscus; flip flops are welcome. Visitors are asked to respect social distancing with other groups for safety reasons.

Drought conditions persist in the Twin Cities https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/drought-conditions-persist-in-the-twin-cities/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 12:52:06 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/drought-conditions-persist-in-the-twin-cities/

The scorching days of summer are here, as is the hot, dry weather.

The latest map from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows dry conditions continuing to expand, with much of the Twin Cities in the midst of drought.

“The water resources we use for irrigation are the same water resources we use for drinking, washing (and) bathing,” said Madeline Seveland of the County Water Management Organization. Carving.

Take a step outside and you can see where the drought is doing the most damage: in our gardens and lawns.

Seveland says that while heat can stress our landscaping, increased irrigation can also harm local water supplies.

“During the summer months, cities see their water use rates increase about three times compared to the winter,” Seveland said.

Diamond Cut Lawn Care’s Adam St. Pierre tells Fox 9 that he’s seen the grass get crispier and crisper on the subway as the summer wears on. The recent strong gusts of wind are not helping the situation either.

“This year you have this extra wind coming in and really drying out,” said St. Pierre, who warns that those short 20-minute lawn watering sessions can do more harm than good.

He recommends watering for a longer period, like an hour or more, about once a week for best results.

“You want to water really deep to get those deeper roots to make weed vibrant and strong…If we just water on the surface, those (roots) are forgotten there and they won’t be used.”