Cattails In the Corner

15 08 2018

Cattails in the corner

As promised – the photo of the cattails growing in the northwest corner where the two retaining walls meet. There is a small crack between the concrete walls and the asphalt paving and a constant seep of water. We think there might be a natural spring finding an outlet as there are a lot of them along this ridge, once part of an ancient lake shore. Lots of clay and sand on the slope of the ridge which faces mostly east and runs north and south. These popped up this spring. No sign of the brown cattails themselves yet but it’s the first year for them and they might not even be cattails, we’re not sure.Whatever they are they’re a good six feet tall and there are dragonflies that like to visit and sit on them.

There are some elderberry plants down in the “alley”, a cottonwood sapling, several well-grown trees-of-heaven (which need to be removed as they’ve grown into the electric lines), burdock, thistle and other weedy growth which has made the “alley” pretty much impassible. It’s city property but they don’t bother with it and won’t unless there are complaints. Not many people ever see it so there’s not much likelihood it’ll change. It would make a nice place for raised beds full of vegetables along with a few flowers, if someone wanted to make the effort to clean it up and tend that kind of garden as it’s sheltered between a high concrete retaining wall and the rear wall of a commercial building with no rear doors and only opens on the south end, there’s a fence, trees and bushes on the north end, and good full sun most of the day.

 

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7 responses

15 08 2018
dayphoto

Where there is a will…..

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16 08 2018
Aquila

Maybe. Doing the kind of work that would be necessary to accomplish a vegetable garden of that nature would be far beyond my physical capabilities. I have suggested it to a couple of neighbors who live in nearby apartment building but no one is inclined as it’s city property.

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16 08 2018
dayphoto

Oh. Shoot

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15 08 2018
insearchofitall

Bet if you started a garden out there the city would decide to come clean it up. That’s how they work. Nature always finds a way doesn’t it?

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16 08 2018
Aquila

Nature is incredible!. I haven’t the physical ability to clean up that alley or do the kind of work that would be neccesary to start a vegetable garden of that sort. You’re right though, if someone did go to the effort of doing that the city would come in and destroy the vegetable garden and then cite them for destruction of city property or some other silly thing. I do that a vegetable garden would be a good use of that land, it’s an alley in name only.

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7 10 2018
Sheryl

It’s amazing how the cattails are able to grow in a spot like this.

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8 10 2018
Aquila

I agree. As the days have gone by I’m coming to think these are not cattails, but one of the tall grasses that grow along damp road edges in places. There have not been any seed heads yet, they may not be old enough for that since they really only got a good start this spring. They were cut down last year. It’s always damp in that corner, hot with full sun and the plants evidently really like it there and they don’t need any care at all.

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