Magnolia

The flowers won’t last long given the winds we’re having, but some of the local magnolias have great displays at present.

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The street trees

There was an impressive avenue of mature melaleucas lining  a street not far from us. I’ve previously commented on how good they were.

As it was

But no longer – they’ve all been cut down!    I just don’t “get it”.   There’s nothing that I can find on the Council’s website to explain this drastic action.   Yet normally, the Council is quite conscientious about street trees, so what the story is behind this action has me baffled.

Trees all gone!
Work in progress

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Autumn leaves

We’ve got plane trees in our street.  They’re tough and provide a nice canopy in the hotter months but are unpopular with some because their leaves make a big mess in autumn (and can’t be easily composted).

However, the Council does its best, and again this year sent a couple of guys along to hand sweep the leaves out of the gutter so that the street sweeping machine could scoop them up.   Fair enough, but there are still a good many leaves yet to fall…..!