The North (rainwater) River
Finally I carried through with a project that has been playing around in my mind for many, many months – damming The North (rainwater) River. There were two existing border walls, put into place this spring because the dirt was washing away from the fronts of the beds on each side of this area where rainwater rushes, after flowing downhill from all areas of the front of the property, and merging near this area to rush with great force on to the lower back of the property. My attention was brought to this dirt being washed away when I noticed countless jonquil bulbs poking out the sides of the then-unwalled beds, exposed and in peril. Having a not-flat property is creating some splendid design possibilities, but most of these designs are my effort to control erosion.
Maybe not the shape I would prefer, but it works to connect the two existing walls, and will quickly slow the velocity of the rainwater during heavy storms.
The path of rainwater flow is evident – from outside the gate, underneath the gate, and into these back gardens – gaining speed and soil-moving strength as it travels. Maybe that gutter downspout needs to be modified so the rainwater from it will travel away from this area, into the usually drier area to the left. I’m not ready for a rain barrel yet. Any other ideas?
The river will pool between the gate and the new paver wall (downhill), cresting over the top of the wall more slowly and, hopefully, more gently.
The 3″ layer of mulch, applied this spring, has long-since washed away. The North (rainwater) River is again cutting into the silt clay, which is no longer covered with topsoil.
Rocks on left side of pooling area will hold back the luscious soil for the azalea and creeping gardenia. With time, the pool area will fill with organic material, and the rocks will be less visible, especially as the azalea and creeping gardenia mature.
Emily, the Inspection Supervisor, arrives. Emily is the Supervisor Of Everything!
Katy has joined the Inspection Crew, and all details are being scrutinized.
Katy wonders why this isn’t deeper, and made into a pool where she can swim.
During the last downpour of rain, this centipede sat here a long time, waiting for the floodwaters to recede.
The sight of rushing rainwater, cutting more and more deeply into the earth, is distressing to the gardener. I am already planning another rainwater retaining wall ‘downstream’. Stay tuned!