Currently I’m down in Cork city, and when here I’m trying to absorb as much of the fabulous Horticulture which exists here. The mild climate here, combined with warm soils, allows for many unusual and tender plants to flourish here which our climate in the North West wouldn’t be as hospitable for them.Also the light levels here during the year are amongst the highest in Ireland and the Autumn colours are amazing, from the grounds of Blarney to Fitzgerald Park, Fota and down through Cobh the colours on the trees have been amazing!One tree which is standing out here and which also does very well in our own part of the world if the fabulous Sweetgum tree, Liquidambar styraciflua. Advertisement In the summer months these Sweetgum tree are nice shaped trees, narrow in growth, so ideal for smaller gardens, although listed as being tall growing in our climate they make a nice Medium sized tree – ideally planted as a specimen in the lawn or as a focal point, but I’ve seen them used in Avenues and they work well too, especially in larger sweeping gardens.Corky wings on stems of sweetgum trees are interesting in winter!Photo taken September 2010. Copyright Jeremy Stovall.Like any plant you grow for autumn foliage the colourful foliage remains as long as the wind and weather plays ball, so in years when the wind howls you’ll have a shorter period to enjoy, but in years like this when all the stars align the colour is fab!Once the foliage has fallen the stems have a corky nature to them and the stem has nice colouration, both can be admired well up close in smaller gardens.Although unusual sounding Sweetgum trees are easily sourced in your local garden centre, and don’t be put off if they look a bit ‘twiggy’ when you buy one, once planted the tree quickly establishes and within a few short seasons you’ll have a tree shaping up nicely! Advertisement DD Gardening: Some ‘sweet’ colour this Autumn was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Autumndd gardeningGareth Austinsweetgum treeswinter
Owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Ltd. managed to cut its net loss amid a seasonal weakening in demand for LNG shipping in the second quarter of 2018.For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, loss attributable to the owners of GasLog stood at USD 3.6 million, shrinking from a loss of USD 7.5 million seen in the corresponding quarter in 2017.The company’s revenues for the period reached USD 132.8 million, up from USD 129.9 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier,“As we anticipated, there was seasonal weakening in demand for LNG and for LNG shipping in the second quarter. LNG shipping spot rates troughed in late April but then more than doubled through June, driven by counter seasonal strength in LNG demand and Asian pricing that provided a clear arbitrage opportunity between the Atlantic and Pacific Basins,” Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer, explained.“If this recent momentum is maintained through the 2018/19 winter, we expect the future financial performance of our spot vessels to show significant improvement on the second quarter of 2018.”The company continued to execute its long-term strategy in the period with a contract for a seven-year time charter party with a subsidiary of Centrica. Against this, the company ordered a new 180,000 cbm LNG carrier with LP-2S propulsion from Samsung for delivery in the third quarter of 2020.“We now have five newbuilds on order for delivery in 2019 and 2020, three of which have committed multi-year charters, while the two uncommitted newbuilds are expected to deliver into an attractive LNG shipping market,” GasLog said.The longer-term supply and demand fundamentals for LNG remain very positive, with China’s LNG imports, in particular, increasing 50% year-on-year in the first half of 2018. Demand for natural gas and LNG remains robust, underpinned in the second quarter by significant increases in demand from major Asian consumers.
Noida: Noida Authority on Sunday continued the third Phase of ‘Safaigiri’ programme and carried out intensified cleaning of roads and sectors in the city. Officials said that the drive was carried out in sector 52, 82, 19, 11, Jhundpura village and others.During the drive, residents of these sectors turned up in good numbers to register their active participation in the cleanliness drive. Staff from all departments – water, horticulture, electricity and public health – visited the sectors and took stock of sanitation and other civic issues. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Safaigiri drive was launched on August 25 which is aimed to clean the city and know the civic issues of various residential sectors. Under the drive, we also make people aware of how to segregate waste at their end and an oath is also delivered to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings,” said a senior officer of Noida authority. The drive was launched to improve Noida’s rating in Swachh Bharat Survey 2020. During the Safaigiri, which ran for three hours from 7 am till 10 am, residents along with officials went at every corner of these sectors and picked up wrappers and other waste from roads and parks. Earlier, the second phase of Safaigiri was carried out on September 1, in sector 14, 18, 46 and 105 of Noida. Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer Ritu Maheshwari also participated in the drive at sector 14 of Noida. The CEO listened to the civic issues from the residents and distributed home composting kits and dust bin to the residents.