This post is all about trees in the landscape. It includes a variety of trees that Nigel’s photographed in the UK and New Zealand. I’ve put it together in response to Leya’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees with a focus on landscape because Nigel is a NZ-based landscape architect. –Ms. Liz, Exploring Colour
All photos in this post taken by Nigel Cowburn
New Zealand cabbage tree, Cordyline australis, growing in a pastoral landscape. It has panicles of white flowers, see RHS. Iconic native tree.
Cabbage trees near Clutha District Council, Balclutha. Interesting form where the old fronds are being retained on the trunks. Eye-catching group!
Travelling overseas a few years ago, we found it really interesting to find native NZ plants growing far from home. Below at the Eden Project in Cornwall (2010) we found our native Pittosporum eugenioides or lemonwood being grown as standards. Native trees in New Zealand are rarely shaped (except as hedges for shelter).
Lemonwood has beautiful flowers that perfume the air with an intoxicating scent. The photo below was taken by a rural road in Southland, New Zealand.
Here’s another native NZ tree, Griselinia littoralis or broadleaf. It’s very common for this tree to be used for hedges in NZ. But this isn’t NZ, this is at Heligan in Cornwall, also in 2010. The scallop invites the visitor to peer over the hedge…
and your curiosity is well rewarded..
Back down south here in NZ, an old farm garden with a much wilder appearance – yet the trees still inspire admiration.
Recalling the scallop shape in the hedge at Heligan, here’s another scallop shape for a very different purpose. This South Island shelter hedge must be kept away from the high-tension powerlines. If Nigel designed the planting for this situation he’d use trees where the natural maximum height doesn’t interfere with the wires.
Let’s have colour.. here’s a stunning NZ native tree in full bloom, brightening up a dreary Invercargill street with golden blossom. Our native kowhai (Sophora species).
Colour isn’t always about the flowers or foliage, it can also be the bark. Nigel took this photo of a pollarded plane tree in Alexandra, Central Otago (NZ).
Form and function. Here’s a beautiful farm treescape that we admire on every trip to Dunedin – it’s right by the highway.
Even formal plantings can inspire fun. I kidded Nigel to pretend to pull this tree out of the ground and he put on a great performance. His caption for the photo.. It’s easy!
In 2011 we visited The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland and it was a magic garden experience, a highlight of our travels. Here are two photos from the garden.
Platanus orientalis roof trained
A bright and colourful tree to finish this post.. Nigel found this painted tree sculpture at Wanaka (near Queenstown), New Zealand.
Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Growplan (2019)