Horse Chestnut flower (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii'), Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken 26 Nov 2017

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Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel at Invermay Campus, Sun 26 Nov 2017

Nigel @ Petridish. Dunedin NZ

Petridish @ 8 Stafford Street is the shared office space in Dunedin where Nigel has his Growplan office. The resident co-workers are currently introducing themselves via the Petridish Facebook Page and this is the intro that Nigel contributed. Thought I'd share it with Growplan followers on WordPress! -- Cheers, Liz By the way, Nigel has... Continue Reading →

Giving Beauty Space and Time. Guest Post by Nigel Cowburn

Guest post that I wrote for the “Where and What is Beauty?” series on Exploring Colour -Nigel

Exploring Colour

Any aesthetic experience which leads to a loss of sense of self, a stepping out of time and just being – this is beauty to me. We speak of being absorbed in an experience and it’s as if our self – right down to the molecules – is blending with what we encounter.

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Beauty is as much about giving ourselves the time and head space to simply ‘be’ as it is about our surroundings being rich enough for our absorption. However our places don’t need to be very complex; a single tree shading an ordinary sidewalk suffices. Only yesterday walking during a hot Nor-Wester (a föhn wind) into the shade of a plane tree, there was a sudden stilling of time within the tree-space; I had to turn around and walk back in again to feel the coming together of filtered green light, soft foliage fragrance…

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Waxing Wisterical

I keep driving past this old ruined farmhouse near Milton in South Otago, New Zealand.  Early this month I was able to stop and take a look. With the wisteria in bloom, it really does draw one in to an earlier time. The people are gone The plant is still there The plant is the... Continue Reading →

Saturated Colour

We visited Larnach Castle recently in very claggy conditions expecting to just run from carpark to cafe but were immediately arrested by the light green layering of the wedding cake trees, and held spellbound by an extremely fragrant Rhododendron. But what really struck us was how rich the colours were; succulent mauves, subtle - but... Continue Reading →

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) and thyme growing wild at Cromwell Gorge, Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken yesterday, 19 Oct 2017 on a sunny, hot afternoon during a business trip

Nigel enjoying some time off, looking around the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Bromeliad area. Open day, Sunday 15 October, 2017. Photo taken by Liz

Pot Lines

Stored plant pots at the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken on Sun 15 October, 2017 (open day). Click to enlarge... I wish they were in my garden - nothing beats terracotta for nurturing young plants as the container breathes and has good drainage, although you may need to water more... Continue Reading →

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