Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel at Invermay Campus, Sun 26 Nov 2017
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 →
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 →
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
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 →
Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Garrya elliptica or Coast silk tassel at Milton, Otago, NZ; 21 Aug 2017. Native (endemic) to the coastal counties of California from Ventura County to southwestern Oregon. Winter flowering shrub or tree. The male plant is the most showy with long catkins.
Rhododendron 'Chrysomanicum' at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, Sat 26 Aug 2017 Nigel Cowburn | Growplan (2017)
I'm a Landscape Architect based in Dunedin, New Zealand, mainly focused on rural landscape design and working throughout Otago and Southland (further afield by arrangement). I want to help farmers achieve a balance between running their farms at a profit while also achieving good environmental outcomes. I also get involved with other rural design including... Continue Reading →