Monday, November 28, 2011

Ancients in Profile

 Some ancient and familiar silhouettes line the serpentine. The ancient tree species I love tend to have conveniently recognisable shapes. The "billowing column" almost always means Taxodium distichum (the Bald or Swamp Cypress - in nature they form rather different shapes as they tend to form stands rather than grow in isolation).

It also colours a spectacular burnt orange when autumn arrives. This makes those jade green cones rather stand out.


A spiky "star shaped lolipop" profile means Ginkgo biloba


and Ginkgo biloba means an autumnal gift of a thousand golden crowns....


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