As we were about to leave for Napier a few weeks ago, John let me know the council had arrived and were in the process of planting a tree. So at risk of annoying him (because we were already running late), I stopped packing for a few minutes, grabbed the camera and rushed outside to record the moment. I’m sure some of the people who turn up at our place must think, who is this crazy woman? In this case, why is she so excited about a tree?!
When we married almost seven years ago, we had mature camellias and rhododendrons flowering close to the house. Unfortunately they blocked a lot of light from the living area so when we cleaned up the section with intent to renovate, they were among the first to go, along with several citrus trees from around the back.
Camellia & Rhododendron
There was a Himalayan Cedar, aka Cedrus deodara, a huge tree worthy of its own post (see The Saga of the Cedar).
Our next-door neighbours had a small, prettily-shaped kowhai which we could see from our main bedroom. This was very attractive to tuis when it was in flower in the springtime; I loved hearing the birdsong as they enjoyed the nectar, and had to laugh when I saw one chasing other birds away so it could have the tree all to itself! Last year the neighbours chopped the tree down; I’m not sure why, maybe the dropped flowers made too much of a mess on an otherwise pristine section. I was disappointed enough to put a status update on Facebook (I don’t update very often).
Then there was the variegated pohutukawa. Planted on another corner of our section and effectively on council land, it was initially surrounded by other trees and shrubs. Council workers came to give the area a tidy-up and removed most of the other trees, leaving a tall and misshapen pohutukawa on its own. It gradually filled out and flowered and was looking good. Until it grew too close to the power lines; then it also was removed.
Variegated Pohutukawa in flower
Its been a while since we lost the other trees and we had almost forgotten the council’s promise of a replacement. Until the arborists arrived…
And now we have a Prunus amanogawa. It’s a type of flowering cherry, otherwise known as ‘flagpole cherry’ or ‘lombard poplar cherry’. Results of a quick google search also indicated that the flowers are attractive to birds, including tuis.
I’m looking forward to spring this year. 🙂
Prunus amanogawa newly planted
Prunus amanogawa (flowering cherry) in bud