|Fothergilla gardenii - one of my favourite deciduous shrubs|
|Trees along our driveway - Claret Ash and Golden Elm|
|Claret Ash (Fraxinus raywoodii) and European Ash (F. excelsior)|
|Golden Elm, Ash, Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)|
I took the above photos this morning, of the trees along our driveway. Every time I arrive home, I am reminded that someone many years ago had the forethought to plant the trees, and for that I am thankful.
It made me think about the trees in our public parks - many of them war memorials. The people that planted these trees would never get to see them reach maturity, but many generations later, we get the benefit. In Masterton, the memorial trees are mostly English Oaks or Pin Oaks.
These trees above are at Queen Elizabeth Park. I used to have to rake up the leaves of these trees when I was doing my practical work there towards my degree. One of my favourite jobs back then. Still is - but on a much smaller scale nowadays!!
|Younger trees at Henley Lake in Masterton|