Saturday, March 12, 2011

Landscapes of Commerce, Part 1

  Is there an unwritten law that demands sameness, lack of  imagination, and heavy use of power hedge shears in the typical business 'park' ? My camera and I visited a nearby complex that features both  the abysmal and a step outside the box.

 This building was health club back in the 90's which subsequently fell on hard times. A developer bought and remodeled it several years ago. The paint color was controversial -people either loved or loathed it. When the landscaping went in it was pretty clear that it was in fact a design, a real design that was symbiotic with the building and the hardscape. Dodonea never looked so good.

 





A fence of stainless steel cables between wooden posts is draped with Clematis armandii , flowering now
above waves of Stipa . Believe it or not, this building is presently occupied by the Social Security Administration. There is a great deal of Lavender planted here too, and in summer when it blooms against the terra cotta tones of the building--nice !



 In the same complex ...I mean, if they have to do this how about coming up with some interesting shapes ? A
bird ? A football ? Anything.




Should it even be legal to do this to Rosemary and Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) ? Why not just plant boxwood and call it good ? Flowers are rarely if ever seen on either one of these.


 Would you do this to your Grevillia ? I thought not.

4 comments:

  1. Oh my...that last picture is one of the saddest things I've seen in awhile...

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  2. Nice photos. That dodonea really pops against that paint. Well done! As for the last three examples, that's nothing that I haven't seen around here too, sorry to say. I've seen big phormiums cut back to a foot high.

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  3. The Ivy oozing out of the Grevillea completes the tragedy.

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  4. This reminds me of a series I photographed and submitted to the township...and things were CHANGED to my astonishment!

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