Privet Hedges

Huh? Who'd want to read about privet?


If spring is the season for the Meadows cherries, autumn is the time to see the Bruntsfield Links maples.

Indian Bean Trees

Another exotic new planting. 

Persian Iron Wood

A new planting, spotted hidden away in a playpark behind the tennis courts, just as it was about to lose its first leaves. This one is going to be stunning if it survives the relentless December rain.

Giant Redwoods

Three Giant Redwoods have recently appeared and with a bit of luck will soon be taller than the Scott Monument.


Sycamores are deceptively similar to the Norway maple.  If you are photographing in autumn and you are an idiot, you will get home to find you have 250 photos of maples and one sycamore.

London Plane

Anyone who's looked up on London pavements has probably seen the beautiful mottled bark of the London Planes.


This picture is ruined by the rodent in the middle, but you get the idea here about how fascinating bark can be.


The whitebeam is a park tree. There aren't many in the wild, which is maybe why so few people know much about them.  


Some trees grow as straight as pillars, but not the crooked Hawthorn.

The Argyle Owl

I'm grateful to the people who wander over while I'm taking pictures and point out things I'd never have noticed. Such as this owl. I was told he's been there for over eight years.


Elms are fantastically Gothic in the cold seasons.

September Hunt

It's September and there's hardly an acorn or a chestnut to be seen. You wouldn't think there were that many squirrels in the Meadows but they sure do get out there in their little pick-up trucks. I needed a large cappucino and cake by the time I finally spotted this acorn. (OK, I didn't "need" coffee and cake but let me just say that this blog does not welcome pedants. However, while we're on the subject of coffee and cake, it needs to be mentioned that the area is hoaching with good coffee and tea shops, and fine cake can be found in several of them, including the Pavilion Cafe on the Meadows itself)